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: Lindsey “Keiki” Carlos
School: Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Athletic achievement: Carlos led the Owls (17-2) to their second straight Division I state championship this past season. She posted a 17-2 record in the circle along with a 1.11 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 114 innings pitched. Also the 2010-11 Gatorade Hawaii Softball Player of the Year and a two-time Division I State Tournament Most Valuable Player, Carlos batted .592 with 26 RBI and a .667 on-base percentage in 2012.
Academic excellence: Carlos has maintained a 3.20 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted parishioner in her church community, she has volunteered locally as a student ambassador on behalf of her school’s Holomua Honor Society and is a member of her school’s Spanish Club and Interact Club.
“Keiki Carlos has become synonymous with Mid-Pacific Institute softball,” said Mid-Pacific Institute head coach Willie Quinn. “She is calm and collected even when facing adversity and she always seems to be able to find a way to get an out when the team needs it most.”
THE FUTURE: Carlos has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Hawaii this fall.