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Jayda Coleman Named Gatorade National Player Of The Year


Oklahoma signee Jayda Coleman was named the 2019-20 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Coleman, who is the No. 1 recruit in SA's 2020 Top 100 Recruiting Ranking, just completed her senior year at The Colony High School in The Colony, Texas.

The U.S. junior women's national team member is a shortstop and left-handed pitcher who posted a .432 batting average, .510 on-base percentage and 13 stolen bases last summer for Team USA, which won the U-19 World Championship in 2019.

In 19 high school games this spring, Coleman hit .717 with 42 runs scored, 41 stolen bases, 29 RBI and 10 triples. She also compiled a 12-0 record in the circle with a 0.89 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 55 innings. In less than four full seasons of high school softball, Coleman collected 279 career hits.

"With many spring sport seasons canceled to address the coronavirus pandemic, we feel it is more important than ever to honor and celebrate phenomenal student-athletes like Jayda Coleman," Gatorade Senior Vice President and General Manager Brett O'Brien said in a statement. "Jayda is not only among the best high school softball players in the country, but she also shines in the classroom and her community, embodying everything we look for in a Gatorade Player of the Year recipient."

The new Sooner is now a finalist for the Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, which will be granted in July.

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