Carl Albert senior Gavin LaValley was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Baseball Player of the Year on Tuesday, becoming a finalist for national player of the year honors.
LaValley, who is regarded as the state’s top hitter, hit 19 home runs and drove in 75 runs this season helping the Titans win their third straight Class 5A championship.
“Gavin LaValley is the most accomplished hitter that we have had come through our highly successful program,” Carl Albert High coach Wayne Dozier said in a release. “His physical ability is only the beginning of his attributes as a player. He is also a great competitor, an outstanding leader and a gifted and well-rounded player both offensively and defensively. His contributions, both as a player and a leader, have allowed us to continue to be highly successful as a team.”
LaValley, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound corner infielder, has signed with Oklahoma, but is likely to be drafted in next week’s MLB Draft.
He was also dominant on the mound, winning six games and posting a 1.25 ERA.
The award recognizes athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.