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: Paul Witt
School: Jefferson (Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.)
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: He had led the Cougars to a 31-3 record and a berth in the Region 2 Tournament at the time of his selection. Witt owned a .510 batting average with 31 RBI, 51 runs scored and a .586 on-base percentage through 34 games. A First Team All-State selection, he was also named to the USA TODAY’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA West Virginia Second Team.
Academic excellence: Witt has maintained a 3.19 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball programs.
“Witt is one of the most polished high school baseball players I’ve seen,” said Dirk Webb, Hedgesville High head coach. “He’s consistent and far above average offensively. He has some of the best technique, softest hands and overall baseball IQ that I’ve seen at the high school level.”
THE FUTURE: Witt has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University this fall.