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Preble's Wagner named Gatorade player of the year

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Preble's Max Wagner is the Gatorade baseball player of the year. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Without even playing an inning this spring due to the coronavirus, Green Bay Preble's Max Wagner has been named the Gatorade baseball player of the year in Wisconsin.

The Clemson recruit had led Preble to the state tournament each of his three seasons. For his career, the shortstop/pitcher was 16-3 on the mound with a 0.82 earned run average and had 177 strikeouts in 128.2 innings pitched.

A two-time first team all-state selection, Wagner posted a .457 batting average for his career with 28 doubles, 86 runs scored, 69 RBI and 36 steals while earning a .569 on-base percentage and a .731 slugging percentage. Wagner was 8-2 on the mound as a junior with a 0.69 ERA while batting .500 with five home runs and 39 RBI, and he was named the Prep Baseball Report state player of the year.

When the decision was made by the WIAA on April 22 to cancel spring sports, Wagner talked about missing out on his senior season:

"Being able to play varsity baseball throughout my high school career, I really wanted to be a four-year varsity player and now I won't have a chance to do that," said Wagner, a three-time Fox River Classic Conference player of the year. "It stinks. That's a cool accomplishment. It stinks for all seniors we can't lace it up one more time and play with some of your lifetime friends."

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