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Adenhart honored again by Gatorade

May 21, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

Williamsport senior Nick Adenhart has done it again.For the second consecutive year, Adenhart has been named Gatorade's high school baseball player of the year in Maryland.

Adenhart and winners from 47 states and the District of Columbia will be evaluated by Gatorade before a national winner is announced.

Adenhart, a potential pick in the June baseball draft and a University of North Carolina signee, posted a 5-1 record with a 0.91 earned run average and 86 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings this year. He's batting .426 with five home runs and 31 RBI.

"As a junior last year, you don't expect that kind of award," Adenhart said. "It's good to be recognized like that. It sets a precedent that you want to continue, but I just want us to win as a team."

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Past Gatorade winners include Peyton Manning in football in 1993 and Derek Jeter (1992) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1987) in baseball.

"It's a nice honor for Nick," Williamsport coach Rod Steiner said. "There are a lot of good players to beat out. It is an all-around award, and he deserves it."

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