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THE WINNER: Cayla Drotar
School: Hartsville (S.C.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Red Foxes (26-3) to the Class 3A state championship game this past season. Drotar owned a 14-2 record and a 1.18 ERA in the circle, along with a .560 batting average, 12 home runs and 44 RBI at the plate. The two-time Class 3A Player of the Year, she struck out 138 batters in 95 innings pitched.
Academic excellence: Drotar has maintained a 3.37 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally assisting the homeless and has participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
“She’s a power hitter and a great pitcher,” said Adam Jones, head coach at St. James. “She throws the ball as hard as anybody you’ll see on TV, and she gets better as the game goes on. She’s as tough as anybody as a hitter too. If you leave a ball over the plate, she’ll put it over the fence.”
THE FUTURE: Drotar will be a junior this fall.