THE WINNER: Jessica Adell
School: Ballard (Louisville, Ky.)
Athletic achievement: She batted .461 with six doubles, 32 runs scored and 33 steals this past season, leading the Bruins (29-11) to the 7th Region semifinals. In the circle, the 2012 First Team All-State selection posted a 20-9 record with a 1.10 ERA and 210 strikeouts in 197.2 innings pitched along with eight shutouts.
Academic excellence: Adell has maintained a 3.09 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit cancer research and as a youth softball coach.
“Jessica Adell can do it all,” said Ricky Hoffman, head coach of Bullitt East (Mount Washington, Ky.). “She’s the best outfielder in the state, she pitches even though that is not her best position, and she can hit. She is one of the hardest outs in the state.”
THE FUTURE: Adell has verbally committed to Tennessee.