From many, there will be one. While there’s no guarantee contending athletes will win their state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Junior pitcher, Northern (Owings, Md.)
Greatness Present: The 5-foot-8 junior pitcher has been next to unstoppable as the Patriots (21-0) are two wins away from a sixth straight Class 3A state championship.
Cummings recorded 38 strikeouts and allowed just two hits in three postseason games entering the state semifinals against River Hill (Clarksville, Md.). She fired a five-inning perfect game against Friendly (Fort Washington, Md.), followed by back-to-back one-hitters.
For the season, Cummings is 20-0 in the circle with a 0.00 ERA. That’s right — she hasn’t allowed an earned run all season. She has two perfect games, nine no-hitters and eight one-hitters, allowing 14 hits and collecting 276 strikeouts in 121 innings-pitched.
Greatness Past: The returning Gatorade Maryland Softball Player of the Year, Cummings finished 20-0 as a junior during Northern’s run to the 2012 Class 3A state title, totaling 260 strikeouts and a 0.38 ERA.
Greatness Future: Cummings has verbally committed to Penn State.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.