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Coal City ace Verdun wins Gatorade award for Illinois

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The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced that Coal City's DePaul-bound pitcher Kirsten Verdun as its Illinois softball player of the year.

Now a finalist for the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award, Verdun joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Alicia Hollowell (2000-01, Fairfield HS, Calif.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Angela Tincher (2002-03, James River HS, Va.) and Kenzie Fowler (2006-07, Canyon del Oro HS, Ariz.).

The 5-10 senior left-handed pitcher finished 40-0 with a 0.30 ERA this season, leading the Coalers (40-0) to the Class 2A state championship on Saturday in East Peoria. Verdun recorded 480 strikeouts and 10 no-hitters in 235 innings and batted .565 with 80 runs scored, 70 RBI, 19 doubles and 12 home runs this spring.

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