THE WINNER: Morgan Zerkle
School: Cabell Midland (Ona, W.Va.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Knights (26-6) to the Class AAA regional semifinals this past season. Zerkle batted .651 with 61 runs scored, four home runs, eight triples and 23 RBI. She is the Mountain State Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a two-time First Team All-State selection.
Academic excellence: Zerkle has maintained a 4.62 GPA.
Exemplary character: An active member of her church youth group, she has volunteered locally on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities, the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program and assisted living facilities.
“Morgan Zerkle is a nightmare to coach against,” said Allison Webb, head coach at Spring Valley (Huntington, W.Va.). “She can do it all at the plate, and on defense she has the quickness, arm strength and grit that every coach tries to get out of a third baseman.”
THE FUTURE: Zerkle has signed with Marshall.