Ben Holmes of Dirigo and Corbin Hyde of Lewiston are among eight senior finalists for the Dr. John W. Winkin Award, aka “Mr. Baseball.”

The winner will be announced at the Maine East-West Senior All-Star Game on June 22 at the University of Maine.

Holmes, a pitcher/third baseman, earned MVC Player of the Year honors while leading Dirigo to its second Western Class C title in four years. He posted an 11-1 pitching record and established a new school mark for career victories with 20. He threw his first career no-hitter against Wiscasset late in the season and started a string of 29 consecutive innings without an earned run, a streak he will take to the mound in Saturday’s state championship game. Holmes bats cleanup for the Cougars and hit over .400, including a 2 for 3 showing in their 4-1 victory over Telstar in Tuesday’s regional championship.

Hyde, whose older brother, Mekae, was a Winkin finalist last year, is a pitcher/ outfielder who led Lewiston to its second consecutive Eastern A championship game this year. The KVAC South Player of the Year led the Blue Devils with a .455 batting average, two home runs and 20 RBIs. On the mound, he posted a 5-2 record with two saves. In four years pitching for the Devils, he compiled a 14-3 record with four saves.

The other six finalists are: Max Andrews of John Bapst, Sam Dexter of Messalonskee, Luke Fernandes of Marshwood, Dustin Sawtelle of Lee Academy, Ben Wessel of Scarborough and J.T. Whitten of Waterville.

The award is named after former University of Maine baseball coach John Winkin, who led the Black Bears to six College World Series appearances in 22 years.


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