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High school notebook: Carl Albert's Gavin LaValley wins Gatorade baseball award

LaValley, who is regarded as the state’s top hitter, collected 19 home runs and 75 RBIs this season while helping the Titans win their third straight Class 5A championship.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Modified: May 27, 2014 at 6:08 pm •  Published: May 27, 2014


photo - Carl Albert's Gavin LaValley pitches during the 2013 Class 5A state tournament. LaValley hit .477 with 75 RBIs last year.
                  Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman Archives
Carl Albert's Gavin LaValley pitches during the 2013 Class 5A state tournament. LaValley hit .477 with 75 RBIs last year. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman Archives

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, collected 19 home runs and 75 RBIs this season while 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.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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