Casey Stangel of Lake City High was selected as the 2011-12 Gatorade Idaho Softball Player of the Year on Wednesday.
It is the second straight Gatorade honor for Stangel, who posted a 22-2 record in 132.1 innings with a 0.37 ERA and 218 strikeouts as the Timberwolves (22-2) advanced to the 5A state championship game.
The 5-foot-10 junior left-handed pitcher also batted .558 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs, producing a 1.117 slugging percentage and .606 on-base percentage.
The three-time Inland Empire League MVP finished 25-0 with a 0.33 ERA and 283 strikeouts in 149 innings pitched as a sophomore, leading Lake City to the 2011 5A state title.
“Her velocity separates her, and she’s really good at hitting her spots,” said Coeur d'Alene High coach Larry Bieber in a press release. “She really has command of the strike zone. With her velocity, when she’s on the edges, she’s in business, and when she does that she’s almost unhittable. Offensively, we had to pitch around her a lot. You don’t ever want to get behind her, but you don’t want to give her a first-pitch strike, either. She’s very good offensively.”
Stangel will begin her senior year of high school this fall and has verbally committed to play softball at Missouri beginning in the fall of 2013.