High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Bryant

Arkansas Softball POY: Peyton Jenkins

June, 6, 2012
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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.

For her 48 fellow Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Peyton Jenkins

THE BASICS

School: Bryant (Ark.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Pitcher
Height: 5-foot-6

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Jenkins led the Hornets (34-0) to a third straight Class 7A state championship this past season. She posted a 32-0 record with a 0.48 ERA and 260 strikeouts in 173.2 innings pitched. Jenkins allowed 72 hits and issued 33 walks. At the plate, the three-time First Team All-State selection batted .477 with six home runs, 22 doubles, 41 RBI and a slugging percentage of .881.

Academic excellence: Jenkins has maintained a 3.36 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a youth softball coach, as an aide in the Bryant High front office and with the Miracle League of Arkansas, a baseball league for physically and intellectually challenged children.

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