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Spanish Springs junior Hailey McLean named Gatorade softball player of the year

Gatorade Player of the Year.

Spanish Springs pitcher Hailey McLean was named the Gatorade Nevada Softball Player of the Year on Friday, becoming the third Cougar to win that prestigious honor and first since 2010.

The 5-foot-8 junior right-hander led the Cougars (19-1) to the Class 5A Northern Regional championship this season. She went 16-1 record with a 1.01 ERA, striking out 174 and walking just 29 in 111.1 innings. The Northern 5A Region MVP also batted .509 with two home runs and 23 RBIs. McLean allowed zero earned runs in her last 11 appearances this season (61.2 innings). The Cougars allowed just three runs in its final 13 games en route to the regional title.

McLean has assisted teachers in their kindergarten classrooms and volunteered locally on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities and youth sports programs.

“Hailey McLean was always dominant on the mound,” Reno High coach Samantha Puzey said. “She’s also very tough to get out offensively, and she carries herself very well.”

McLean has maintained a 3.94 GPA in the classroom. She will begin her senior year of high school this fall.

The two other Spanish Springs alums to win the award are Karlyn Jones in 2010 and Mallary Darby in 2007 and 2008. McLean joins recent Gatorade Nevada Softball Players of the Year Kailee Luschar (2019-20, Carson High), Ashley Ward (2018-19, Coronado High), Tatum Spangler (2017-18, Coronado High) and Julia Jensen (2016-17, Reed High), among the state’s list of former award winners.

Through Gatorade’s cause marketing platform “Play it Forward,” McLean has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of their choosing.

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