Caiti Mathes Gatorade State Player of the Year

Caiti Mathes Announced 2019 Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year
Posted on 05/30/2019
Player of the Year"CHICAGO (May 30, 2019) — In its 34th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company today announced Caiti Mathes of Hurricane High Schoolas its 2018-19 Gatorade West Virginia Softball Player of the Year. Mathes is the second Gatorade West Virginia Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from Hurricane High School.   

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Mathes as West Virginia’s best high school softball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award to be announced in June.

The 5-foot-7 senior shortstop led the Redskins (33-6) to their fifth consecutive Class AAA state championship this past season. Mathes batted .607 with 22 home runs and 73 RBI, compiling a slugging percentage of 1.337. A three-time First Team All-State selection, Mathes was also named the Kanawha Valley co-Player of the Year.       

Mathes has volunteered locally on behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police, youth sports clinics and a Christmas gift program for needy children. “There’s not a better hitter in the state of West Virginia than Caiti Mathes,” said Jason Roberts, head coach at Parkersburg High. “She’s also a great shortstop with the ability to cover ground and make extremely accurate throws. She’s one of the toughest players I’ve ever faced.”     

Mathes has maintained a 3.74 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Marshall University beginning this fall.

Gatorade WV Softball Player of the Year Press Release