High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Northern

Maryland Softball POY: Jess Cummings

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: Jess Cummings

THE BASICS

School: Northern (Owings, Md.)
Grade: Sophomore
Position: Pitcher
Height: 5-foot-8

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Cummings led the Patriots (25-0) to their fifth straight Class 3A state championship this past season. She posted a 20-0 record with a 0.38 ERA and 260 strikeouts in 128 innings pitched. Cummings threw six no-hitters, including three perfect games, and held opponents to a .090 batting average. In 35 postseason innings, she allowed two earned runs on 13 hits with 57 strikeouts, including a four-hitter with 15 strikeouts in the state final.

Academic excellence: Cummings has maintained an A average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Northern High Key Club, she has volunteered with Christmas in April, which benefits needy senior citizens, and as a youth softball coach.

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