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THE WINNER: Bre Macha
School: Red Mountain (Mesa, Ariz.)
Athletic achievement: She posted a 22-5 record in the circle along with a 1.02 ERA this past season, leading the Mountain Lions (30-6-1) to their fifth straight Division I state championship. Macha struck out 256 batters and walked 40 in 186 innings pitched. At the plate, she batted .365 with four home runs, 23 RBI and a .563 slugging percentage. A two-time First Team All-Arizona selection, she was the winning pitcher in the state championship game all four years of high school.
Academic excellence: Macha has maintained a 3.25 GPA.
Exemplary character: A volunteer with the Red Mountain High audio-visual department, she has donated her time locally to a food bank and homeless shelter and as a youth softball coach and umpire.
“Bre Macha is a great pitcher and also a force at the plate,” said Ben Frank, head coach of Pinnacle. “As a team, we found it hard to adjust to her pitching.”
THE FUTURE: Macha has signed with Arizona State.