High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Soddy-Daisy

Tennessee Softball POY: Kelsey Nunley

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 Nunley

THE BASICS

School: Soddy-Daisy (Tenn.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Nunley led the Trojans (46-5) to their second Class AAA state championship in three years this past season. The two-time All-City Player of the Year as named by Chattanooga’s Times Free Press, she posted a 36-4 record with two saves, a 0.45 ERA and 401 strikeouts against just 21 walks in 246 innings pitched, recording 26 shutouts and 11 no-hitters. In five Class AAA state tournament games, Nunley finished 4-1 in the circle with a 0.60 ERA and 61 strikeouts, issuing only three walks in 35 innings.

Academic excellence: Also a basketball and volleyball standout, Nunley has maintained a 3.57 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society, she has also donated her donated her time as a youth softball instructor.

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Eye on POY: Tennessee softball

June, 1, 2012
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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.

Lindsey Fadnek
Senior right-handed pitcher, Coalfield (Tenn.)

2012 Team record: 39-10-1 (Class A)
2012 Team standing: Lost Class A state semifinal to Christian Grace Academy (Knoxville, Tenn.), 8-0

2012 Batting average: .345
2012 RBI: 32
2012 Runs: 14

2012 W-L record: 34-9
2012 ERA: 0.58
2012 Strikeouts: 567

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Marshall University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Struck out 2.15 batters per inning. 2011 First Team All-American as named by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Class A First Team All-State selection as named by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.

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