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State’s Gatorade No. 1
Bennett also sets national record


Ethan Bennett, Farragut High School standout catcher, Tennessee Vols signee, state single-season home run record-holder (27) and District 4-AAA Player of the Year, can add another high mark of distinction.

Bennett, who also set the national record for home runs in consecutive games when he blasted 16 during a 10-game span in April, has been named Gatorade Company 2009-10 State Baseball Player of the Year.


“I’ve never seen any season like the one Ethan has had,” FHS head coach Matt Buckner said. “You can’t compare it to anyone. He’s one of the best kids and best leaders I’ve ever had ... he’s always about the team. To me, that’s the most special thing about him. His talent, what he’s done, speaks for itself. ... He’s a tremendous field general. He’s every bit as good as everybody says he is.”

Bennett now is a finalist for Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award to be announced later this month.

As a senior, this 6-foot-1, 210-pounder batted .410 with 73 RBI, 56 runs scored on to of his home run state record this spring, helping lead the Admirals (42-6) to a third consecutive Class AAA state championship.

Bennett, a John Mauer Award honoree for athletic and academic achievement. also was named a 2009-10 ESPN RISE Southeast Region Athlete of the Week.

An accomplished guitarist, Bennett maintained a 3.80 weighted grade point average in the classroom.

Also a returning First Team All-Region selection as named by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association, Bennett batted .360 with 39 RBI and 11 home runs as a junior helping FHS win the 2009 state crown.

 

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