Brooke McCubbin, a junior pitcher and slugger who led Locust Grove to the Class AAAAA championship last season, is the Gatorade Georgia fastpitch softball player of the year.
McCubbin was 23-1 with an 0.65 ERA for a team that finished 33-2 and won a third straight state title. McCubbin struck out 178 and walked 18 in 140 innings. McCubbin also batted .412 with 12 home runs.
McCubbin has committed to Clemson, which started softball this past season.
“Brooke McCubbin can beat you all by herself,” Union Grove coach Will Harrison said. ‘’She can pitch, she can hit, she can play defense. She is dedicated to her craft and she attacks the game with a tenacity and ferociousness that is rarely seen at this level.”
Gatorade recognizes state players of the year in seven sports, four that most commonly are contested in the spring. Those are baseball, soccer, track and field and softball. Those awards will be given despite shortened seasons caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Fastpitch softball is a fall sport in Georgia, so its season was complete here.
The Gatorade Georgia baseball player of the year was Jordan Walker of Decatur. Awards for soccer and track and field have not been announced.
Other former Gatorade softball players of the year are Kelley Lynch of East Coweta (2018, 2019), Kear Napoli of Cambridge (2017), Ashley Morgan of Chapel Hill (2016) and Kell Barnhill of Pope (2015).
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