From many, there will be one. And while there’s still too early to speculate whether contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)
Greatness Present: It’s altogether fitting that Faraimo try to follow in the footsteps of 2014-15 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year Rachel Garcia. After all, Cathedral Catholic’s sophomore sensation not only had a front row seat to plenty of Garcia’s exploits, she is also mirroring her success.
The pair starred for the Corona Angels 18U travel team two summers ago when Faraimo was just an incoming freshman and Garcia was already UCLA-bound and a top national recruit. (Perhaps not surprisingly, Faraimo has already verbally committed to join Garcia on the Bruins when she graduates in 2018).
So far in 2016, Faraimo appears on track to carry the torch passed on by Garcia as one of the nation’s top guns. The No. 2-rated recruit in her class as ranked by FloSoftball.com, she has been close to untouchable this season for the Dons (12-3-1), producing a 7-1 record with a 0.11 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 65.1 innings, according to MaxPreps. She has yielded just one earned run to this point in the season and owns a 28-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Faraimo also wields a fearsome bat, slugging her way to a .479 batting average with plenty of pop (seven HR, 1.041 SLG).
Given her huge upside and eye-popping production to this point in her young career, Faraimo appears on the fast-track to prep stardom. But only time will tell whether she joins the likes of Garcia in the Gatorade Player of the Year family—either at the state or national level.
Greatness Past: As a freshman in 2015, Faraimo won 15 games for Cathedral Catholic and fanned 221 batters in 135.2 innings, posting a 0.52 ERA. That performance came on the heels of her sterling efforts at the 2015 Premier Girls Fastpitch 18U National Championships when she posted a 3-0 record in the tournament allowing just three earned runs in 24.2 innings to go with 27 strikeouts.
Greatness Future: Faraimo was courted by a number of Pac-12 schools but has verbally committed to play at UCLA in the fall of 2018.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year races are far from over, and the National POY race just beginning to heat up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Check back for regular updates on the top contenders making their case.