May 27, 2014 10:53 AM by Release
In its 29th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, the Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, announces that Chase Vallot of St. Thomas More High as its 2013-14 Gatorade Louisiana Baseball Player of the Year. Vallot is the first Cougar Baseball player to be chosen for the award in school history.
The 6-foot, 205-pound senior catcher led the Cougars (31-5) to the Class 4A state championship this past season. Vallot batted .545 with 13 home runs, 62 RBI and 45 runs scored. A 2013 Perfect Game All-American and a 2013 Under Armour All-American, he also produced a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.107 slugging percentage as 29 of his 54 hits went for extra-base hits.
Vallot has maintained a 3.44 GPA in the classroom. A devoted member of his church parish community, he has volunteered locally as part of multiple spiritual retreats with his church youth group and as a baseball camp counselor.
Vallot has signed with Mississippi State but is projected as an early round selection in next week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Vallot joins STM's Trey Touchet (Boys' Basketball) as Player of the Year recipients this year.