Pine Creek's Riley Cornelio named Colorado's baseball player of the year by Gatorade

Pine Creek baseball Riley Cornelio

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Pine Creek senior Riley Cornelio has been named the 2019 Gatorade baseball player of the year in Colorado.

Cornelio, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-handed pitcher, went 7-2 with a 2.43 ERA, and 89 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched this season in helping Pine Creek finish 17-8 and advance to the regional finals in Class 5A. He also hit .418 with two home runs and 28 RBIs.

"Riley Cornelio has proven to be mentally tough and extremely competitive player," Pine Creek coach Glenn Millhauser said in a statement. "He takes his commitment to baseball very seriously. He is gifted with great hands, a strong arm, good speed and hits for average and power."

Cornelio, a TCU recruit who has a 4.12 GPA, volunteers for the Boys and Girls Club of America and as an elementary school literacy-outreach program.

He is the second consecutive baseball player from Pine Creek to win the award, following Justin Olson last season, and is the program's third player to win the Gatorade award. Cornelio is Pine Creek's sixth Gatorade athlete of the year award winner in any sport.