Oklahoma Softball POY: Jessica Walker

Oklahoma Softball POY: Jessica Walker

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Oklahoma Softball POY: Jessica Walker

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THE WINNER: Jessica Walker

THE BASICS

School: Grove (Okla.)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP
Height: 5-foot-8

Athletic achievement: She led the Ridgerunners (28-5) to the Class 5A state championship this past season. Walker posted a 25-3 record with a 0.59 ERA and 278 strikeouts in 178 innings pitched. A 2012 First Team All-State selection, she also batted .388 with three home runs, 21 RBI and a .565 slugging percentage.

Academic excellence: Walker has maintained a 4.0 GPA.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, a women’s shelter and the Children’s Hospital at St. Francis in Tulsa.

THE PRAISE

“Jessica Walker is such a great competitor,” said Matt Cloud, head coach at Tahlequah (Okla.). “She’s someone we just couldn’t beat. She would definitely be the most dominant pitcher we’ve seen. She a great pitcher and hitter and she gets it done.”

THE FUTURE: Walker has signed with Jacksonville.

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