Eight baseball players from across the state were named finalists for the John Winkin Award, presented each year to the top senior playing high school baseball in Maine.

Among the finalists are Sam Dexter of Messalonskee High School and J.T. Whitten of Waterville.
The other six finalists are: Luke Fernandes (Marshwood), Ben Wessel (Scarborough), Corbin Hyde (Lewiston), Max Andrews (John Bapst), Dustin Sawtelle (Lee Academy) and Ben Holmes (Dirigo).

A four-year starter at Waterville, Whitten is hitting .450, with one home run, 26 RBIs and 28 runs scored for the Panthers. As a pitcher, Whitten is 8-1 with a 1.84 ERA. Opponents have a .207 average against Whitten, who has 37 strikeouts and nine walks in 49 1/3 innings. Whitten will play at Husson University next year.

Also a four-year starter, Dexter entered Tuesday’s Class A East championship game against Lewiston with a .500 batting average, with two home runs, 16 RBIs, and 21 runs. Dexter, who will play baseball at the University of Southern Maine, has an on base percentage of .588.

The winner of the Winkin Award will be announced before the Senior All-Star Game, June 22, at the University of Maine.

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