Tucson High School Sports

Carlie Scupin named Arizona Gatorade Softball Player of the Year

Hall of Fame coach Bert Otero talks things over with future Arizona Wildcat Carlie Scupin. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Tucson High junior Carlie Scupin was named Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year Thursday morning. The University of Arizona commit became the fourth standout from Southern Arizona with the state recognition.

According to a release by azpreps365, Scupin batted .683 with 17 home runs and 41 RBI this past season, leading the Badgers (18-9) to the Conference 6A state semifinals. A First-Team All-State selection, Scupin clubbed 11 doubles and slugged 1.730, drawing 20 walks to record a .783 on-base percentage and a 1.730 slugging percentage. As a relief pitcher, the two-time Southern Region Player of the Year earned two saves and struck out 17 batters in 11.2 innings in the circle.

Scupin was the Southern Arizona Freshman of the Year in 2017 and was a first-team selection last year playing for the Badgers.

Scupin has maintained a weighted 3.64 GPA in the classroom and she committed to play for the Wildcats in middle school. Her private pitching coach was former University of Arizona pitcher Alicia Hollowell.

Hollowell won the National Gatorade Award in 2002. Former Canyon del Oro and UA standout Kenzie Fowler earned the national distinction in 2008 and 2009 and current Wildcat pitcher Taylor McQuillin won the national award in 2014.

Scupin becomes the sixth high school standout from Arizona to play for the Wildcats. She will join current Arizona pitcher Marissa Schuld after her senior season.


2019: Carlie Scupin, Tucson High
2018: Marissa Schuld, Phoenix Pinnacle
2017: Marissa Schuld, Phoenix Pinnacle
2009: Kenzie Fowler, Canyon del Oro
2008: Kenzie Fowler, Canyon del Oro
2007: Kenzie Fowler, Canyon del Oro
2006: Stacie Chambers, Glendale Cactus
2005: Stacie Chambers, Glendale Cactus
2002: Michelle Schultz, Phoenix Greenway
2001: Jackie Coburn, Phoenix North Canyon

2019: Carlie Scupin, Tucson High
2012: Kayla Bonstrom, Canyon del Oro (Stanford)
2009: Kenzie Fowler, Canyon del Oro (Arizona)
2008: Kenzie Fowler, Canyon del Oro (Arizona)
2007: Kenzie Fowler, Canyon del Oro (Arizona)
2004: Desiree Williams, Flowing Wells (Texas)


2014: Taylor McQuillin, Mission Viejo (CA)
2009: Kenzie Fowler, Canyon del Oro
2008: Kenzie Fowler, Canyon del Oro
2002: Alicia Hollowell, Fairfield (CA)


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com 

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