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Gatorade picks MacDonald as POY

Winnacunnet High School catcher Cam MacDonald has been selected as the 2020-21 New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year.

MacDonald is the second Gatorade New Hampshire Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Winnacunnet, joining infielder Brian Maloney (2001).

The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. It distinguishes MacDonald as New Hampshire’s best high school baseball player. He is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award to be announced in July.

MacDonald, a 5-foot-6, 155-pound senior, posted a .484 batting average with eight home runs, 32 runs scored and 28 RBIs last season season, when he led the Warriors to an 18-5-1 record and a berth in the Division I state championship game. The 2021 Baseball Coaches Association of New Hampshire co-Player of the Year, MacDonald also compiled an OPS of 1.642 and guided a pitching staff that produced a 1.89 team ERA, striking out 184 batters in 129 innings.

“Cam MacDonald is the hardestworking player I have ever coached,” said Winnacunnet High head coach Aaron Abood. “He has worked to become bigger, faster and more athletic. He has been extremely coachable and a leader since his freshman year.”

MacDonald has maintained a 3.77 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Maine this fall.

MacDonald joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Baseball Players of the Year Connor Hujsak (2019-20, Goffstown High School), Brett Anderson (2018-19, Bishop Guertin High School), Grant Lavigne (2017-18, Bedford High School) and Brennen Oxford (2016-17, Oyster River High School) among the state’s list of former award winners.

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