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: Mason Feole
School: Prout School (Wakefield, R.I.)
Position: Left-handed pitcher and first baseman
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Crusaders to an 11-6 record entering this week’s regular-season game against Chariho High, scheduled for May 23. Feole is 5-1 with a 0.72 ERA on the mound. He has allowed just 25 hits and nine walks while striking out 67 batters in 39 innings pitched. At the plate, the 2015 Division II-South Player of the Year is batting .326 with 11 runs scored and nine RBI.
Academic excellence: Feole has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: A member of the Prout Pride Club, he has volunteered locally with a peer ministry and his school’s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions. He has also donated his time as a school tour guide and as a youth baseball coach.
“Mason Feole has been the best pitcher in Division II for the past four years,” said Keith Vellone, head coach of Narragansett High. “He consistently dominates teams each game. His ability to change speeds, keep batters off balance and have command of the strike zone are just a few of Mason’s attributes.”
THE FUTURE: Feole has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Connecticut beginning this fall.