CENTRAL — Daniel High School’s Carley Hoover today was named the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year.
Hoover received her award from Beijing Olympics Silver Medalist softball player Lauren Lappin in ceremonies at the school.
“It literally can’t get much better than this,” Hoover said. “I couldn’t have written myself a better ending. This is pretty perfect.”
Hoover had a 16-4 record and 0.15 ERA as a senior to help Daniel win the Class 3A state championship. She struck out 338 batters in 138 innings.
Offensively, Hoover batted .500 with four home runs and scored 45 runs but frequently was pitched around by opponents.
Hoover, who is headed to Stanford to play softball, was a four-time all-state selection.
Off the field, she maintained a 3.61 grade-point average. She has volunteered in the community to deliver food to the needy and coach youth softball players.
“The main reason I think I’m here right now is because of my dad (Dave),” Hoover said. “He put as much in as much time with me as I put into myself.”
Hoover joins other national winners in being considered to be named Gatorade’s National Female Athlete of the Year later this year.
Hoover is just the second South Carolinian to win Gatorade’s national award since the program began in 1985. The other was former Northwestern High football player Justin Worley.