MINNEAPOLIS - Bemidji High School senior centerfielder has been named a finalist for the 2012 Play Ball! Mr. Baseball Award.
The Minnesota Minute Men, in cooperation with the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, are sponsoring the award, which is awarded to an outstanding senior baseball and softball player each year. Rutledge is one of seven high school baseball players in the state of Minnesota nominated for the award.
The players have been selected by a panel of Major League Baseball scouts and college baseball and softball coaches from around the state. A banquet will take place on Sunday, June 17, at Jax Café to honor their achievements and select an award winner for each sport.
Austin head coach Richard Seltz and Shakopee head coach Neil Johnson will also be honored with Lifetime Achievement awards at the banquet.
Sponsor and advertising proceeds will go toward the Minnesota Minute Men Foundation, which provides resources to underprivileged youth athletes in Minnesota.
Award finalists for Mr. Baseball
Mitch Brown, Rochester Century
Blake Molitor, West Lutheran
Dan Motl, Burnsville
Kasey Ralston, Holy Family Catholic
Cody Rutledge, Bemidji
Tim Shannon, Hopkins
Brent Stong, Andover
Award finalists for Ms. Softball
Nikki Anderson, Brainerd
Alex Benedict, Woodbury
Sydney Fabian, Hill Murray
Taylor LeMay, East Ridge
Morgan Nybo, Hopkins
Carley Pickett, North St. Paul
Cayli Sadler, Maple Grove