High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: The Highlands

Return of the POY: Texas' Paige McDuffee

May, 4, 2012
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The Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year selection process is in full swing, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Paige McDuffee, Return of the POY, The Highlands, Texas, Gatorade
Susan Goldman/APPaige McDuffee expresses her surprise at receiving the 2010-11 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year honor.
Name: Paige McDuffee
School: The Woodlands (Texas)

Grade: Senior
Position: LHP

2011 W-L: 37-1
2011 IP: 202
2011 ERA: 0.97
2011 K: 227

2011 BA: .405
2011 2B: 9
2011 RBI: 42

Notes: Missed much of this season after undergoing surgery to her pitching forearm. 2010-11 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year. 2010-11 Gatorade Texas Softball Player of the Year. Led the Highlanders (44-1) to the 2011 Class 5A state championship and the No. 1 ranking in the ESPNHS FAB 50 as a junior. 2011 Miss Softball USA as named by ESPNHS. 2010 and 2011 Class 5A First Team All-State selection. 2010 and 2011 District 14-5A Most Valuable Player. 2009 District 4-5A MVP. Transferred from Mansfield (Texas) in 2009.

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