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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Updated: August 25, 5:47 PM ET
Delaware Baseball Player of the Year

In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade joined with RISE Magazine to name senior pitcher, infielder and outfielder DERRIK GIBSON of SEAFORD HIGH as its 2007-08 Delaware Baseball Player of the Year.

The state's returning Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, senior right-handed pitcher started 7-0 with a 1.47 ERA and 57 stirkeouts in 45 innings this season, leading the Blue Jays to a 13-7 record entering the state tournament. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Gibson, also an infielder and outfielder, had produced a .655 batting average, 34 runs scored, 25 RBI and five home runs at the time of his selection. He owned a 1.200 slugging percentage and a .738 on-base percentage through 20 games.

Gibson has maintained a B average in the classroom. He volunteers as part of multiple community-service initiatives, preparing meals at Thanksgiving for the Seaford's Mission of Hope in addition to donating his time as a mentor and instructor at several youth baseball camps.

"I really can't describe just how much he's meant to our program," said Seaford head coach Kenny Cummings. "Nobody plays the game harder or with as much energy as Derrik. He is the most humble and talented athlete I've ever coached."

Gibson has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at the University of North Carolina this fall.