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: Kelsey Dominik
School: Kingsway Regional
(Woolwich Township, N.J.)
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.
“She is a tremendous competitor, team leader, and demonstrates excellent sportsmanship,” said Alan Homan, head coach at rival Cumberland (Seabrook, N.J.). “Her stats are amazing as a hitter and pitcher. She hit a walk off home run to beat us in 11 innings while striking out 15 the first time we played. In the second game, she hit a three-run homer to tie the game and change its complexion. In the third game, we walked her every time up. Her reaction was to encourage her teammates and stay positive.”
THE FUTURE: Dominik has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Temple University this fall.