Owasso first baseman Austin O’Brien was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Baseball Player of the Year on Tuesday.
O’Brien hit .402 with 10 home runs, 36 RBIs and 38 runs scored in helping the Rams to an undefeated season and the Class 6A state title. He struck out only nine times in 107 plate appearances.
O’Brien is the fourth winner of the award from Owasso,
O’Brien is the fourth Gatorade Oklahoma Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Owasso High School, joining Dallas Trahern (2004), Pete Kozma (2007) and Dylan Bundy (2010-11). Bundy also won the award in 2009 at Sperry.
O’Brien recently switched his commitment to Oklahoma after initially signing with Fort Scott Community College.
The award recognizes not only athletic excellence but academic achievement and character on and off the field.
“Austin O’Brien is the best player on the best team in Oklahoma,” Bixby coach Mickey Nichol said in a release. “I think his statistics and team record speak for themselves. He is a winner and very deserving of any honors that come his way.”
Edmond Santa Fe’s Ty Hensley won the award last season.