High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: South Putnam

Indiana Softball POY: Brooke Boetjer

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: Brooke Boetjer


School: South Putnam (Greencastle, Ind.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 6-foot


Athletic achievement: Boetjer led the Eagles to a 30-0 record and a 53-game winning streak over two seasons entering the Class 2A state championship game against Adams Central (Monroe, Ind.), scheduled for Saturday. She owned a 21-0 record and a 0.11 ERA in the circle, and a .542 batting average with 40 RBI at the plate through 30 games. A First Team All-State selection and a Miss Softball finalist, Boetjer had 159 strikeouts against just 15 walks in 129 innings pitched.

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

Exemplary character: A member of the 4-H Club, she has volunteered locally as an elementary school tutor and youth softball instructor.

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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.

Brooke Boetjer
Senior Pitcher, South Putnam High (Greencastle, IN)

2012 Team record: 28-0
2012 Team standing: Top-ranked team in Class 2A

2012 Batting average: .545
2012 RBI: 36
2012 Runs: 24

2012 W-L record: 19-0
2012 ERA: 0.12
2012 Strikeouts: 142

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Indiana

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Miss Softball finalist; First Team All-State; Team has 53-game winning streak.

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