WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Being named Player of the Year in your state is quite the honor, but a Whiteville High School baseball found out this morning that he’s also been named the Gatorade National Player of the Year.
MacKenzie Gore recently learned he’d been named Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year in North Carolina. Today he was surprised on campus by former Chicago Cub pitcher Kerry Wood with news of the national honor.
“Obviously first and foremost he’s meant a lot of wins,” Whiteville Head Coach Brett Harwood said. “He’s won a lot for us. He just embraced the work ethic and the things we stood for and he’s carried it on. He’s been solid for us for four years and he’s what every coach wants, which is your best player being your hardest worker. I’ve been fortunate to have a bunch of those and he’s another one of them.”
Gore, a left-handed pitcher, outfielder and first baseman, led the Wolfpack to a berth in the 1A State Championship game after winning a fourth straight Eastern title last week.
“It means a lot, hard work paying off,” Gore said. “I couldn’t do it without my teammates, coaches, family and this whole town’s support. It’s awesome. It’s the coolest thing that’s happened so far.”
Gore is a member of the National Honor Society. He has signed a letter of intent to play at East Carolina next year, but he is also projected as an early-round selection in June’s Major League Baseball Draft.
Congratulations Mackenzie on this incredible honor!