The Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Adley Rutschman
School: Sherwood (Ore.)
Position: Catcher and right-handed relief pitcher
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Bowmen to a 15-11 record and a berth in the Class 6A state tournament, scheduled to begin May 23. A returning Class 6A First Team All-State selection as named by The Oregonian, Rutschman batted .347 with three home runs, 14 RBI and 20 runs scored through 26 games. He owned a 2-0 record with five saves, a 1.00 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched entering the state postseason.
Academic excellence: Rutschman has maintained a 3.95 GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball and football instructor as well as a youth basketball scorekeeper, he has volunteered on behalf of the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival, a Vacation Bible School, Ford’s Drive 4 UR School fundraising initiative, the Sherwood High booster club and an annual charity golf tournament.
“I have been coaching high school baseball for 30 years and have never had the opportunity to coach anyone on his level,” said Sherwood head coach Jon Strohmaier. “He is truly a once-in-a-lifetime player.”
THE FUTURE: Rutschman has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Oregon State University this fall.