Michigan High School Softball Player of the Year 2017!

Michigan High School Softball Player of the Year 2017!

Thanks to Everyone at Total Softball and Total Sports Complex for their Support of Michigan High School Athletics!


Welcome to the 2017 Michigan High School Softball Player of the Year Contest sponsored by Total Softball and State Champs!

The fan voting portion of the Contest is ON! - simply enter your email address and select the candidate YOU think is having the best season in Michigan High School Softball and submit your vote! 

Throughout the season our Media analysts will be monitoring Softball games and player performances from across the state, and updating the top 10 performing Softball players. Contestants will be added or removed from the contest throughout the season based on their individual performance and impact for their team - so please check back and vote regularly to keep Your candidate in the race!.

State Champs! Sports analysts will provide weekly updates on the State Champs! High School Sports Show!  (9 AM Sundays on FOX SPORTS DETROIT across the State). 

Towards the end of the contest, we will select our Final Four, which will automatically include the highest vote receiver in the online/fan balloting. From there, our team of media analysts will use the following criteria to select our 2017 Softball Champion:

Performance Throughout Season 30%, Level Of Competition 20%, Online Vote 20%, Big Game Performance 15%, Team Success 10%, Highly Recruited Athlete 5%.

VOTING: simply enter your email address in the field below, then select the candidate you would like to vote for and press "Vote"!  By voting and submitting your email address, you agree to allow State Champs! and its affiliates and sponsors to contact you regarding future news updates and promotions.

Good luck to everyone making Michigan HS Softball so great and to all of the softball players in the 2017 Michigan High School Softball Player of the Year contest!! 

Which Michigan High School Softball Player do YOU think is having the best season and should be POTY?


Joanna Bartz

Joanna Bartz

Mattawan  | 3B -Senior

Signed with Michigan State. Bartz was named to the first team Division 1 all-state the past two seasons. She batted .482 with 55 RBI, eight home runs, 14 doubles and 53 runs scored. Through seven games this season Bartz is hitting .500 (11-22) including two doubles, two triples and one home run. She has 14 RBI and eight runs scored. “She hits for power and is consistent at the plate,” coach Alicia Smith said. “She’s got a great arm. She used to be a catcher.”  

Meghan Beaubien

Meghan Beaubien

Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central  | Pitcher - Senior

Signed with Michigan. A four-year starter, Beaubien led her team to the Division 3 title each of the past two seasons. Beaubien is lefthander who was 22-1 last season and in 150 innings she had 308 strikeouts. She batted .482. In the semifinal last season Beaubien threw a five-inning, perfect game. Through three games this season Beaubien is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA. She’s struck out 28 in 16 innings and issued no walks. “She’s very intelligent,” coach John Morningstar said. “She thinks practically and logically.”  

Paige Blevins

Paige Blevins

Clarkston  | Shortstop - Junior

Committed to Central Michigan. A three-year starter, Blevins has a strong throwing arm and a tremendous work ethic. Blevins batted .513 last season with 56 RBI, 49 runs scored and a school record 11 home runs. Blevins had a .991 slugging percentage last season. Through seven games this season Blevins is batting .407 (11-27) with 15 RBI and 10 runs scored. She has three doubles, four home runs and two walks. 

Jenny Bressler

Jenny Bressler

Plymouth  | Pitcher - Junior

Committed to Texas-Arlington. Bressler started as a freshman and she will also see time on the right side of the infield. Bressler is a good athlete who fields her position well. Bressler was 19-4 with a 1.07 ERA. In 176 innings she struck out 265. She batted .371 (33-89). Through four games this season Bressler is 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA. She’s batting .625 with two doubles and two RBI. “Jenny is a pitcher who I can put at any position,” coach Lauren Delapaz said. “She’s hit in the top five of our lineup since her freshman year.”  

Hannah Carson

Hannah Carson

Mount Pleasant  | Catcher/Outfielder, Junior

Committed to Michigan. Carson was a player of the year candidate last season. Her sophomore season she hit .550 with eight home runs, eight triples and 23 doubles. Carson batted leadoff a year ago and coach Ted McIntyre could move her around in the lineup. After seven games this season Carson is batting .444 (12-27) including six doubles and two home runs. She has eight RBI and 10 runs scored. “She’s a physically strong player and a great teammate,” McIntyre said.

Kendahl Dunford

Kendahl Dunford

Macomb Dakota  | Pitcher - Senior

Signed with Florida International. Dunford led the Cougars to their first state final as she compiled a 35-3 record. She bats in the meat of Dakota’s lineup and she hit seven home runs last season. Through three games this season Dunford has tossed three shutouts and given up 10 hits in 17 innings. She has 34 strikeouts and has not allowed a walk. “Mentally she’s improved her game,” coach Rick Fontaine said. “She’s more confident, more relaxed.” 

Sammie Gehrls

Sammie Gehrls

Caledonia  | Pitcher - Junior

Committed to Grand Valley State. Gehrls has expressed that she will play basketball and softball in college. Last season she had a 1.50 ERA after leading her team to the Division 1 final as a freshman. She’s hit 25 home runs in her career. Through seven games this season Gehrls is hitting .450 with a double, three home runs and 10 RBI. She’s 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA. Gehrls has 48 strikeouts and six walks. “She has more confidence this season,” coach Tom Kaechele said. “And her core strength is better.”

Maya Kipfmiller

Maya Kipfmiller

Midland  | Pitcher - Senior

Signed with Boston University. Kipfmiller had a fabulous junior season as she had 23 doubles and 83 base hits, both tie her for eighth all-time in a single season. Her .664 batting average places her in a tie for 14th all time. A four-year starter, Kipfmiller has a grade-point average over a 4.0 and she’s an excellent pitcher. Through seven games this season Kipfmiller is 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA. She has 21 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings. Kipfmiller is batting .500 (12-24) with nine RBI. “She throws hard and has great control,” coach Robin Allen said.

Morgan Overatis

Morgan Overatis

Salem  | Infielder - Junior

Committed to Michigan. A first team all-state selection the last two seasons, Overaitis led her team in numerous categories last season including RBI (55), runs (59), base hits (80) and average (.602). She had 15 doubles, nine triples and eight home runs. Through four games this season Overaitis is batting .700 (7-10) with four doubles, a home run, five walks and seven RBI. “Talent-wise, she’s outstanding,” coach Bonnie Southerland said. “She has tremendous knowledge of the game and has great range.”

Sophie VanAcker

Sophie VanAcker

Farmington Hills Mercy  | Outfield / 2B - Senior

Signed with Lehigh. Van Acker batted .532 (82-154) with 57 runs scored and 24 RBI. She stole 13 bases and struck out 12 times in 172 plate appearances. Through five games this season VanAcker is batting .556 (10-18) with including a home run and seven runs scored. “Two things about Sophie this year,” coach Alec Lesko said. “Her defensive skills have improved and her leadership qualities are better.”