The window on the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.
Senior Pitcher, Logan High (Logan, WV)
2012 Team record: 28-7
2012 Team standing: Finished third in Class 3A
2012 W-L record: 15-5
2012 ERA: 1.03
2012 Strikeouts: 178
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Charleston
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; One-hit shutout in sectional championship game; Recorded 0.83 WHIP.
Junior Shortstop, John Marshall High (Glendale, WV)
2012 Team record: 35-4
2012 Team standing: Won Class 3A state title
2012 Batting average: .475
2012 RBI: 55
2012 Runs: 52
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: All-State Tournament Team; First Team All-State; Had 28 extra base hits.
Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.
Amy Rotriga: Junior Pitcher, John Marshall High (Glendale, WV)
CeCe Bailey: Senior Pitcher, Parkersburgh South (Parkersburg, WV)
Genna Trippett: Senior Catcher, Parkersburgh South (Parkersburg, WV)
Kaity Hanna: Senior Pitcher, Cabell Midland High (Ona, WV)
Alli Burdette: Junior Pitcher, South Charleston High (South Charleston, WV)
Allison Evans: Senior Pitcher, Chapmanville High (Chapmanville, WV)
Morgan Zerkle: Junior Shortstop, Cabell Midland High (Ona, WV)
Chelsey Parkins: Sophomore Pitcher, Buffalo High (Buffalo, WV)
Jessica Watts: Junior Shortstop, Wayne High (Wayne, WV)
Allison DeLancey: Senior Catcher, Ritchie County High (Ellenboro, WV)
Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.