June 23, 2014 - 6:34pm
Randi Rupp, committed to Texas State next fall, was named the 2013-14 Gatorade Texas Softball Player of the Year.
The award weighs athletic excellence, academic achievement and character on and off the field. Rupp is a finalist for Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year, announced in June. Past state-award winners include Bobcat pitching coach Cat Osterman, Derek Jeter, Candace Parker and Abby Wambach.
Rupp was also named the All-Baytown Sun Super 25 Player of the Year and the Houston Chronicle's High School Softball Pitcher of the Year. She and her twin sister, Sara, will appear on the Texas Girls Coaching Association's All-Star team this summer.
"This was the icing on the cake," Rupp said. "After finishing the season well, it's like all of my dreams are coming true. I couldn't be any more satisfied."
Rupp finished 27-1 with 303 strikeouts, 27 walks and a 0.45 earned run average last season. Rupp, a three-time district MVP, hit .398, with four home runs, 21 runs batted in and a .636 slugging percentage at the plate. Her Barbara Hills Eagles advanced to the Class 4A semifinals with a 32-1 record.
Rupp's high school teammates, Braegan Hamilton, Chelsey Caldwell and her sister, Sara, will join her at Texas State in the fall.