East Carolina recruit MacKenzie Gore is the N.C. Gatorade high school baseball player of the year -- but Gore may never play in college.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound left handed senior pitcher is ranked as the nation’s No. 4 recruit in the class of 2017 by Baseball America. Perfect Game ranks Gore No. 5 nationally. That means he’ll likely go high in next month’s MLB draft.
In high school, Gore also played outfield and first base. He led Whiteville High School to a 21-6 record and a N.C. 1A state semifinals berth. He was 9-0 with an 0.22 ERA, plus 132 strikeouts in 63.1 innings. He hit .480 with six home runs, 25 RBIs and an .880 slugging percentage.
Gore, who carries a 4.07 weighted GPA, is member of his school’s National Honor Society.
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“MacKenzie Gore is a fierce competitor,” said Whiteville High head coach Brett Harwood. “The combination of his elite athleticism and tremendous work ethic has made him one of the best players in the nation.”