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.
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THE WINNER: Montana Fouts
School: East Carter (Grayson, Ky.)
Position: Right-handed pitcher and first baseman
Athletic achievement: She had posted a 28-0 record in the circle along with a 0.16 ERA this season, leading the Raiders (32-0) to the 16th Region Tournament semifinals against Ashland Blazer High, scheduled for May 31. At the time of her selection, Fouts had struck out 389 batters in 173 innings pitched. She had allowed just 22 hits and 14 walks, firing 13 no-hitters and eight perfect games. At the plate, the 2015 Class 2A First Team All-State selection was batting .472 with five home runs, 43 RBI and a .831 slugging percentage.
Academic excellence: Fouts has maintained a weighted 3.50 GPA. A
Exemplary character: Fouts is a student ambassador for Wounded Warriors, she has volunteered locally as a youth softball coach and as part of multiple community-service initiatives through her church youth group.
“Montana Fouts is the best pitcher and player that I have had the opportunity to compete against in 22 years of coaching,” said Larry Slone, head coach of Rowan County High. “For those people that get the chance to watch her pitch, they will go away knowing they have had the opportunity to see something special.”
THE FUTURE: Fouts has made a verbal commitment to play softball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Alabama beginning in the fall of 2018.