Hartselle senior named Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year

Hartselle’s Larissa Preuitt was announced today as the 2022 Gatorade Alabama Softball Player of the Year.

Preuitt is Hartselle’s first Gatorade State softball player of the year.

The award not only recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.

The 5-foot-7 senior helped the Class 6A Tigers (51-9-1) advance to the North Region playoffs.

Preuitt, an Alabama signing, batted .552 with 13 triples, 7 home runs, 60 RBIs, 103 runs scored and 86 stolen bases. A three-time all-state draft pick, she is ranked the 14th national prospect in the Class of 2022 by Extra Inning Softball.

“Larissa Preuitt is a stud,” said Sparkman trainer Lindsay Vanover, “She’s legit on all sides of her game – offense, defense, speed and knowledge of the game.”

Preuitt maintained a 3.80 GPA in class and participated in a service mission trip to Guatemala, served as a Bible study instructor, and volunteered locally on behalf of the Night to Shine organization.

Center fielder Hartselle is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award to be announced later in June,

Preuitt has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national organization of her choice that helps young athletes realize the benefits of playing sports. She can also submit a short video explaining why her chosen organization deserves one of twelve $10,000 Spotlight Grants,

Recent Gatorade State Players of the Year include Annabelle Widra of Spain Park (2021), Shelby Lowe of Pickens Academy (2020), Kaylyn Dismukes of Holtville (2019), and Leanna Johnson of Brantley (2018).

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