Eye on POY: Ohio Softball

June, 4, 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.

Kenzie Conrad
Senior RHP, Keystone (LaGrange)

2012 Team record: 32-0
2012 Team standing: Won Division II state title

2012 W-L record: 25-0
2012 ERA: 0.61
2012 Strikeouts: 156
2012 Innings pitched: 115

2012 Batting average: .470
2012 Home runs: 11
2012 RBI: 39

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Akron

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Cleveland Plain Dealer Girls Softball Player of the Year; 2009-2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference

Erin Gabriel
Senior RHP, Poland Seminary (Poland)

2012 Team record: 27-3
2012 Team standing: Lost in Division II semifinals

2012 W-L record: 16-2
2012 ERA: 0.53
2012 Strikeouts: 232
2012 Innings pitched: 124.2

2012 Batting average:
.461
2012 RBI: 28
2012 Runs: 35

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Tennessee

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Gatorade Ohio Softball Player of the Year; 2009-2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference; 2011 and 2012 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team member;

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.

Erin Pond: Senior shortstop, Keystone (Lagrange)
Savannah Dorsey Senior RHP, Central Crossing (Grove City)
Mackenzie Wallace: Senior RHP, Copley (OH)
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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