High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Caravel Academy

Eye on POY: Delaware softball

May, 24, 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.

Kim Smith
Senior right-handed pitcher/shortstop, Sussex Tech (Georgetown, Del.)

2012 Team record: 14-4
2012 Team standing: State tournament begins Saturday

2012 Batting average: .561
2012 RBI: 10
2012 Runs: 3

2012 W-L record: 14-4
2012 ERA: 1.22
2012 Strikeouts: 142

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Hofstra University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Opponents issue her a walk for every 3.0 at-bats. Owns a .765 slugging percentage and .681 on-base percentage. Played for the East squad in the 10-team Big League World Series in Kalamazoo, Mich., this past summer. 2011 First Team All-State selection as named by The News Journal.

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