Eric White, a senior third baseman from Brewer High School, is one of four finalists for the 2010 Dr. John W. Winkin Award that is presented annually to the state’s top senior high school baseball player.
White, a four-year starter for the Witches, led coach Dana Corey’s Witches to a 12-4 record good for fourth place in the final Eastern Maine Class A Heal point ratings.
Brewer was scheduled to host No. 5 Lewiston on Thursday in a regional quarterfinal at Heddericg Field, but that contest was postponed until 4 p.m. Friday due to inclement weather.
During his career, White helped Brewer reach the 2007 Eastern Maine Class A final and then win the 2008 Eastern A championship.
Also a hockey standout who played goaltender for the Brewer team that won the 2010 Class B state championship, White will attend the University of Maine in the fall.
Other finalists for the Winkin Award — known less formally as the Mr. Baseball Award — are Ryan Leach of Hall-Dale of Farmingdale, Lincoln Sanborn of Bonny Eagle of Standish and Matt Verrier of Oxford Hills of South Paris.
Verrier, a catcher, recently was named the 2010 Maine Gatorade Player of the Year for baseball.
The winner of the Winkin Award, sponsored by Webber Energy Fuels and administered by the Maine Baseball Coaches Association, will be announced June 25 at the University of Maine in Orono just before the start of the annual Maine East vs. West Senior All-Star Game.
Brewer’s White and Pat McEwen and Bangor’s Kyle Savage are among 18 high school baseball players selected to represent the state in the fifth annual Maine vs. New Hampshire Senior All-Star Game, scheduled to be held June 21 at noon at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.
Other Eastern Maine players on the squad are Dakota Sleeper of Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook, Forrest Chadwick of Gardiner, Ryan Minoty, Jake Lachance and Charlie Partridge, all of Cony of Augusta, Matt Gordon of Edward Little of Auburn, Verrier and Josh Gaudette of Waterville.
Western Maine players on the team are Leach, Ryan LaFleur of Dirigo of Dixfield, Jake Rutt of Scarborough, Sanborn, Steve Trask of Thornton Academy of Saco and Nick Whittaker of Yarmouth.
The Maine-New Hampshire contest will be followed at 4:15 p.m. by the annual Maine Underclassmen All-Star Game.
MA’s Tash wins family feud
For Tyler Tash, Tuesday’s four-hitter against Mount Desert Island not only advanced the Mattanawcook Academy baseball team to Thursday’s Eastern Maine Class B quarterfinals, it also settled a family dispute of sorts.
The win was the 17th of Tash’s career, breaking the Lincoln school’s career record for victories he shared with his father, Edwin “Tiger” Tash, who had 16 wins for the Lynx before graduating in 1987.
The younger Tash struck out eight batters and walked five while improving his season record to 5-3 for coach Dave Hainer’s club.
“Tyler throws pretty hard for this level of competition, and he has a nice curve to keep hitters off balance,” said Hainer.
The third-year MA coach also cited Tash’s control — three times this season the senior righthander struck out at least 13 batters in a game while walking two or fewer.
Tash has played left field when not pitching this year after playing shortstop as a sophomore and a junior. He preserved MA’s 2-1 playoff win over MDI by successfully getting through the top of the Trojans’ batting order in the bottom of the seventh and overcoming a one-out walk by retiring the next two batters.
“When men are on base, he’s at his toughest,” Hainer said.