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: Alexis Perry
School: Essex (Essex Junction, Vt.)
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Athletic achievement: Perry led the Hornets to a 17-0 record entering the Division I semifinals against Missisquoi, scheduled for Wednesday. She owned a 14-0 record and a 0.43 ERA in the circle, and a .511 batting average with 21 RBI at the plate through 17 games. A two-time First Team All-Metro selection, Perry recorded 173 strikeouts against just 15 walks in 98 innings pitched.
Academic excellence: Perry has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth softball programs.
“Perry has just been lights out,” said Leslie Dunn, head coach at North Country (Newport, Vt.). “She’s using different pitches, hitting her spots more often and her pitches are moving more. I feel like she’s even more dominant than she was in the past.”
THE FUTURE: Perry has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Merrimack College this fall.