THE WINNER: Colby Fitch
School: Hickman (Columbia, Mo.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He batted .500 with five home runs, 25 runs scored, 22 RBI and a .960 slugging percentage, leading the Kewpies (15-7) to the Class 5 district semifinals this past season. A 2012 and 2013 Under Armour Pre-season All-American, Fitch threw out 12-of-15 base runners this season.
Academic excellence: Fitch has maintained a 3.78 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has served on his school’s student council and has volunteered locally on behalf of a food bank and as part of multiple community clean-up initiatives.
“I have had the privilege of coaching against Colby Fitch and watching his growth as a player,” said Justin Towe, head coach at Rock Bridge (Columbia, Mo.). “He is unquestionably one of the most respected players in the state of Missouri. He never backs down from a challenge and he is always willing to put in the extra effort required to be successful.”
THE FUTURE: Fitch has verbally committed to Louisville.