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: Emily Lockman
School: Norco (Calif.)
Athletic achievement: Lockman led the Cougars (31-2) to the Southern Section Division I championship this past season. She posted a 31-2 record with a 0.35 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 220 innings pitched, allowing just 111 hits and 11 walks. At the plate, Lockman, a two-time First Team All-Big VIII League selection, batted .389 with four home runs, nine doubles and 33 RBI. In five postseason games, she pitched 35 innings, allowing one earned run on 16 hits with 19 strikeouts and one walk.
Academic excellence: Lockman has maintained a 3.95 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally at a retirement home and as a youth softball coach.
“Emily Lockman is a very dominant pitcher,” said Bryan Stephens, head coach of rival Centennial (Corona, Calif.). “She believes every time she takes the mound she is going to win. Her stuff is by far some of the best I have ever seen; very difficult to hit with lots of speed and movement.”
THE FUTURE: Lockman has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at the University of Nebraska this fall.