The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.
Junior Pitcher/Infielder, Weston High (Weston, CT)
2012 Team record: 13-8
2012 Team standing: Begins Class M state tournament, May 29
2012 Batting average: .327
2012 RBI: 18
2012 Runs: 14
2012 W-L record: 7-2
2012 ERA: 1.53
2012 Strikeouts: 84
Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: St. John's
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: All-State; All-Conference; The Hour All-Area team.
Senior Pitcher/Shortstop, Brien McMahon High (Norwalk, CT)
2012 Team record: 16-6
2012 Team standing: Begins Class LL state tournament, May 29
2012 Batting average: .400
2012 RBI: 18
2012 Runs: 23
2012 W-L record: 7-1
2012 ERA: 1.35
2012 Strikeouts: 71
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Connecticut
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Conference Player of the Year; All-State; Holds school record for triples and stolen bases.
Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.
Vin Siena: Senior Shortstop, Amity High (Woodbridge, CT)
Justin Morhardt: Senior Catcher, Gilbert School (Winsted, CT)
Nolan Long: Senior Pitcher, Waterford High (Waterford, CT)
Patrick Mazeika: Senior Catcher, Salisbury School (Salisbury, CT)
Joe Burns: Senior Catcher, St. Joseph High (Trumbull, CT)
Matt Albanese: Junior Outfielder/Pitcher, Xavier High (Middletown, CT)
Dylan Callahan: Senior Shortstop/Pitcher, Greenwich High (Greenwich, CT)
Tom Malone: Junior Outfielder, Masuk High (Monroe, CT)
Bobby Moretti: Junior Pitcher/First Baseman, West Haven High (West Haven, CT)
Gary Flowers: Senior Pitcher, Notre Dame High (West Haven, CT)
Casey Gaynor: Senior Pitcher, Greenwich High (Greenwich, CT)
Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.