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National POY WATCH: Kentucky softball commit Shannon Smith's hot hand is a big hit

From many, there will be one. While there’s no guarantee contending athletes will win their 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 the latest top candidate.

Shannon Smith
Senior right-handed pitcher, Milford (Mass.)

Greatness Present: A two-time Gatorade Massachusetts Softball Player of the Year, Smith has come out firing again as a senior.

The 5-foot-8 right-hander has pitched four no-hitters, including each of her last three outings, in six starts so far this spring. Smith owns a 6-0 record and a 0.18 ERA with 84 strikeouts against just two walks, leading the Scarlet Hawks (6-0) to another perfect start to their season. She has allowed only three hits in 38 innings-pitched.

Smith has also batted .333 with four RBI in 21 at-bats.

Greatness Past: As a junior, Smith led Milford to a 25-0 record and the 2012 Division I state title. She finished 24-0 on the mound with a 0.08 ERA and 359 strikeouts against 29 walks in 167 innings-pitched last spring. Smith also batted .462 with 40 RBI and nine home runs as a junior, capturing her second Gatorade Massachusetts Softball Player of the Year honor in three prep seasons.

Greatness Future: Smith has signed to play for Kentucky.

Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.



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