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: Taylor Carbone
School: Alvirne (Hudson, N.H.)
Athletic achievement: Carbone led the Broncos (16-4) to the Division I semifinals, scheduled for June 5. She posted a 13-2 record in the circle along with a 1.02 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched through 20 games. Also the 2010-11 Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Player of the Year, Carbone owned a .581 batting average with three home runs, 28 RBI and a .951 slugging percentage entering the state final four.
Academic excellence: Carbone has maintained a 3.35 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and has donated her time collecting baseball equipment for needy youth players in Nicaragua.
“Taylor Carbone is one of the most complete players that we have faced,” said Jimmy Clavette, head coach at Timberlane (Plaistow, N.H.). “She is a consistent hitter, a solid pitcher and plays multiple positions very well.”
THE FUTURE: Carbone has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst this fall.