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South Putnam Brings Home Second Straight Softball State Championship

Staff Report

Team members and coaches of the 2012 South Putnam High School Class 2A state softball champion Lady Eagles are pictured above after winning a regional championship. 
(Courtesy Photo) Team members and coaches of the 2012 South Putnam High School Class 2A state softball champion Lady Eagles are pictured above after winning a regional championship. (Courtesy Photo) With their 56th consecutive win Saturday evening, the South Putnam softball team hoisted the Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 2A State Championship trophy for the second straight season at Ben Davis High School.

The undefeated and number-one ranked Lady Eagles capped a 31-0 season with a 3-1 win over Adams Central. South Putnam also made history with the first perfect season in Class 2A history and were just the third team in state history to win backto back championships across all classes.

The Lady Eagles compiled a 102-4 record through the past four seasons and were unblemished at home.

South Putnam opened the bottom of the first with a double from Jenny Thompson, who was driven in a short time later by Brooke Boetjer with a double of her own to give the Lady Eagles a 1-0 advantage.

The game was tied in the top of the third inning when Adams Central found home plate. The Lady Eagles responded in the bottom half as Thompson scored on a Kelsey Whitaker single to retake the lead, 2-1. Thompson set a state final record when she reached on her second double of the game.

South Putnam built onto its lead in the bottom of the sixth. Jenna Jones reached on a double and advanced to third when Mattie Varvel reached first on a fielding error. Jones scored on another Adams fielding error.

Boetjer struck out nine for the Lady Eagles to secure the win. She was also named the 2012 Gatorade Indiana Softball Player of the Year, a first in school history.

She, Jones and Emily Dabkowski will all have a chance to play in the North-South Indiana All- Star Game in Carmel. Boetjer is also in the running for Indiana Miss Softball.

The girls will play for the South squad in the all-star game on June 23, coached by South Putnam head coach and District 3 Coach of the Year, Chris Jones.

Also during the all-star game, the IHSAA will announce Miss Softball and Indiana Coach of the Year.

The six-foot senior right-hander led the Lady Eagles to a 31-0 record and earned a 22-0 record with a .11 earned run average as a senior. At the plate, she turned in an average of .542 with 50 runs batted in through 30 games. As a first team All-State selection and Miss Softball finalist, Boetjer recorded 168 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 136 innings pitched.

She has maintained a 3.59 grade point average, is a member of the Putnam County 4-H, and has volunteered locally as an elementary school tutor and youth softball instructor.

“Boetjer is the best pitcher in Indiana softball this year, and may very well have been last year as well,” Speedway High School head coach Derek Doehrmann said. “She has tremendous control, velocity and pitching smarts.”

Boetjer has signed her National Letter of Intent to play on a scholarship at Indiana University this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, baseball, softball and boys’ and girls’ track and field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by ESPNHS and the Gatorade High School Sports Leadership Team, which works with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

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