New Hampshire Hardball

BG’s Anderson named top player

CHICAGO  — Bishop Guertin pitcher/first baseman Brett Anderson has been selected as the 2019 Gatorade New Hampshire Baseball Player of the Year.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Anderson as New Hampshire’s best high school baseball player.

Anderson, a junior, led the Cardinals to a 14-3 record at the time of his selection. He compiled a 4-1 record with a 1.00 ERA through 17 games, along with a .469 batting average and 14 RBIs. Anderson had allowed 24 hits in 35 innings pitched while striking out 57 batters. He was a First Team All-State selection as a sophomore and a Second Team honoree as a freshman.

Anderson has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball and basketball programs.

“Anderson is a lefty who throws the ball hard and has a real plus curveball,” Londonderry coach Brent Demas said. “He can be dominant on the mound, and he’s become a great hitter too. He hit a home run about 450 feet against us.”

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. From the 12 national winners, one male and one female athlete are each named Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year. In all, 607 athletes are honored each year.

Anderson joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Baseball Players of the Year Grant Lavigne (2018 and 2016, Bedford High School), Brennen Oxford (2017, Oyster River High School), Casey Aubin (2015, Oyster River High School), and Rob Del Signore (2014, Londonderry High School) among the state’s list of former award winners.

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