BY THE COLUMBUS PACKET
New Hope Trojans shortstop Will Golsan has been named the 5A Baseball Player of the Year by state coaches.
“It’s an honor to win this award,” Golsan said. “It took a lot of hard work and effort to make it happen.”
Golsan, who will be starting his senior season with the Trojans, said that although he is honored by the award, he plays for the love of the game.
“This is something every player dreams about,” he said. “I love playing the game of baseball and that’s why I do it. I never thought I would win this type of award but I greatly appreciate it.”
The Trojans finished the season 27-9 with a May 25 3-2 victory over the Pascagoula High School Panthers — a win that gave New Hope its first state title since 2003.
After a victory in the opening game of the series, New Hope dropped the second game 2-3.
“We just had to forget about the second game and go out there and play,” Golsan said of the the team’s mentality going into game three. “We came out with a new attitude and we are able to win.”
Golsan’s coach, Lee Boyd, was also named the 5A Coach of the Year in the All-State rankings. The past three weeks have been a whirlwind for Boyd who saw the birth of his infant son, Brady, as well as his first state championship title at New Hope and the coach of the year accolades.
“He’s a great coach,” said Golsan of Boyd. “He pushes us to play at the top of our potential. I can’t say enough about him. He knows how to motivate us to do our best and win.”