June 6, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Incoming Missouri softball freshman Emily Crane has been selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Missouri, as announced Wednesday morning by Gatorade, in collaboration with ESPNHS. Crane is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year, to be announced later this month.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Crane as Missouri’s best high school softball player. Crane becomes the first softball player from Troy Buchanan High School to be selected for the award.
Crane led her school to a Class 4A state championship this season, as the Trojans finished with a 29-4 record overall. She hit .563 on the year with five home runs, 52 runs scored, 28 runs batted in and 24 stolen bases, while setting the single-season state record for base hits with 63. Crane also graduates as the state record holder for hits (205) and runs scored (168) in a career.
Named the Gateway Athletic Conference South and All-Metro Player of the Year, Crane has also maintained a 3.92 grade point average in the classroom. Additionally, she was a two-time First Team All-State selection during her high school career.
Crane becomes the eighth Mizzou player from the state of Missouri to win this award since it was introduced in 1998, joining senior Nicole Hudson (2009) and recently-graduated pitcher Kristin Nottelmann (2007) as recent winners. Sophomore Kelsi Jones was named Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011.
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