A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Softball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Tori Finucane
School: Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.)
Athletic achievement: Finucane led the Knights (27-1) to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament title and the Virginia Independent Schools state championship this past season. She posted a 27-1 record with a 0.09 ERA and 332 strikeouts in 161 innings pitched. Finucane allowed 41 hits and walked 22 batters, holding opponents to a .077 batting average. At the plate, the two-time WCAC Player of the Year hit .363 with two home runs and 25 RBI.
Academic excellence: Finucane has maintained a 3.57 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Selected as the editor-in-chief of her school paper, The Visor, for the 2012-13 school year, she has volunteered locally as a youth softball coach and mentor.
“There is nobody in this area better than her, nobody,” said Tom Camera, head coach of rival St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.). “She’s got a drop ball, slider, unbelievable changeup, she moves the ball around the plate, she throws strikes on the outside and inside -- wherever you put the glove, that’s where she puts the ball.”
THE FUTURE: Finucane has made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Missouri on an athletic scholarship beginning in the fall of 2013.