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: Kyle Cody
School: McDonell Central Catholic
(Chippewa Falls, Wis.)
Weight: 210 pounds
Athletic achievement: Cody led the Macks (14-6) to the Division IV sectional tournament, scheduled to begin May 29. At the time of his selection, he owned a 4-0 record with a 0.76 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 37 innings-pitched. A 2011 First Team All-State honoree, Cody also batted .419 with 12 RBIs and 11 runs scored through 20 games.
Academic excellence: Cody has maintained a 3.45 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of an area homeless shelter, as a youth baseball camp counselor and as part of multiple clean-up initiatives in his town.
“Kyle Cody is an extremely hard worker and a goal-oriented individual,” said McDonell Central Catholic head coach Eric Wedemeyer. “He sets his mind to a goal and strives to be the best that he can be.”
THE FUTURE: Cody has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Kentucky this fall.