Vermont Baseball Player of the Year

In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade joined with RISE Magazine to name senior pitcher GREG LUTTON of MOUNT ABRAHAM UNION HIGH in Bristol as its 2007-08 Vermont Baseball Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior pitcher opened his season with a 3-1 record and a 1.45 ERA, recording 36 strikeouts in 29 innings this spring in leading the Eagles to a 9-3 start. The returning Player of the Year as named by the Addison Independent and a two-time member of the All-Metro team, Lutton had produced a .395 batting average, nine runs scored and eight RBI at the time of his selection. During Mount Abraham's 2007 Division 2 state runner-up campaign, he capped his junior season with a 1.25 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 61.1 innings.

Lutton has maintained a 3.47 GPA in the classroom. He volunteers as part of multiple community-service initiatives, serving dinners to veterans at the American Legion Post 19 in Bristol in addition to donating his time as a mentor and instructor at area youth baseball camps.

"He's an excellent, excellent pitcher-a true pitcher," said Ed Hockenberry, a former assistant coach at the University of Vermont who has coached against Lutton while directing the South Burlington American Legion Baseball team. "He hits his spots, he changes speeds very well and he's absolutely devastating on lefties. He knows how to pitch as well as anybody."

Lutton will attend the University of Vermont this fall.