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Escanaba’s Gabi Salo wins 2020 Gatorade Michigan Softball Player of the Year honors

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, May 28, 2020, 4:56 pm

Gabi Salo was a sure bet to haul in hardware left and right during her senior season — had it happened. 

And even with no season this year, she’s still got an addition to her trophy collection, bringing home Gatorade Michigan Softball Player of the Year honors for 2020.

The first player from Escanaba to win the award, the Wisconsin-bound Salo is now eligible for the national Gatorade Player of the Year honors, as well.

A three-time Division 2 first-team all-state selection, Salo led the Eskymos to two D2 titles as a sophomore and junior, and was awarded with the STATE CHAMPS! 2019 Total Softball Player of the Year award in the aftermath of her team’s win last year. 

“Gabi throws harder than any pitcher we’ve faced in my 41 years,” Swan Valley head coach Tom Kennelly was quoted in the press release. “I don’t know what else to say, but she is a stud.”

Salo went 26-2 as a junior with an ERA of 0.23, 351 strikeouts and nine no-hitters. She finished her career with a 65-8 record, an 0.43 ERA, 824 strikeouts and 12 perfect games. 

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Previous winners of Gatorade Michigan Softball Player of the Year honors

2019 — Lauren Esman, Richland Gull Lake

2018 — Jenny Bressler, Plymouth

2017 — Meghan Beaubien, Monroe St. Mary CC

2016 — Meghan Beaubien, Monroe St. Mary CC

2015 — Meghan Beaubien, Monroe St. Mary CC

2014 — Taylor Weaver, Romeo

2013 — Alyssa Huntley, Sterling Heights Stevenson

2012 — Briana Combs, Livonia Ladywood

2011 — Sara Driesenga, Hudsonville

2010 — Sara Driesenga, Hudsonville

2009 — Sara Driesenga, Hudsonville

2008 — Jenna Ignowski, Niles

2007 — Amanda Chidester, Allen Park Cabrini

2006 — Nicole Nemitz, Harper Woods Regina

2005 — Jessie Granger, Troy

2004 — Jessie Granger, Troy

2003 — Jill Deroache, Brighton

2002 — Ashley Smith, Portage Northern

2001 — Jessica Merchant, Wayland Union

2000 — Jessica Beech, Okemos

1999 — Robyn Golden, Belleville

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