TheSoftballZone 2019 Player of Year - June McCune

Discussion in 'Team, Player, Coach of the Week' started by TheSoftballZone, Jan 3, 2020.


Who should be TheSoftballZone Player of the Year

Poll closed Apr 2, 2020.
  1. Alexa Richardson

    21 vote(s)
  2. Riley Miller

    14 vote(s)
  3. June McCune

    205 vote(s)
  4. Jocelyn Scarbury

    15 vote(s)
  5. Keely Pollard

    20 vote(s)
  6. Myah Lester

    20 vote(s)
  7. Whitney Bell

    147 vote(s)
  8. Hailey Rudrick

    9 vote(s)
  1. TheSoftballZone

    TheSoftballZone Administrator

    Player of the Year for 2019 Poll open today on the 3rd of January at 3:00 pm. Poll will close in 90 days.

    2019 Weekly winners pictures and bio's are listed below.

    The winning Player of the year will receive a $1,000 Sponsorship from TheSoftballZone.
  2. TheSoftballZone

    TheSoftballZone Administrator

    Week #27 Player of the Week.


    Alexa Richardson is a vibrant inspiration to her team. She gives every play 110 percent effort with her outstanding hitting and fielding expertise, coming through with major plays to help her team in critical situations. She puts her heart in the game and is always praising and encouraging her teammates even in an awkward circumstance. She lives and breathes the game, always looking for an avenue to steal a base, or put down a good bunt when she wants to swing away! She looks for what is best for the good of the team , not bring accolades to herself. Teamwork and sportsmanship is the motivating force behind Alexa ‘s passion for softball. She is the lightning rod of team spirit!
    The quality of her statistics speak for themselves but her contagious enthusiasm and infectious drive is beyond description.
  3. TheSoftballZone

    TheSoftballZone Administrator

    Week #34 Player of the Week.


    Riley Miller

    The team dominated through top talent teams from across the region and mid Atlantic, showcasing the Stingrays’ unmatched pitching battery, led by RHP Riley Miller and C June McCune, as well as their exceptional offensive and defensive capabilities team wide.

    On Sunday, Riley dominated the bracket on the backs of an exceptional defensive effort around the infield in three straight games. The team allowed just 4 runs in 3 games. Catcher, June McCune allowed just 1 stolen base in 6 games caught.
  4. TheSoftballZone

    TheSoftballZone Administrator

    Week #35 Player of the Week.


    June McCune - Bio

    Performance psychologists agree that the standouts in sports require two distinct characteristics, "the rage to master" and "ability to learn quickly." These are skills that have been identified in greats like Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, and few others. These are the two traits that anyone who coaches June McCune also possesses.

    Not many 12-year-olds stay home from hanging out with friends because they WANT to spend their weekend in a garage. The work is never "work" to June. It's not a matter of how many hours June practices or works out a week because it's what she just does. She will disappear for hours working on tiny little components of her swing (75 mph exit velo) or working to shave hundredths of a second off her 1.65 second home to 2B pop-time (independently verified)

    As a player, June's stats are off the charts for girls 3-4 years older than her. At 12U, to have a 70+ mph exit velo, 60+ mph overhand velocity, and a consistent sub 1.8s poptime are simply unheard of. Yes, June is good, but it's what June does for the players around her that is more important. As a catcher, her skill provides extra strikes and outs. These are not stats that show up on a chart. Even more, June is constantly encouraging and cheering her teammates or often offering skill advice while in the dugout or at practice.

    As part of the spring / summer season with the Steel City Cyclones 11U team, June batted over .500 with an OPS over 1.200. What's more is that she only gave up 3 stolen bases while catching 75% of the innings after 80+ games.

    Now in the fall as a true 12U team (now known as the PA Stingrays 07)., June's .525 batting average is coupled with an OPS that has passed 1.310. In fall play, June led the team to a 27-2-1 record with 3 championships in 3 tournaments played including the talent will PGF Fall Invitational - 12U Premier, USSSA Crown Trophy 12A (Virginia) ,and Pittsburgh Tigers Pumpkin Smash 14UA

    In January 2019, Softball Nation named June their 12U MVP at the All-American tournament in Orlando!

    June has a perfect 4.0 GPA. She also runs cross-country in the fall along with several other extracurricular activities
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2020
  5. TheSoftballZone

    TheSoftballZone Administrator

    Week #42 Player of the Week.


    Jocelyn Scarbury is an 11 year old 5th grader in the Mt. Vernon School District, in Mt Vernon Ohio. Jocelyn is a straight A student and is going into her 4th year as a member of this Storm team. Jocelyn is a team leader, always cheering her teammates on during games and works very hard at setting the example for her teammates in games as well as practice. Jocelyn has been in pitching lessons for 1 1/2 years and this past year she decided she wanted to be a pitcher, and responded with 19 wins, 202 k’s, 3 no-hitters, 1 perfect game and had an ERA of 0.50.
    In the Black Widow Fall Classic Jocelyn had a stellar weekend with a record 3-0. She pitched 12.2 innings with 11 k’s and an ERA of 0.25. Jocelyn pitched 2 complete games. In the win in the Championship game against the Ice, she pitched a 7 inning complete, striking out 2, allowing 2 earned runs and had an ERA of 0.29. In her win against the Ohio Wolfpack, Jocelyn pitched a 2 hit, 4 inning complete game, striking out 6, allowing 0 earned runs. In her 3rd win of the weekend, Jocelyn was brought in for relief, as the Riot 07 started a rally.Jocelyn took the the circle, pitched 1.2 innings, striking out 3 and slammed the door on the Riot rally. Just an awesome performance by a young lady, who just turned 11 in August, pitching againstolder 12U teams. She was a rock all weekend.
  6. TheSoftballZone

    TheSoftballZone Administrator

    Week #43 Player of the Week.


    Keely Pollard is a pitcher/utility player and member of the Ohio Storm 08 girls softball team. Keely is an 11 year old 5th grader in the Fredericktown School District in Fredericktown Ohio and carries an A average. Keely is going into her 4th year with the Ohio Storm. Keely is emerging as a team leader, cheering her teammates on, and makes her teammates laugh. Keely is dedicated and works very hard on her pitching craft. She takes weekly pitching lessons and has been in pitching lessons with pitching coach Mark Blaczyk for 3 1/2 years. She also practices 2 days a week on her own. Keely is coming off of a stellar 10U 2018/2019season, in which she had a 22-4 record, pitched 3 perfect games, in addition to 5 no-hitters, and she also combined with her teammates on 3 other no-hitters. For the season, she pitched 119 innings, with 231 strikeouts, allowing 31 runs on 55 hits, had a season ERA of 0.26.
    Keely moved up from the 10U division this fall, into the 12U Division with her team. On October 12, 2019 at the For The Love Of The Game tournament in Fredericktown Ohio, Keely pitching her 1st game of the tournament, threw a complete game shutout, going 3 1/3 innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 5, helping her team defeat the Lady Trojans 12-0. Keely took the circle in the Championship Game for her team against a very good, more experienced 12U team, the Wicked 07. Keely was rock solid, through 5 innings, she allowed, 0 runs on 1 hit and struck out 9, as the Storm defeated theWicked 4-3 to win the Championship. For the tournament, Keely was a rock for her team inside the circle. She had a record of 2-0,pitching 8 1/3 innings with 14 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.25.
  7. TheSoftballZone

    TheSoftballZone Administrator

    Week #44 Player of the Week.


    Myah Lester - Ohio Storm 08

    Myah is an 11 year old from Shreve Ohio. She is enrolled in the Wooster Triway School District and carries an A average. Myah is a member of the Ohio Storm 08 girl's softball team, plays third base, is the team's #2 catcher, and the teams cleanup hitter. Myah is all business on the field and works very hard on her game. She takes hitting lessons, works with a trainer and practices with her team twice a week. She cheers her teammates on, and sets the example for how the game is played. In her most recent tournament, Myah batted .500, as she hit 2 home runs, tripled, doubled, singled 3 times, and had 10 RBI, helping her team win the Championship. Myah recently was chosen as Leader of the Month at her school. She is a pleasure to have on the team.
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  8. TheSoftballZone

    TheSoftballZone Administrator

    Week #49 Player of the Week.


    Whitney Bell- Whitney Bell is an 11 year-old from Fredericktown Ohio and is a 4 year member of the Ohio Storm '08 girls softball team. She is enrolled in the Fredericktown School District and carries an A average. Whitney is a great asset to her team and her teammates. She cheers on her teammates, has a great attitude and enjoys the game of softball. Whitney is a pitcher and a utility player, that understands the game, and every position on the field. When she steps in the circle to pitch, or up to bat, she is all business. Whitney, in the Storm's 2 most recent tournaments (October 26 and November 16), pitched 17 innings, struck out 18, went 3-0 improving to 8-1 on the fall season, pitching a no-hitter, 2 complete games, and had an ERA of 0.29. At the plate, Whitney batted .615 with 13 RBI, smacking 14 singles, a double and a triple. Whitney, before moving to the 12U division this fall, enjoyed a stellar season in which she won 19 games, pitched 129innings, struck out 211, threw 2 perfectgames and 3 no-hitters with an ERA of 0.49.
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  9. TheSoftballZone

    TheSoftballZone Administrator

    Week #50 Player of the Week.

    Hailey Rudrick- Ohio Storm 08

    Hailey Rudrick is an 11 year-old 6th grader in the Fredericktown School District and carries an A average. Hailey is a 4 year member of the Ohio Storm 08 girl's softball team. Hailey is the Storm's #1 catcher, understands the game, and is always leading cheers in the dugout. When Hailey steps on the field, she is a fierce competitor, aggressive, expects perfection out of herself on every play and in every at-bat. Athletically, she is considered by many coaches to be one of the top 11 year-old catchers in Central Ohio and has a cannon for an arm. She has thrown out may runners trying to steal and picked off many runners on base. At the plate, Hailey has had a stellar season for the Storm. While hitting second in the Storm lineup, she batted .491, with a slugging percentage of .816, had an on base percentage of .523, while hitting 47 singles, 27 doubles, 12 triples and 5 home runs.

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