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: Trey Killian
School: Mountain Home (Ark.)
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Weight: 190 pounds
Athletic achievement: Killian posted an 8-1 record on the mound along with a 0.88 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 64 innings this past season, leading the Bombers (17-15) to the Class 6A state quarterfinals. A 2011 First Team All-State selection and 2011 Under Armour All-American, he also batted .303 with 23 runs scored and nine stolen bases in nine attempts.
Academic excellence: Killian has maintained a 3.14 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of fundraising initiatives to benefit cancer research and assisted in relief efforts for area flood victims.
“Trey Killian is a true competitor,” said Jerome Harper, head coach at Hall (Little Rock, Ark.). “He is all about making his team better and doing whatever it takes to win.”
THE FUTURE: Killian has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Arkansas this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in next month’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.