High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Porter Ridge

North Carolina Softball POY: Lexi Davis

June, 6, 2012
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: Lexi Davis


School: Porter Ridge (Indian Trail, N.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 6-foot-1


Athletic achievement: Davis led the Pirates (33-1) to the Class 4A state championship this past season and a No. 2 ranking nationally in the ESPNHS Fab 50. She posted a 33-1 record with a 0.23 ERA in the circle, and batted .450 with eight home runs and 42 RBI at the plate. Davis is a three-time Conference Player of the Year and three-time First Team All-State selection.

Academic excellence: Davis has maintained a 3.89 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: An elementary school tutor, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and youth softball programs.

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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.

Lexi Davis
Senior Pitcher, Porter Ridge High (Indian Trail, NC)

2012 Team record: 31-1
2012 Team standing: No. 3 in ESPNHS Fab 50

2012 Batting average: .457
2012 RBI: 42
2012 Home Runs: 8

2012 W-L record: 31-1
2012 ERA: 0.25
2012 Strikeouts: 262

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Auburn

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: All-State; Three-time Conference Player of the Year; District Pitcher of the Year; Pitched 1-0, 2-hitter against Alexander in state playoffs.

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