HUNTLAND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT-ATHLETE NAMED GATORADE TENNESSEE SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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History Once Again Being Made At Huntland Schools
HUNTLAND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT-ATHLETE NAMED GATORADE TENNESSEE SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
In its 37th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Ashtyn Danley of Huntland High School is the 2021-22 Gatorade Tennessee Softball Player of the Year. Danley is the first Gatorade Tennessee Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from Huntland High School. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Danley as Tennessee’s best high school softball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award to be announced in June, Danley joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports.
The 5-foot-6 junior left-handed pitcher and center fielder led the Hornets (25-7) to the Class A state championship game this past season. Danley posted a 20-4 record with a 0.41 ERA, striking out 217 batters in 154.2 innings pitched. She also batted .659 with 15 home runs and 45 RBI, amassing an OPS of 2.114. A National Fastpitch Coaches Association Second Team All-American, Danley was named District MVP and is an All-State honoree. She was also MVP of the PGF Futures All-American Game and is ranked as the nation’s No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2023 by Extra Inning Softball.
Danley is a member of her school’s Beta Club and has volunteered locally on behalf of a softball program for children with disabilities. “Ashtyn Danley has every tool that you want a player to have,” said Jason Evans, head coach at South Pittsburg High School, “Strong arm, good speed, strong bat, sees the ball and can control the plate
both offensively and defensively. She exhibits great sportsmanship too.”
Danley has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. She will begin her senior year of high school this fall.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which leverages experts including coaches, scouts, media and others as sources to help evaluate and determine the state winners in each sport.
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