Baseball: Koplove named Gatorade player of year for PA

Penn Charter's Kenny Koplove, a senior shortstop and pitcher, has been named Gatorade baseball player of the year for Pennsylvania.

On the mound, the 6-foot-1, 160-pound righthander went 9-2 with a 2.22 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings. He walked 22.

At the plate, Koplove, who is bound for Duke, batted .340 wiith 23 runs, 20 RBIs, 6 doubles, and 2 triples. He was 12-for-13 on stolen-base attempts.

Koplove helped lead Penn Charter to a 25-7 overall record and 6-4 mark in the Inter-Academic League. The Quakers advanced to the semifinals of the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Baseball Tournament before falling to Haverford School,

Past Gatorade player-of-the-year winners from Southeastern Pennsylvania include Germantown Academy infielder Sean Coyle (2010), Malvern Prep catcher Mike Lubanski (2009), and Kennedy-Kenrick outfielder Chris Lubanski (2003).

Chris Lubanski, selected by the Kansas City Royals with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft, was also named Gatorade's national baseball player of the year.

-Rick O'Brien