POY Alumni: Sparking Cardinals in Game 1

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A pair of one-time Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year teamed up to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 victory against the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

Former Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter, the 1992-93 Gatorade New Hampshire Baseball Player of the Year, scattered five hits over six innings. He got support in the form of a table-setting double by 1997-98 Gatorade Oklahoma Baseball Player of the Year Matt Holliday in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Carpenter, in the midst of a brilliant postseason, threw 87 pitches and struck out four, including former two-time Gatorade North Carolina Baseball Player of the Year Josh Hamilton (1997-99), who finished 0-for-4.

A three-time All-State selection, Carpenter led Trinity High (Manchester, N.H.) to a state championship in 1992. He was drafted 15th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 1993 Major League Baseball draft and signed a $580,000 bonus.

A member of the 1997 USA Junior National Team, Holliday also captured 1997-98 Gatorade Oklahoma Football Player of the Year honors as a senior at Stillwater High (Stillwater, Okla.), where they retired his No. 24 baseball jersey in 2007.