2013-05-31 / Sports Spotlight

Red Storm hurler is Gatorade pick

Junior chosen as Maine’s top high school baseball player


Scarborough High School junior Ben Greenberg has been chosen as the Gatorade Maine Baseball Player of the Year. Greenberg dominates both on the mound and at the plate. He is 6-0, with a .054 ERA and is leading the team in batting average, hits, home runs and RBIs. (File photo) Scarborough High School junior Ben Greenberg has been chosen as the Gatorade Maine Baseball Player of the Year. Greenberg dominates both on the mound and at the plate. He is 6-0, with a .054 ERA and is leading the team in batting average, hits, home runs and RBIs. (File photo) In its 28th year honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, the Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports, announced May 28 that Ben Greenberg of Scarborough High School is its 2012-2013 Gatorade Maine Baseball Player of the Year.

Greenberg is the second Gatorade Maine Baseball Player of the year to be chosen from Scarborough High School. Chris Bernard won the award for the 2009 season. 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 Greenberg as Maine’s best high school baseball player.

Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award announced in May, Greenberg joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including: Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo, Mich.), Roy Halladay (1994- 95, Arvada West, Colo.), David Price (2003-04, Blackman, Tenn.), Chipper Jones (1989-90, Bolles School, Fla.), Derek Lee (1992-93, El Camino, Calif.) and John Lester (2001-02, Bellarmine Prep, Wash.).

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior righthanded pitcher and infielder has led the Red Storm to a 14-2 record through 16 games.

Greenberg owns a 6-0 record and 0.54 ERA on the mound, and a .431 batting average with two home runs and 17 RBI at the plate. He was a Maine All-Star each of the past two seasons.

Greenberg has maintained an Aminus average in the classroom. he has volunteered locally on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities, youth baseball programs and community cleanup initiatives, and raised funds to aid a school in Haiti.

“Greenberg is an outstanding player,” said Brian Dill, head coach at Kennebunk High. “He has great control of a fastball, curve and slider. He’s one of the top pitchers we’ve faced and he might be the best hitter.”

Greenberg joins recent Gatorade Maine Baseball Players of the Year Luke Fernandes (2012, Marshwood High School), Scott Heath (2011, Westbrook High School), Matt Verrier (2010, Oxford Hills), Kyle Stilphen (2008, Gardiner High) and Jarrett Lukas (2007, Old Town) among the state’s list of former award winners.

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