A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Alex Robinson
School: Holy Trinity (Hicksville, N.Y.)
Position: Left-handed pitcher
Weight: 225 pounds
Athletic achievement: Robinson led the Titans to a 15-8 record and the Nassau-Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Association championship series against St. John the Baptist Diocesan (West Islip, N.Y.), scheduled for May 29. Through 23 games, he owned a 7-0 record on the mound with a 0.41 ERA, recording 109 strikeouts and allowing just 14 hits in 51 innings pitched. An All-Long Island selection, Robinson was also the CHSAA Pitcher of the Year.
Academic excellence: Robinson has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A math and science tutor for grade school students, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball programs.
“Robinson is an awesome pitcher and an intimidating presence on the mound,” said Mike Pienkos, head coach at rival Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.). “He throws it hard, he’s got a nasty breaking ball and he’s got outstanding control.”
THE FUTURE: Robinson has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Maryland this fall.