USC Gamecocks Baseball

Two baseball signees named Gatorade players of the year

Lexington catcher Nick Ciuffo
Lexington catcher Nick Ciuffo

Two South Carolina baseball signees have been selected as the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year in their respective states.

Nick Ciuffo of Lexington High was named the 2012-13 Gatorade South Carolina Baseball Player of the Year. The catcher led the Wildcats to the Class 4A state championship, batting .468 with five home runs, 33 RBIs and a .723 slugging percentage.

Pigeon Forge High senior pitcher Wil Crowe was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee. Crowe was 16-1 this season as he led his team to a state title.

The award recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and character, according to Gatorade.

Baseball American ranks Ciuffo the No. 22 prospect in the upcoming major league draft. Crowe is ranked No. 141.