Mountain Pointe product Kevin Cron keeps reaping the rewards for his final season in a Pride uniform.
Cron was named the Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound senior catcher led the Pride (28-5) to the Class 5A, Division I state championship this past season. Cron batted .560 with 65 RBI, 32 runs scored, a state-record 27 home runs and 11 doubles. A returning First Team All-American as named by USA Today, Collegiate Baseball and MaxPreps, he produced a 1.404 slugging percentage and .644 on-base percentage this spring. Also a right-handed pitcher, Cron posted an 8-1 record on the mound along with two saves, a 2.26 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 65 innings. The only returning player on USA Today's 2010 First or Second Team All-American rosters, he recorded a .495 batting average, 22 home runs, 10 doubles, 52 RBI and 23 runs scored as a junior.
Cron has maintained a 4.60 weighted GPA in the classroom. A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, he has volunteered on behalf of his church, the Salvation Army and Feed My Starving Children. Cron has also traveled on service-mission trips to Mexico, donated his time as a youth baseball instructor and sent care packages to members of the United States military stationed overseas.
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 Cron as Arizona's best high school baseball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award announced in June, Cron joins an elite alumni association of past state baseball award winners, 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 John Lester (2001-02, Bellarmine Prep, Wash.).