Timberline senior shortstop Parker Price became the first player to win back-to-back Gatorade Idaho Baseball Player of the Year awards Tuesday.
The 5-10, 175-pound Gonzaga signee hit .539 with 17 extra-base hits and 36 RBIs with only four strikeouts for Timberline (26-4), which won the 5A state consolation title. Price also stole 27 bases, setting a Timberline single-season record. And he graduates as the school’s career leader in hits (154) and stolen bases (64).
“Parker Price is the best player in our area,” Vallivue coach Justin Schneidt said in a release. “He brings so many intangibles that you cannot teach. He has a baseball intelligence that is off the chart and is always playing the game multiple plays ahead. He truly is one of the finest competitors that I have ever coached against.”
Gatorade first started awarding a single, statewide baseball player of the year, regardless of classification, in 1986.