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Softball: Legacy’s Gaffin named Gatorade Player of Year

Legacy will have to make a little extra room on its gym wall — Rainey Gaffin just earned another banner for the school.

The Lightning’s star softball player on Wednesday was named Colorado’s Gatorade Softball Player of the Year. She is the second Legacy softball player to earn Gatorade honors and the school’s fourth athlete to earn the sports drink company’s accolade, which is given in a number of sports. The honor puts Gaffin, a 2012 graduate, in some pretty elite company.

Previous winners from the school include Baylor University basketball player Melissa Jones, University of Denver basketball player Quincey Noonan and University of Arizona softball pitcher Shelby Babcock.

Gaffin is slated to play at the University of Tennessee next season and finished her high school career by keeping Legacy at the top of its game. She led the Lightning to its fifth-consecutive Class 5A state championship in 2011 with impressive offensive and defensive numbers. The Player of the Year finished her final campaign with a 22-2 record pitching and a 1.74 ERA. She also had a .591 batting average, 15 home runs and 48 RBIs.

Receiving the Colorado POY honors puts Gaffin in the running for Gatorade National Player of the Year, which will be announced later this month.

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