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: Jamie Callahan
School: Dillon (S.C.)
Weight: 210 pounds
Athletic achievement: Callahan posted a 7-1 record on the mound with one save, a 0.89 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 50 innings this past season, leading the Wildcats (17-4) to the second round of the Class AA Lower State tournament. A 2011 Under Armour All-American Game participant and the No. 57 ranked prospect in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS, he also batted .439 with five home runs, 32 RBI and 28 runs-scored, compiling a 1.356 OPS.
Academic excellence: Callahan has maintained a 3.93 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics as well as food and clothing drives for needy families.
“Jamie Callahan is a great kid with a good attitude and he’s an exceptional baseball player,” said Tim Daniels, head coach at Loris (S.C.). “He’s an extremely hard worker and when he is on the field, the team is very hard to beat. There is no doubt in my mind that his incredible work ethic will propel him above others at the next level.”
THE FUTURE: Callahan has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at the University of South Carolina this fall.