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Norwood student named baseball player of the year

Posted by Sarah Favot  June 7, 2011 10:00 AM

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John Gorman, of Norwood, was named Massachusetts's Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year. Photo provided by Catholic Memorial School.

A Catholic Memorial graduate from Norwood has been named Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Player of the Year.

John Gorman, who graduated from Catholic Memorial last month, is the first player from the school to receive the honor, according to a press release from the school.

The Gatorade Player of the Year Program recognizes "America's elite high school student-athletes" for academic achievement for athletic prowess and strong character, according to the release.

Gorman is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.

At the time of his selection for the award, Gorman, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound right-handed pitcher, had a 6-1 record on the mound with a 0.14 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 51 innings, according to the release.

Gorman is also a third baseman with a .362 batting average, 13 runs scored, 11 RBIs, four doubles, and one home run in 19 games.

Hal Carey, Catholic Memorial's head baseball coach, had praise for Gorman's accomplishments.

"He's been phenomenal this year, especially pitching," said Carey in the release. "He's been dominant on the mound. He works fast, throws hard and has great control of his fastball, change, and curve. As a pitcher, he's one of the best in the state. Add the hitting, and he's tremendous. He's done it for four years, and this is a tough sport to be that consistent. He's great all-around, probably the best in my seven years here."

Aside from his accomplishments on the field, Gorman has maintained an A-plus average in the classroom.

Gorman has also volunteered in the community on behalf of the National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and Catholic Memorial's leadership and service program by coordinating the school's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

He is also a youth baseball and basketball coach.

Gorman has signed a letter of intent to play baseball on scholarship for Boston College this fall.

Sarah Favot can be reached at sarah.yourtown@gmail.com.

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