• 21-JUN-2021

Jordyn Bahl Named 2020-21 Gatorade® National Softball Player of the Year

Papillion, Neb. [June 21, 2021] – In its 36th year of honoring the nation’s most elite high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Jordyn Bahl of Papillion-La Vista High School in Papillion, Neb. is the 2020-21 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year. Bahl won the prestigious award for her accomplishments on and off the field, joining an impressive group of former Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year winners who have combined for 15 gold medals and four National Championships.

Bahl was surprised by her family, coaches and teammates at school. Check out a video of the announcement here.

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 Bahl as the nation’s best high school softball player. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Bahl from nearly half a million other student-athletes who play softball nationwide.

Competition for the national award was fierce. Bahl topped the list of state winners in softball who collectively boast an incredible list of accomplishments, including eight returning state Gatorade Players of the Year, 25 with a GPA of 4.0 and above and 32 who have signed National Letters of Intent or made verbal commitments to play softball at Division 1 universities.

“Jordyn Bahl’s physical tools and success on the field make her everything you’d want in a player,” said Brentt Eads, president and executive editor of Extra Inning Softball. “She’s the complete package on the field: a franchise pitcher and hitter, who runs the bases well. On top of that, her intangibles and maturity push her to the top of any list of the best of the best in her class. Jordyn comes from a great family atmosphere in rural Nebraska—she loves to fish, hunt and hike—and she’s grounded in her faith. Her belief that she’s here to serve a ‘greater purpose than just softball’ makes her even greater in the sport.”

The 5-foot-7 senior right-handed pitcher led the Monarchs (36-0) to a second consecutive perfect season and the Class A state championship this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Softball Player of the Year, Bahl posted a 27-0 record with a 0.10 ERA. She surrendered just 27 hits and 15 walks in 137 innings pitched, while striking out 316 batters. Captain of both the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State team and the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska team, Bahl batted .510 with 20 home runs and 55 RBI. A Premier Girls Fastpitch High-School All-American, she is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2021 by Extra Inning Softball.

A devoted member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Bahl has volunteered locally on behalf of Open Door Mission, a food bank, the Salvation Army and a softball program for physically challenged children.

Bahl has maintained a weighted 4.37 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at the University of Oklahoma this fall.

“What makes this award special is we look at the whole person, not just their athletic achievements,” said Gatorade Senior Vice President and General Manager Brett O’Brien. “People like Bahl demonstrate how athletes can make a difference and why it’s important to encourage others to follow her lead.”

Each year a selection committee evaluates the nation’s top talent in the District of Columbia and all 50 states, choosing national winners in 12 different sports: football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer, and boys and girls track and field.

Gatorade is dedicated to recognizing, supporting and keeping athletes in the game because of the lifelong skills sports instill on and off the field. Since the program’s inception in 1985, Gatorade Player of the Year award recipients have won hundreds of professional and college championships, and many have also turned into pillars in their communities, becoming coaches, business owners and educators. Previous winners include a distinguished list of athletes, such as Peyton Manning, Abby Wambach, Jayson Tatum, Derek Jeter, Elena Delle Donne and many other sports icons.

To learn more about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, check out past winners or to nominate student-athletes, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/GatoradePOY or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/Gatorade.

PREVIOUS GATORADE NATIONAL SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNERS

YEAR

NAME

HOMETOWN

STATUS

2019-20

Jayda Coleman

The Colony, TX

University of Oklahoma

2018-19

Kelley Lynch

Sharpsburg, GA

University of Washington

2017-18

Megan Faraimo

San Diego, CA

University of California, Los Angeles

2016-17

Taylor Dockins

Norco, CA

California State University, Fullerton

2015-16

Madilyn "Bubba" Nickles

Merced, CA

US Women’s National Softball Team

2014-15

Rachel Garcia

Palmdale, CA

University of California, Los Angeles

2013-14

Taylor McQuillin

Mission Viejo, CA

Cleveland Comets

2012-13

Carley Hoover

Central, SC

US Women’s National Softball Team

2011-12

Geri Ann Glasco

Watkinsville, GA

Deceased

2010-11

Paige McDuffee

The Woodlands, TX

Played for University of California, Los Angeles

2009-10

Kasey Fagan

Dunnellon, FL

Played for University of Arkansas

2008-09

Kenzie Fowler

Oro Valley, AZ

Played for University of Arizona

2007-08

Kenzie Fowler

Oro Valley, AZ

Played for University of Arizona

2006-07

Ashley Brignac

River Ridge, LA

Played for University of Louisiana, Lafayette

2005-06

Kirsten Shortridge

Keller, TX

Played for Baylor University

2004-05

Dani Hofer

Palm Harbor, FL

Played for Louisiana State University

2003-04

Anjelica Selden

Fairfield, CA

Played for New England Riptide

2002-03

Lisa Dodd

San Diego, CA

Played for University of California, Los Angeles

2001-02

Alicia Hollowell

Fairfield, CA

Retired from US Women's National Softball Team

2000-01

Cat Osterman

Cypress, TX

Played for University of Texas, Austin

1999-00

Tia Bollinger

Santa Ana, CA

Played for University of Washington

1998-99

Maureen LeCocq

West Hills, CA

Played for Stanford University

1997-98

Amanda Freed

Cypress, CA

Played for Chicago Bandits