RADNOR, PA – Christy Von Pusch, a Radnor High School senior pitcher who led the school’s softball team to its first Central League title since 1984 and finished the 2012 season with a 0.81 ERA and 205 strikeouts, has been named the 2011-12 Gatorade Pennsylvania Softball Player of the Year by The Gatorade Company and ESPNHS.
The award distinguishes Von Pusch as the best softball player in the state. She is the first-ever softball player from Radnor High School to receive the honor and is now a finalist for the national award to be announced later in June.
The award, now in its 27th year of showcasing the nation’s best high school athletes, recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high academic achievement, and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
VonPusch posted a 14-2 record in 103.1 innings this past season and batted .455 with three home runs and 21 RBI. She is a First Team All-State selection, the “Delaware County Daily Times” Player of the Year, and has a signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Pennsylvania State University.
She has also maintained a 3.81 GPA and volunteered locally on behalf of a soup kitchen and youth softball programs.
"Christy is a leader on and off the field," her coach Jessica Verguldi-Scott said. "She has worked so hard since joining the team as a freshman and I view this achievement as the culmination of her dedication. Her work ethic really motivates her teammates."