Eye on POY: Pennsylvania softball

June, 3, 2012
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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.

Taylor Henry
Senior Pitcher, Central Dauphin High (Harrisburg, PA)

2012 Team record: 19-3
2012 Team standing: Plays Hatboro-Horsham in first round of Class 4A tourney

2012 Batting average: .511
2012 RBI: 26
2012 Runs: 27

2012 W-L record: 18-3
2012 ERA: 1.12
2012 Strikeouts: 192

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Pittsburgh

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; First Team All-Conference

Christy Von Pusch
Senior Pitcher, Radnor High (Wayne, PA)

2012 Team record: 19-2
2012 Team standing: Won Central League title

2012 Batting average: .455
2012 RBI: 21
2012 Runs: 23

2012 W-L record: 14-2
2012 ERA: 0.81
2012 Strikeouts: 205

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Penn State

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; Delco Times Player of the Year; Averages 13.9 Ks per 7 innings.

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.

Kayla Briggs: Junior Pitcher, Chartiers-Houston High (Houston, PA)
Kate Poppe: Senior Pitcher, Bishop Shanahan High (Downington, PA)
Caryn Bailey: Senior Catcher, Elizabethtown High (Elizabethtown, PA)
Casey Alcorn: Senior Shortstop/Pitcher, Lower Dauphin High (Hummelstown, PA)
Alexis Bower: Sophomore Pitcher, Williamsport High (Williamsport, PA)
AnnaMarie Gatti: Sophomore Pitcher, Greensburg Central Catholic High (Greensburg, PA)
Ronette Claar: Senior Pitcher, Claysburg-Kimmell High (Claysburg, PA)
Sara Fronheiser: Senior Pitcher, Brandywine Heights High (Mertztown, PA)

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.

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