Luke Fernandes, a senior pitcher and shortstop from Marshwood High School in South Berwick, has been named the 2012 Gatorade Maine Baseball Player of the Year.
Fernandes has led Marshwood to a 14-2 regular-season record and the No. 1 seed for postseason play in Western Maine Class A.
Through the Hawks’ first 15 games, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound right-hander had compiled a 4-1 pitching record with a 1.83 earned run average and 47 strikeouts and just four walks in 30 2/3 innings.
Fernandes, who has signed a National Letter of Intent accepting a baseball scholarship from Boston College, is batting .404 with 14 RBIs for Marshwood, which is coached by his father, Eric Fernandes.
“Fernandes has an above-average fastball, a very good breaking ball and he understands what pitching is all about,” said Sanford coach Marc Boissonneault. “When he’s on the mound he’s in command of everything around him.
“He’s also one of the tougher outs in the league; just a good, solid, all-around player.”
Fernandes already is a three-time All-Maine first team honoree, as well as a Rawlings/Perfect Game first-team all-region choice.
He joins recent Gatorade Maine Baseball Players of the Year Scott Heath of Westbrook (2011), 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) among the state’s list of winners in the 27-year history of the award.
The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
Fernandes is the first Gatorade Maine Baseball Player of the Year from Marshwood High School.
Bangor to play for KVAC titles
Bangor High School will compete for Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A baseball and softball championships in the next two days.
The Bangor baseball team, which finished its regular season with a 15-1 record good for the No. 1 seed in Eastern Maine Class A, will host No. 2 Lewiston (13-3) for the conference crown at 5 p.m. Saturday at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, weather permitting.
Bangor and Lewiston did not meet during the regular season, but squared off in last spring’s Eastern Maine championship game, in which Lewiston scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn a 5-4 victory to secure its first regional title since 1950.
Rain date for the game is 5 p.m. Monday.
The Bangor softball team, 11-5 and ranked third in Eastern A, will participate in the four-team KVAC Class A championship tournament on Friday at Cony High School in Augusta.
The one-day tourney will feature the top four teams in the region, with Bangor facing second-ranked Messalonskee of Oakland (13-3) at 3 p.m. and top-seeded Cony (16-0) facing No. 4 Erskine Academy of South China at 5 p.m.
The semifinal winners will meet for the title at 7 p.m.
FA’s Philpot receives MPA’s ‘Unsung Heroine’ award
Gene Philpot, a physical education and health teacher and coach at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft for the last 35 years, has been recognized by the Maine Principals’ Association with its 2012 Unsung Heroine in Maine Sports Award.
The award is given annually to individuals who are positive role models in high school sports in Maine.
Philpot, who was among the inaugural inductees into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame last fall, has more than 350 coaching victories as the Ponies’ head field hockey coach and guided the team to state championships in 1991 and 2007, as well as a third Eastern Maine crown in 2010.
In my twenty-three years in education, I have not worked with a more professional, dedicated, positive role model than Ms. Philpot,” wrote Foxcroft Academy headmaster Arnold Shorey in nominating Philpot for the award.