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Play Ball! Minnesota Mr. Baseball and Ms. Softball Awards

In 2010, the Minnesota Minute Men and Play Ball! Minnesota began honoring the top Minnesota high school athlete in baseball and softball. Originally called the Mr. Baseball and Ms. Softball Award, the award was re-named the Play Ball! Minnesota Mr. Baseball and Ms. Softball Award in 2012 to recognize the support from Play Ball! Minnesota.

Each spring, seven finalists are nominated by a select list of college coaches and professional scouts. Many athletic and character attributes are considered by the nominating panel, and these seven players from each sport represent the best players in the state. The award winners are announced at a banquet honoring the achievements of these top athletes, and the winners are honored at a Twins game by throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

2017 Play Ball! Minnesota Mr. Baseball and Ms. Softball awards were presented to Sam Carlson of Burnsville and Amber Elliot from Anoka.

In 2017, Sam Carlson paced Burnsville's pitching staff with four wins and one shutout in 28 innings on the mound. He gave up just two runs in five regular season games to finish with a 0.50 ERA and 46 strikeouts. He also powered the Blaze at the plate, recording team highs with a .526 batting average, .643 on-base percentage and 1.032 slugging percentage in 12 regular season games. He led Burnsville in runs, hits, home runs, and RBI. In section play, Carlson registered a 0.64 ERA, allowing one run and striking out 15 while pitching 11 innings. Carlson committed to the University of Florida before being selected by the Seattle Mariners in the second round (55th overall) of the MLB draft.

In 2017 Amber Elliot was Anoka's right-handed ace. She ended the year with a 10-2 record with 145 strikeouts only 15 walks. She posted an astonishing 0.61 ERA in 103 2/3 innings. She also finished with 31 hits, 19 runs and a .466 batting average. Elliott led Anoka to a second-place finish in the Class 4A state tournament, recording 17 strikeouts and contributing two hits in a 10-inning, 1-0 heartbreaking loss to Farmington in the championship game. In her career, Elliot is a two-time all-state honoree. She has a career pitching record of 51-6 record with an ERA of 0.56, 601 strike outs, and six no-hitters. Elliott will continue her career at Augustana University.

2017 Award Winners

  • Mr. Baseball Sam Carlson
    Burnsville
  • Mrs. Softball Amber Elliot
    Anoka

2016 Award Winners

  • Mr. Baseball Matt Wallner
    Forest Lake
  • Ms. Softball Katelyn Kemmetmueller
    Rogers

2015 Award Winners

  • Mr. Baseball Eddie Estrada
    Litchfield
  • Ms. Softball Maddie Damon
    Kasson-Mantorville

2014 Award Winners

  • Mr. Baseball Brad Mathiowetz
    Rochester Mayo
  • Ms. Softball Erika Rozell
    Lakeville North

2013 Award Winners

  • Mr. Baseball Logan Shore
    Coon Rapids High School
  • Ms. Softball Samantha Hartmann
    Orono High School

2012 Award Winners

  • Mr. Baseball Mitch Brown
    Rochester Century High School
  • Ms. Softball Nikki Anderson
    Brainerd High School

2011 Award Winners

  • Mr. Baseball Austin Malinowski
    Centennial High School
  • Ms. Softball Kelsey Anderson
    Burnsville High School

2010 Award Winners

  • Mr. Baseball Chris Anderson
    Centennial High School
  • Ms. Softball Sara Moulton
    Eagan High School