The Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2014-15 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Donny Everett
School: Clarksville (Tenn.)
Weight: 230 pounds
Athletic achievement: He posted a 9-1 record with two saves, a 0.93 ERA and 124 strikeouts against just eight walks in 68 innings-pitched this past season, leading the Wildcats (30-11) to the Class AAA regional semifinals. Everett batted .412 with two home runs, 32 runs-scored and 34 RBI. A preseason First Team All-American as named by Louisville Slugger and Perfect Game USA, he worked 21 walks and belted 13 extra-base hits, recording a .500 on-base percentage and .579 slugging percentage in his final prep campaign.
Academic excellence: Everett has maintained a 3.62 GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“His athletic excellence speaks for itself in his statistics,” said Brian Welp, head coach of rival Henry County. “But the impressive thing was that he always went about his business without showing up his opponents, and his work ethic could be seen at an early age as a developing freshman.”
THE FUTURE: Everett has signed with Vanderbilt, but is projected as an early round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft.