The 6-foot-2, 175-pound senior left-handed pitcher, outfielder and first baseman had led the Wolfpack to a 21-6 record and a berth in the Class 1A semifinals at the time of his selection. Gore posted a 9-0 record on the mound with a 0.22 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 63.1 innings through 27 games. Ranked as the nation's No. 4 recruit in the Class of 2017 by Baseball America and No. 5 by Perfect Game, he also batted .480 with six home runs, 25 RBI and an .880 slugging percentage.
Gore has maintained a 4.07 weighted GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at East Carolina University this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in June's Major League Baseball draft.
A member of the National Honor Society, Gore has volunteered on behalf of Rady's Children's Hospital in San Diego and in association with his church youth group. "MacKenzie Gore is a fierce competitor," said Whiteville High head coach Brett Harwood. "The combination of his elite athleticism and tremendous work ethic has made him one of the best players in the nation."
G: If your teammates gave you a superlative, what would it be?
G: What's your team motto?
G: What's one piece of advice you have for incoming freshmen?
MG: Just to work hard. Hard work pays off
G: What's you favorite flavor of Gatorade?
MG: All flavors
G: What training habit has had the most impact on your performance?
MG: Lifting weights