East Catholic junior shortstop/pitcher Jimmy Titus is leading one of the strongest offenses in the state, as the Eagles are posting 9.6 runs per contest.
As East Catholic begins its pursuit of a state crown, Titus already has some hardware to place on the shelf as the senior was named 2015 Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year.
He earned the award after posting a .458 batting average with four home runs, 14 RBI and a .917 slugging percentage.
He also posted one win and three saves with a 0.00 ERA as East Catholic’s closer, striking out 13 and surrendering just three hits in nine innings.
Titus was a Perfect Game First Team Preseason All-American.
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CHICAGO (May 28, 2015) — In its 30th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Jimmy Titus of East Catholic High School as its 2014-15 Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Player of the Year. Titus is the first Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from East Catholic High School.
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 Titus as Connecticut’s best high school baseball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year, Titus joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Roy Halladay (1994-95, Arvada West HS, Colo.), David Price (2003-04, Blackman HS, Tenn.), Chipper Jones (1989-90, Bolles School, Fla.), Derek Lee (1992-93, El Camino HS, Calif.) and Jon Lester (2001-02, Bellarmine Prep, Wash.).
The 6-foot, 185-pound junior shortstop and right-handed pitcher had led the Eagles to a 16-1 record at the time of his selection. Through 17 games, Titus owned a .458 batting average with four home runs, 14 RBI and a .917 slugging percentage. He also posted one win and three saves with a 0.00 ERA as East Catholic’s closer, striking out 13 and surrendering just three hits in nine innings. Titus was a Perfect Game First Team Preseason All-American.
Titus has maintained a 3.95 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally coaching youth baseball players and assisting the disabled with MARC, Inc. of Manchester.
“Titus is a hard-nosed ballplayer who plays the game the right way,” said Marc DiDominzio, head coach at Manchester High. “He makes plays that most shortstops can’t even think about making. Offensively, he’s able to hit for power, work a walk, drive the ball the other way, and he runs the bases exceptionally well.”
Titus will begin his senior year of high school this fall.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Titus joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Players of the Year Ronnie Rossomando (2013-14, Bunnell High School), Thomas Milone (2012-13, Masuk High School), Bryan Daniello (2011-12, Brien McMahon High School), Sal Romano (2010–11, Southington High School), Colin O’Keefe (2009-10, Waterford High School), Matt Carasiti (2008–09, Berlin High School), Jason Esposito (2007-08, Amity High School), and Matt Harvey (2006-07, Fitch) among the state’s list of former award winners.
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