CHICAGO — Gatorade announced Thursday that Sulphur High’s Kale Breaux is its Louisiana Baseball Player of the Year.

The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Breaux is now a finalist for Gatorade’s national baseball Player of the Year.

The 6-foot, 180-pound senior left-handed pitcher and outfielder posted a 9-0 record with a 0.12 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 56 innings. He helped lead the Tornadoes (40-3) to the Class 5A semifinals this past season.

Breaux batted .330 with a home run, 21 runs scored and a .416 on-base percentage.