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Gray is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville incoming freshman Brooke Gray was named the 2022-23 Gatorade Kentucky Softball Player of the Year as announced Friday. She is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award be announced in June.

Gray, a Louisville native, currently plays for Ballard High School and has helped lead the Bruins to 34-1 record as they enter the upcoming state semifinals. The left-handed pitcher has dominated in the circle, carrying a 27-0 record and 0.68 ERA while surrendering only 85 hits and delivering 287 strikeouts in 175.2 innings. The 2022 state tournament MVP and all-state first team honoree has tallied 58 straight wins in the circle over the past two seasons.

In addition to her achievements on the field, Gray has maintained a B average and is a member of the Ballard chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

About the Gatorade Player of the Year

The Gatorade Player of the Year award was established in 1985 to recognize the nation’s most elite high school student-athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.

The award winners are evaluated and selected on the basis of three criteria:

• Athletic Excellence – Standout performance in their respective sport made at the high school, club, national or international levels of competition.

• Academic Achievement – Review of GPA and class rank, as well as SAT and ACT scores, and academic honors distinctions.

• Exemplary Character – Commitment to sportsmanship, character and community through membership and participation in positive activities.

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