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Another big award for the top Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball player has come rolling in.
Los Alamos’ Jared Mang, who helped the Hilltoppers advance to the Class 4A state quarterfinal round this season, earned the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for the state of New Mexico.
Mang is an infielder and starting pitcher for Los Alamos. He has been the Hilltoppers’ marquee player since joining the team as an eighth grader in the 2011 season.
With that honor, he becomes the first Los Alamos ballplayer to earn that title.
Mang was recently named the District 2-4A Player of the Year, his third such title in four years with the Hilltoppers.
Along with helping Los Alamos to a 22-7 record in 2014, one of the best won-loss marks in school history, Mang hit .605 at the plate with a pair of home runs and knocked in 44 runs. He slugged a whopping .926 and stole 21 bases on the year.
On the mound, he posted a record of 8-2 and had a 1.01 ERA to go along with 42 strikeouts in 55-2/3 innings pitched.
“Not only is Jared Mang a great baseball player both offensively and defensively, but he also conducts himself with great class and sportsmanship,” said Chris Trujillo, head coach at Atrisco Heritage Academy, in a press release announcing Mang’s award. “It was a real pleasure to watch him and I admire the way he plays the game.”
The Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes one athlete in all 50 states in several different prep-level sports.
By earning the state award, Mang is now eligible for Gatorade’s national award.
Past winners of Gatorade’s national baseball award include Major Leaguers Derek Jeter, Roy Halladay, David Price and John Lester.