Florida Softball POY: Katie Chronister

Florida Softball POY: Katie Chronister

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Florida Softball POY: Katie Chronister

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The Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.

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

THE WINNER: Katie Chronister

THE BASICS

School: Gainesville (Fla.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Left-handed pitcher
Height: 5-foot-9

Athletic achievement: She led the Hurricanes to a 28-2 record and the Class 7A state championship this past season. Chronister was 28-2 in the circle with a 0.53 ERA, striking out 273 batters in 186.1 innings pitched. She allowed just 92 hits and 36 walks while throwing 12 shutouts. The 2016 Class 7A State Pitcher of the Year and the 2015 Class 6A Pitcher of the Year, she batted .457 with 33 runs scored, 29 RBI and a .666 slugging percentage.

Academic excellence: Chronister has maintained a weighted 4.5 GPA.

Exemplary character: The secretary of the Gainesville High student body and the president of her class as a junior, Chronister was named her school’s Student Volunteer of the Year. She has volunteered locally delivering Thanksgiving baskets to families in need and as part of multiple community-service initiatives through the Santa Fe Recreation Center.

THE PRAISE

“Katie is the absolute definition of a leader on and off the field,” said Andrea Magura, head coach of P.K. Yonge High. “What makes her so special is that she isn’t satisfied being just an absolutely dominant pitcher. She’s a terror on the bases and will deliver crushing hits to lead her team to victory.”

THE FUTURE: Chronister has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Florida beginning this fall.

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