Alabama Softball POY: Holly Ward

Alabama Softball POY: Holly Ward

Gatorade Player of the Year

Alabama Softball POY: Holly Ward

Haleyville (Ala.) Senior RHP Holly Ward was named the Gatorade Alabama Softball Player of the Year.

By

Haleyville (Ala.) Senior RHP Holly Ward was named the Gatorade Alabama Softball Player of the Year.

For a list of the other Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year, click here.

THE WINNER: Holly Ward

THE BASICS

School: Haleyville (Ala.)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP
Height: 6-foot

Athletic achievement: She led the Lions (34-17) to third place in the Class 4A state tournament this past season. Ward owned a 25-9 record and 0.80 ERA in the circle, along with a .432 batting average, eight home runs and 64 RBI at the plate. Ward also struck out 335 batters in 219.1 innings while scattering 66 hits. A member of the Super All-State Team, she was MVP of the Class 4A state tournament in 2012 and 2013 and is a three-time All-State honoree.

Academic excellence: Ward has maintained a 3.82 GPA.

Exemplary character: Co-editor of her school’s yearbook, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Red Cross, the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program and as a youth softball instructor.

THE PRAISE

“Ward is a terrific presence on the field and on the mound,” said Patrick Sutton, head coach at Hamilton. “She has a lot of velocity and multiple pitches. She hits her spots and she never gets rattled. She’s also a terrific hitter and a big part of their offense. It’s scary to face her with runners on base.”

THE FUTURE: Ward has signed with Mississippi State.

Latest

More USA TODAY High School Sports
Home
https://usatodayhss.com/2014/alabama-softball-poy-holly-ward
Alabama Softball POY: Holly Ward
I found this story on USA TODAY High School Sports and wanted to share it with you: %link% For more high school stories, stats and videos, visit http://usatodayhss.com.