Whiteville pitcher, ECU commit wins state honor

Whiteville pitcher Mackenzie Gore (Dustin Dorsey WWAY photo)

CHICAGO - Whiteville High School pitcher Mackenzie Gore, who recently signed to play baseball at East Carolina University, has been named the Gatorade North Carolina Baseball Player of the Year.

The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Gore is now a finalists for the national award, which will be announced Wednesday.

Gore, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound senior left-handed pitcher, outfielder and first baseman led the Wolfpack to a 23-6 record and a berth in the Class 1A state finals. Going into the state semifinals, he had a 9-0 record on the mound with a 0.22 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 63.1 innings through 27 games. He also batted .480 with six home runs, 25 RBI and an .880 slugging percentage.

He is ranked as the nation's No. 4 recruit in the Class of 2017 by Baseball America and No. 5 by Perfect Game.

Gore has also maintained a 4.07 weighted GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at East Carolina University this fall, but is projected as an early-round selection in June's Major League Baseball draft.