BFA pitcher Connor named Gatorade POY

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By Josh Kaufmann

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BFA-St. Albans’ Mark Connor today was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Vermont baseball, the program’s third player to receive the award.

Connor has led the Bobwhites to a 13-1 record and the top spot in the Division I rankings with two regular-season games remaining, dominating on the mound and at the plate.

Through 12 games, the senior pitched to a 6-1 record with a 0.82 earned-run average while batting .548 with 20 runs batted in. A Second Team All-Metro selection as a junior, he struck out 49 while allowing just 14 hits and five walks in 34.1 innings pitched.

Gatorade honorees are selected based on athletic production and impact while also demonstrating high academic achievement and character.

Connor, who plans to continue playing baseball at Clarkson University, has maintained a 3.38 GPA.

“Connor throws as hard as anybody we’ve seen this year and he has excellent control,” Mt. Abraham coach Jeff Stetson said in a press release issued this morning by Gatorade. “He hits his spots and has a very good idea of how to pitch. He’s really hit the ball well too.”

Nick Swim was the Bobwhite baseball program’s most-recent Gatorade winner, in 2011. Craig Villeneuve won the award in 1989.