Searsport District High School’s Charlie Spiegel has been the ace of the Viking baseball team’s pitching staff — in addition to one of the squad’s most important bats — for several seasons.

As if the youngster’s recent postseason performances were not enough of an indication of his prowess on the mound and at the plate, Spiegel’s efforts have been further recognized of late as he has been named a finalist for the Dr. John Winkin Award, often referred to as "Mr. Maine Baseball."

The honor, given to the top senior baseball player in the state, will be awarded on Thursday, June 20 at Colby College in Waterville.

In the regular season, Spiegel pitched 42 innings and allowed 20 runs (4 unearned) on 25 hits and 12 walks, with 78 strikeouts for a 2.29 earned run average.

At the plate, Spiegel batted .528, with 19 hits (4 doubles, home run), 21 runs and nine RBIs.

In two postseason games on the mound — and 10 total innings — Spiegel has allowed one unearned run on six hits and four walks, with 18 strikeouts.

Spiegel also was named the Penobscot Valley Conference’s player and pitcher of the year this spring. He also plays soccer and basketball for SDHS.

In addition to Spiegel, Lisbon’s Lucas Francis, Sacopee Valley of Cornish's Dylan Minter, Ellsworth’s Matt Burnett, Greely of Cumberland’s Will Neleski, Waterville’s David Barre, Deering of Portland’s Trejyn Fletcher and Oxford Hills of South Paris’ Colton Carson also were named finalists.

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