THE WINNER: Tori Finucane
School: Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.)
Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Softball Player of the Year led the Knights (30-1) to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament title and the Virginia Independent Schools state championship this past season, both for a second straight year. Finucane posted a 26-1 record with one save, a 0.21 ERA and 341 strikeouts in 164 innings pitched. She allowed 40 hits and walked 31 batters with nine no-hitters, including five perfect games. At the plate, the two-time WCAC Player of the Year batted .554 with six home runs, seven triples, 45 RBI and a 1.054 slugging percentage.
Academic excellence: Finucane has maintained a 3.63 GPA.
Exemplary character: The editor-in-chief of her school paper, The Visor, she has volunteered locally as a youth softball coach and mentor.
“Tori Finucane’s performance on the softball field is above reproach, both offensively and in the pitching circle,” said Frank Husson, head coach of Urbana (Ijamsville, Md.). “Her numbers are a testament to her determination and demonstrate the results of her sound work ethic.”
THE FUTURE: Finucane has signed with Missouri.