THE WINNER: Ben Bowden
School: Lynn English (Lynn, Mass.)
Weight: 220 pounds
Athletic achievement: He posted a 4-2 record with a 0.67 ERA on the mound for the Bulldogs (8-10) in the regular season. Bowden also had a save and has struck out 84 batters in 52 innings pitched, scattering 29 hits and 10 walks. At the plate, he owned a .459 on-base percentage and 13 RBI.A member of the Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team, he was a Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason High School First Team All-Northeast Region selection.
Academic excellence: Bowden has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: A mentor for eighth-grade students, he has volunteered locally on behalf of a community soup kitchen.
“When Bowden hits his spots, he’s unhittable,” said Jason Tarasuik, head coach at Marblehead (Mass.). “He has a dominating fastball, he changes speeds and hits his locations. He has a great presence on the mound.”
THE FUTURE: Bowden has signed with Vanderbilt.