High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Kelsey Dominik

New Jersey Softball POY: Kelsey Dominik

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: Kelsey Dominik

THE BASICS

School: Kingsway Regional
(Woolwich Township, N.J.)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/IF
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Dominik led the Dragons to a 26-3 record entering the Group III state semifinals, scheduled for June 5. A two-time returning All-State selection, she owned a 24-3 record with a 0.67 ERA and 268 strikeouts against 36 walks in 188 innings-pitched through 29 games. Dominik batted .487 with 11 home runs, 43 RBI and 43 runs scored, producing a 1.079 slugging percentage and .639 on-base percentage entering the state final four.

Academic excellence: Dominik has maintained a 3.55 GPA in the classroom and serves on her school’s student council.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, National Arts Honor Society, SADD and Kingsway’s concert band, she has volunteered on behalf of Operation Head Start, Rotary International’s Interact service club and the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.

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Eye on POY: New Jersey softball

June, 4, 2012
6/04/12
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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.

Kelsey Dominik
Senior right-handed pitcher/infielder, Kingsway Regional (Swedesboro, N.J.)

2012 Team record: 26-3 (Group III)
2012 Team standing: Group III state semifinal vs. Lawrence on Tuesday

2012 Batting average: .487
2012 RBI: 43
2012 Runs: 43

2012 W-L record: 24-3
2012 ERA: 0.67
2012 Strikeouts: 268

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Temple University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Recorded 1.5 strikeouts per inning, a 7.3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 0.67 WHIP. Produced a 1.079 slugging percentage and .639 on-base percentage through 29 games. Amassed 12 doubles and 11 home runs. 2010 and 2011 Third Team All-State selection. 2010 Player of the Year as named by the Gloucester County Times. 2010 and 2011 First Team All-Group III selection.

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