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2019 Michigan High School Softball Player of the Year Contest!

2019 Michigan High School Softball Player of the Year Contest!

Thanks to Total Sports for their continued sponsorship of the 2019 Michigan High School Softball Player of the Year Contest!

The Fan Voting portion of the 2019 High School Softball Player of the Year contest sponsored by Total Softball and State Champs! is officially closed!

State Champs! Sports analysts will provide weekly updates on the State Champs! High School Sports Show!  (9 AM Sundays on FOX SPORTS DETROIT across the State). 

We will soon select our Final Four which will automatically include the highest vote receiver in the online/fan balloting. From there, our team of media analysts will use the following criteria to select our 2019 Softball Champion:

Performance Throughout Season 30%, Level Of Competition 20%, Online Vote 20%, Big Game Performance 15%, Team Success 10%, Highly Recruited Athlete 5%.

Good luck to all of the 2019 players in the Michigan High School Softball Player of the Year contest!!

 

Brooke Nadolny

Brooke Nadolny

L’Anse Creuse  | Senior - Infielder/Pitcher

A four-year letter-winner for the Lancers, Nadolny has been a huge part of the power revolution in Michigan softball, hitting .521 and slugging 1.286 with an MHSAA-record 26 home runs last season, after hitting .583 and slugging 1.343 as a sophomore, with a then-record 22 homers. Nadolny entered the season just one homer shy of tying the state record for career home runs (55) set by Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard’s Julia Kennedy last season. Nadolny is also 20-10 with 212 strikeouts in the circle over her career, going 10-3 with 113 strikeouts last season, and has been all-district and all-region each of her first three seasons, earning first-team all-state honors last season. She’s signed to play at Wayne State. (Photo credit: The Macomb Daily)

Gabbie Sherman

Gabbie Sherman

Senior - Pitcher  | Millington

One of four returning all-staters for the Cardinals, Sherman is already the school’s all-time leader in career wins (66) and strikeouts (650), with a career ERA of 1.15. The Kent State signee also has a career batting average of .439. As a junior, Sherman was 25-2 with an 0.80 ERA and 220 strikeouts (and a .481 average with 11 doubles and 51 RBI) through regionals, helping the Cardinals to their first-ever championship-game appearance. Millington is 112-13 in Sherman’s three-year career, going 39-3 last season. 

Gabi Salo

Gabi Salo

Junior - Pitcher  | Escanaba

After the Eskymos fell short in two straight semifinals appearances, Salo got them over the hump as a sophomore, continuing her torrid postseason pace, posting shutouts in the semifinals and finals to give her five in the playoffs (ERA: 0.30) and 83 strikeouts to go with just two walks. After a freshman season in which she went 18-3 with 185 strikeouts in 115.2 innings pitched, Salo went 21-3 as a sophomore with seven no-hitters and two perfect games, allowing just nine earned runs (ERA of 0.40) all season, striking out 287 and walking 13. A first-team all-stater each of her first two seasons, Salo is committed to pitching at Wisconsin. 

Grace Lehto

Grace Lehto

Eaton Rapids  | Junior - Pitcher

A first-team all-state pitcher, through regionals a year ago, Lehto was 23-4 with a 1.62 ERA and 237 strikeouts in 163 innings pitched. Lehto went toe-to-toe with Escanaba’s Gabi Salo in the D2 semifinals, holding the Eskymos hitless through four innings, and allowing just one earned run in six innings of a 2-0 loss. Through regionals last year, Lehto was hitting .520 with 60 RBI, 18 doubles and 11 home runs. 

Lehto threw a no-hitter against DeWitt, a four-inning perfect game against Lansing Sexton, and shut out a potent Hartland lineup this season. Through 25 games for Eaton Rapids, she’s 17-0 with four saves, and with four earned runs allowed in 89 2/3 innings pitched, giving her an ERA of 0.31 and a WHIP of 0.54.

Hannah Cady

Hannah Cady

Clarkston  | Junior - Catcher/Shortstop

Named a 2nd Team All-American by Extra Inning Softball and a third-team All-American by the NFCA, Cady has been a mainstay on varsity since her freshman season, when she helped lead the Wolves to the Division 1 semifinals. That year, she hit .488 with 27 runs and 29 RBI through regionals. Last season, she hit .569 with 45 RBI and eight home runs through districts, striking out just twice in her first 120 plate appearances, and posting a .995 fielding percentage. She’s committed to play at Northwestern.

Jenna Kroll

Jenna Kroll

Walled Lake Northern  | Senior - Shortstop

Hitting .600 with 19 home runs and 70 RBI, the Toledo signee helped the Knights finish second in the Lakes Valley Conference regular season, and win the inaugural LVC tournament title. She’s also one of the stoutest defensive shortstops in the state, with a cannon for an arm, and a lightning-quick release.

Lauren Esman

Lauren Esman

Richland Gull Lake  | Senior - Pitcher/1B

After hitting .675 with 91 RBI and a school-record 21 home runs as a sophomore, Esman committed to Michigan, which was recruiting her for her power, with the idea that she might pitch for the Wolverines down the road, too. Last year, her offensive numbers — .587 average, eight home runs, 44 RBI — were more mortal, while her pitching numbers got better, as she went 22-6 with a 1.13 ERA in 149.2 innings pitched, striking out 235 hitters in helping lead Gull Lake back to the regional finals. Esman was first-team all-state as a sophomore (utility) and junior (pitcher), earning third-team All-American honors from NFCA last season. (Photo credit: Bill Broderick/Battle Creek Enquirer)

Maddie Gillett

Maddie Gillett

Howell  | Senior - Infielder

One of three Howell players with 15 or more home runs, Gillett has newfound power as a senior — something she didn’t have before she missed all of her junior season with an ACL injury. The Carson Newman signee is hitting .581 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI, and is a large part of the reason the Highlanders are in the race to set the state’s new team homer record.

Maggie Murphy

Maggie Murphy

Farmington Hills Mercy  | Catcher / Infielder

Just 15 games into her sophomore season, Murphy has nearly matched last year’s total for extra-base hits, posting 13 of them so far, with seven home runs, after hitting no bombs as a freshman. As a result, her slugging percentage has nearly doubled (from .586 to 1.104), and her OPS is 1.686 through the Jack Falvo Memorial Tournament. She’s driven in a third of Mercy’s 104 runs, and is hitting .521.

Rachel Everett

Rachel Everett

Hartland  | Sophmore - Pitcher

As a freshman, the southpaw led the Eagles to their first state title game in 23 seasons, posting a 20-5 record with a 1.739 ERA, 167 strikeouts and just five walks, earning first-team all-state honors. She is as of yet uncommitted.