THE WINNER: Carley Hoover
School: D.W. Daniel (Central, S.C.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Lions (24-4) to the Class 3A state championship this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Softball Player of the Year, Hoover posted a 16-4 record in the circle with a 0.15 ERA and 338 strikeouts in 138 innings this past season. A four-time All-State selection and the High School Sports Report Class 3A Player of the Year, Hoover batted .500 with four home runs and 45 runs scored.
Academic excellence: Hoover has maintained a 3.61 GPA.
Exemplary character: Also a volleyball standout, she is president of her senior class and has volunteered locally delivering food to the needy and coaching youth softball players.
“Hoover is smart and athletic and she has all the tools,” said Tim Wiley, head coach at Darlington (S.C.). “She has three or four pitches that she throws well, that’s what makes her so tough to hit. She’s by far the best pitcher that I’ve ever faced as a coach.”
THE FUTURE: Hoover has signed with Stanford.