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Staples shortstop and pitcher Ben Casparius has been named the Gatorade State Player of the Year, the company announced Tuesday. He is the first baseball player from Staples to be named state player of the year.
Casparius, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior, led Staples to a 13-8 record heading into today’s Class LL state tournament. He batted .449, hit seven hone runs and had 26 RBIs to date. He also went 3-2 as a pitcher with a 2.52 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 33.1 innings.
He also threw a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts vs. Stamford earlier this year.
He is a two-time All-State player, a Rawlings/Perfect Game Third-Team All-American and USA Today’s All-USA Connecticut team.
A devoted member of his church community, Casparius has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter and youth sports programs.
“I haven’t seen anyone in the past few years who can do the things Casparius can do on the field,” Stamford coach Richard Lacomis said in a press release.
“He’s a shut down pitcher, pumping mid to upper 80s consistently, and he’s got a plus-level curveball. He’s also probably the toughest out in the league. Everything he hits is a missile.”
Casparius has maintained a 3.22 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of North Carolina this fall.