THE WINNER: Luke Salerno
School: Essex (Essex Junction, Vt.)
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He had led the Hornets to a 10-2 record at the time of his selection. Through 12 games, Salerno owned a 4-1 record with a 0.80 ERA on the mound, with a .368 batting average and 10 RBI at the plate. He has posted 38 strikeouts against just nine walks in 35 innings-pitched. Salerno was an Honorable Mention All-Metro selection as a junior.
Academic excellence: Salerno has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball and basketball programs.
“Salerno’s a very good pitcher,” said Tim Albertson, head coach at Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg, Vt.). “He throws two or three pitches well and mixes them up nicely. At the plate, he has a good eye and he can hit for power.”
THE FUTURE: Salerno will play for Castleton State College.