The accolades just keep on coming for Holtville senior KK Dismukes, who was named the Gatorade Alabama Softball Player of the Year on Thursday. Dismukes, an ace pitcher who is committed to Auburn University, is the first to win the award from Holtville.
Dismukes finished her senior season with a 33-7 record, leading the Bulldogs to the Class 4A state tournament. She posted a 1.23 ERA, striking out a staggering 316 batters and walking only 34 in 211 1/3 innings of work.
Her bat was possibly even better than her work in the circle. Dismukes had a .587 batting average with 23 home runs and 70 RBIs.
“Dismukes is a phenomenal athlete in every aspect of the game,” Stanhope Elmore coach Virginia Barber said in a release. “She’s tough on the mound and I believe she leads the state in home runs. She’s also a special person, the kind of teammate that everyone should be.”
Dismukes is a four-time all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and she is TPI’s reigning Softball Player of the Year.
Not only is Dismukes a stud on the field, she also has a strong background outside of softball. She has maintained a 3.21 GPA and has volunteered on behalf of community clean-up initiatives and youth softball programs.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annual recognizes one winning 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. The program awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.
As a part of Gatordae’s cause marketing platform “Play it Forward,” Dismukes also has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of her choosing. She is also eligible to submit an essay to win one of 12 $10,000 spotlight grants for the organization of her choice, which will be announced throughout the year.