June 19, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford incoming freshman pitcher Carley Hoover has been selected the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year, the organization in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports announced on Monday.
Hoover, a standout at D.W. Daniel High School in Central, S.C., was surprised with the news by Olympian and Stanford alum Lauren Lappin.
"It felt great to surprise Carley with the news and invite her into one of the most prestigious legacy programs in high school sports," said Lappin, a former US National Team elite member. "Gatorade has been on the sidelines fueling athletic performance for years, so to be recognized by a brand that understands the game and truly helps athletes perform is a huge honor for these kids."
Hoover, a 6-2 right-handed pitcher, led Daniel High School (24-4) to the Class 3A state championship as a senior in 2013. The state's returning Gatorade Softball Player of the Year, she posted a 16-4 record in the circle with a 0.15 ERA and 338 strikeouts in 138 innings this past season. A four-time all-state selection and the High School Sports Report Class 3A Player of the Year, Hoover batted .500 with four home runs and 45 runs scored.
Hoover joins former Cardinal pitcher Maureen LeCocq (2000-03) as the two Stanford softball players to earn the Gatorade National Player of the Year honors.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Hoover as the nation's best high school softball player. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Hoover from nearly 373,000 high school softball players nationwide. Hoover is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.
For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of former winners, and future announcement dates, visit the Gatorade Player of the Year Web site at http://www.gatorade.com/poy.