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Eye on POY: New Hampshire Softball

6/4/2012

The window on the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Taylor Carbone

Senior RHP/first baseman, Alvirne (Hudson)

2012 Team record: 16-4

2012 Team standing: Will play in Division I semifinals on June 5

2012 W-L record: 13-2

2012 ERA:1.02

2012 Strikeouts: 131

2012 Innings pitched: 96

2012 Batting average: .581

2012 RBI: 28

2012 Runs: 24

Academics: B-plus average

Collegiate destination: UMass Amherst

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010-2011 Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Player of the Year; 2009-2012 Team MVP; 2009 and 2011 Nashua Telegraph Player of the Year; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State;

Nicole Gubellini

Senior RHP/first baseman, Salem (NH)

2012 Team record: 19-0

2012 Team standing: Will play in Division I semifinals on June 5

2012 W-L record: 13-0

2012 ERA: 0.61

2012 Strikeouts: 133

2012 Innings: 98

2012 Batting average: .493

2012 RBI: 24

2012 OBP: .545

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: Quinnipiac

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Lawrence Eagle Tribune All-Area Team;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Jacklyn Dubois: Senior catcher, Bishop Guertin (Nashua)

Lindsey Bolduc: Senior outfielder, Londonderry (NH)

Britney Bernard: Senior RHP, Pinkerton Academy (Derry)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.