High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Sam Houston

Louisiana Softball POY: Baylee Corbello

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.

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THE WINNER: Baylee Corbello


School: Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Pitcher
Height: 5-foot-5


Athletic achievement: Corbello led the Broncos (23-4) to the Class 5A state championship this past season, a year after leading Sam Houston to the Class 4A state title. She posted a 23-4 record with a 0.86 ERA and 327 strikeouts in 179 innings pitched. Corbello recorded 16 shutouts, including three no-hitters. At the plate, she batted .484 with five home runs, 17 doubles, 36 RBI and a .905 slugging percentage. Corbello hit a home run and struck out 14 batters in the Broncos nine-inning, 2-1 win over Hahnville (Boutte, La.) in the state title game.

Academic excellence: Corbello has maintained a 3.59 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally as a youth softball coach and on behalf of Buddy Ball, a program that organizes T-ball games for physically and intellectually challenged children. She has also donated her time at an at area women’s shelter.

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