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Jun 1, 2012 8:10 PM by Andy Koen

Pine Creek pitcher receives national honors

Pine Creek High School pitcher Ryan Warner has been named as the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year for Colorado. The 6-foot 7 inch senior had a stellar season pitching for the Eagles with a 7-1 record as a starter.

Our former Athlete of the Week tossed 89 strikeouts in 51 innings and also had a no-hitter and a one-hitter in 2012. Warner was just as productive with a bat, finishing with a .493 batting average that included six homers and 31 RBIs.

Outside of baseball, he was a youth football coach, raised money for the high school athletic department and maintained a 3.17 grade point average. Last month, Warner told News 5 he is excited to meet his new pitching at North Carolina State University.

"I'm definitely taking everything into consideration cause my pitching coach is Tom Holliday who is Matt Holliday's dad and he's got a lot of experience with everything and I feel like he can really teach me a lot before I move on to the next level."

Warner joins some elite company; Derek Jeter, Roy Halladay, David Price, and Chipper Jones are among the past state baseball award winners.

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