Westbrook pitcher-outfielder Scott Heath has been named the 2011 Gatorade Maine Baseball Player of the Year, but according to his coach he’ll be unavailable for playoff duty after a spotless regular season.
Heath, a left-hander who has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Maine this fall, suffered pain in his pitching elbow during a late-season start last Tuesday and now has been relegated to outfield duty,
And in the Blue Blazes’ 3-2, eight-inning loss to Cheverus of Portland in last Saturday’s Telegram League championship game, Heath reportedly had to throw underhanded to get the ball back into the infield from his spot in the outfield.
After the game, Westbrook coach Mike Rutherford told the Portland Press Herald, “A best-case scenario, he’s out eight weeks. Worst case, he’s looking at Tommy John [surgery].”
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Heath did not allow an earned run this spring, posting a 5-0 record with 41 strikeouts in 32 innings before suffering his injury. The 2010 Telegram League most valuable player, Heath also batted .390 with 18 RBIs through the Blue Blazes’ first 15 games of the season.
“Heath is just one of those special players,” said Bonny Eagle of Standish coach Mark Sawyer. “He’s very intelligent, he throws in the high 80s and he can bust off an above-average curveball. He’s a very competitive kid and he also swings the bat well.”
Heath joins recent Gatorade Maine Baseball Players of the Year Matt Verrier of Oxford Hills of South Paris (2010), Chris Bernard of Scarborough (2009), Kyle Stilphen of Gardiner (2008) and Jarrett Lukas of Old Town (2007).
Westbrook ended the season ranked second in Western Maine Class A with a 14-2 record, and the Blue Blazes will open postseason play at home Thursday in a regional quarterfinal against No. 7 Biddeford.