Lynn English's Bowden named Gatorade Player of Year

In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Ben Bowden of Lynn English High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Player of the Year. Bowden is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Lynn English High School.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior left-handed pitcher posted a 4-2 record with a 0.67 ERA on the mound for the Bulldogs in the regular season. Bowden also had a save and has struck out 84 batters in 52 innings pitched, scattering 29 hits and 10 walks. At the plate, he owned a .459 on-base percentage and 13 RBI. A member of the Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team, he was a Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason High School First Team All-Northeast Region selection.

Bowden has maintained a B average in the classroom. A mentor for eighth-grade students, he has volunteered locally on behalf of a community soup kitchen.

“When Bowden hits his spots, he’s unhittable,” said Jason Tarasuik, head coach at Marblehead High. “He has a dominating fastball, he changes speeds and hits his locations. He has a great presence on the mound.”

Bowden has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Vanderbilt University this fall.

Bowden joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Players of the Year Rhett Wiseman (2011-12, Buckingham Browne & Nichols), John Gorman (2010 – 11, Catholic Memorial School), Kevin Ziomek (2009-10, Amherst Regional), Kyle McKenzie (2008–09 Thayer Academy), Scott Weismann (2007-08, Acton-Boxborough), and Jack McGeary (2006-2007, Roxbury Latin School) among the state’s list of former award winners.