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Titans first signing for 2012 is a Gatorade Player of the Year from Rhode Island. The Press Release.
Torrington, Ct: The Torrington Titans, of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, are proud to announce, their first signing of the 2012 season. 2011 Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year SS/P Harrison Barlow (University of Rhode Island) has decided to hone his skills in his first summer experience with the Titans in 2012. Barlow will red-shirt his freshmen season at URI.
Barlow The 6-foot-1, 165-pound senior shortstop batted .479 along with 36 runs scored, 20 stolen bases, 14 RBI and seven doubles this past season, leading the Rebels (16-8) to a berth in the Division I state tournament. A returning First Team All-State selection, Barlow produced a .630 slugging percentage and .578 on-base percentage. Also a right-handed pitcher, Barlow posted a 1.77 ERA and 15 strikeouts against just one walk in 17.1 innings. The two-time Division I South Player of the Year, he finished with a .500 batting average at the plate in addition to a 1.99 ERA over 25 innings on the mound as a junior.
Barlow has maintained a 3.44 GPA in the classroom. In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he has volunteered as part of the Vacation Bible School on behalf of his church community.
“He’s a great ballplayer,” said South Kingstown, RI head coach James Sauro. “He’s by far the best shortstop and one of the best pitchers in the state. For two years, he’s been the Most Outstanding Player in the league, and three of the final four teams remaining are from Division I South. Harrison’s a stud. We only had one captain this year, and it was him. Whenever things went wrong, he kept guys on task. He’s a great leader.”
Barlow joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Baseball Players of the Year Anthony Aceto (2009-10, North Providence), current MV Sharks pitcher Ryan Morris (2008-09; North Kingstown), Boston Red Sox 5th round draft pick Ryan Westmoreland (2007-08, 2006-07, Portsmouth), among the state’s list of former award winners.
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