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Connor Van Scoyoc named Gatorade Iowa Baseball Player of the Year

Senior right-hander is first Cedar Rapids Jefferson athlete to earn award

Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Connor Van Scoyoc (21) connects on a pitch during the second inning of their championship game in the 2018 Bob Vrbicek Metro Baseball Tournament at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, May. 23, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Connor Van Scoyoc (21) connects on a pitch during the second inning of their championship game in the 2018 Bob Vrbicek Metro Baseball Tournament at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, May. 23, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Cedar Rapids Jefferson senior Connor Van Scoyoc has another accolade to add to his resume.

The all-state baseball standout was named Gatorade’s Iowa Baseball Player of the Year Tuesday, qualifying him as a finalist for National Baseball Player of the Year award. He is the first J-Hawk to earn the honor that considers athletic and academic excellence, as well as citizenship.

Van Scoyoc is 1-0 this season with a 1.24 earned-run average, striking out eight in just 5 2/3 innings. Last season, he garnered Class 4A second-team all-state honors, going 5-0 with a 0.96 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings. Van Scoyoc was a third-team pick as a sophomore, posting a 7-2 record and 1.40 ERA.

The Arizona State commit is rated 115th in the Class of 2018 by Perfect Game, receiving all-region and All-American mentions by Rawlings and Perfect Game.

The award considers classroom performance. According to the news release, Van Scoyoc owned a 3.89 grade-point average and is a member of National Honor Society. The release noted his volunteer efforts at St. Jude’s Church in Cedar Rapids and dedicating time to clean up baseball fields and mentor youth players in the Norway Baseball Association.

“Connor is a terrific kid as well as a very deserving ballplayer,” Cedar Rapids Kennedy Coach Bret Hoyer said in the release. “I recommend him 100 percent.”

Other Gazette-area players to earn the award include Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Austin Christensen (2011), West Delaware’s B.J. Hermsen (2008) and Iowa City High’s Jon Gilmore (2007).

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