Gatorade Alabama Softball POY

In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade joined with RISE Magazine to name senior pitcher LINDSEY DUNLAP of HUEYTOWN HIGH as its 2007-2008 Alabama Softball Player of the Year.

The senior left-handed pitcher finished 41-1 with a 0.57 ERA, recording 442 strikeouts in 247 innings this season to lead the Golden Gophers (61-5-2) to the Class 6A state championship. A four-time member of the Birmingham News Super All-Metro Team and four-time All-State selection, Dunlap earned Class 6A Tournament Most Valuable Player honors.

Dunlap has maintained a 3.44 GPA in the classroom. She volunteers on behalf of multiple community-service initiatives, donating her time to the Special Olympics in addition to mentoring and coaching youth athletes at year-round local softball clinics.

"She doesn't seem to be throwing harder than the other top pitchers," said Lawrence Yelding, head coach of state runner-up Daphne High. "But that ball is moving every which way; she doesn't throw anything straight. Her pitches just have unbelievable movement."

Dunlap has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Mississippi State University this fall.