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: Ty Hensley
School: Santa Fe (Edmond, Okla.)
Weight: 220 pounds
Athletic achievement: Hensley posted a 10-0 record on the mound along with a 1.52 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 55.33 innings pitched this past season, leading the Wolves (30-9) to the Class 6A state semifinals. A 2011 Under Armour All-American Game participant and the No. 35 ranked prospect in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS, he also batted .447 with 10 home runs, 41 RBI and 27 runs scored with a 1.489 OPS.
Academic excellence: Hensley has maintained a 3.70 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally visiting patients at the Bethany Children’s Center pediatric hospital in addition to donating his time as a youth baseball coach and camp counselor.
“Ty Hensley is a tremendous athlete,” said Tony Holt, head coach at Stillwater (Okla.). “I’ve competed against him for three years and he swings the bat well but he’s really going to make his mark as a pitcher. He has the size, strength and the athletic ability to be very successful in the future.”
THE FUTURE: Hensley has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Mississippi this fall.