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: Maryssa Becker
School: North Medford (Medford, Ore.)
Athletic achievement: Becker led the Black Tornado (29-1) to the Class 6A state championship this past season. She posted a 26-0 record with a 0.43 ERA and 313 strikeouts in 178 innings pitched, firing three no-hitters. A two-time Southern Oregon Hybrid League Pitcher of the Year, Becker batted .475 with seven home runs, 15 doubles, 47 RBI and a .832 slugging percentage.
Academic excellence: Becker has maintained a 3.94 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Junior Honor Society, she has volunteered locally as an elementary school mentor and as a youth softball instructor.
“Maryssa Becker has had a great season. She is a true competitor who has dominated again and again,” said Miranda Gillaspie-Smith, head coach of rival South Medford (Medford, Ore.). “Not only does she compete on the mound, but she beyond holds her own at the plate. Not very often do you see a player with that type of power on both sides of the game.”
THE FUTURE: Becker has made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Louisville on an athletic scholarship beginning in the fall of 2013.