The first-ever Gatorade Wyoming Softball Player of the Year Award goes to Cheyenne Central senior Brogan Allen.

The Gatorade Company made the announcement on Thursday morning. Wyoming did not have a selection in its inaugural season last year.

Allen had a batting average of .533 in the 2022 season. She led the state with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs. Allen helped the Indians reach the state championship game for the second straight season, as Cheyenne Central finished with an overall record of 19-9-1. Allen also scored 39 runs, had a .625 on-base percentage, and a 1.111 slugging percentage. She will represent the state this summer on a softball trip to Europe with USA Athletes International.

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Allen finished with a 3.89 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally with the Cheyenne Day of Giving, providing items to those who are less fortunate. Allen has also donated her time as a youth softball and basketball coach. She signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Dawson Community College in Montana earlier this year.

Wheatland High School softball coach Jodie Fitzwater praised Allen’s all-around abilities.

“Brogan was a strong defensive and offensive player, but also a player (who demonstrated) true grace and sportsmanship. She truly is a player to see in action. Pitchers knew not to give her anything remotely close unless they had to because she could take a so-so pitch and connect hard.”

Allen becomes a finalist for the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year Award, which will be announced later this month.

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 & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, 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.

Through Gatorade’s cause marketing platform “Play it Forward,” Allen has an opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national organization of her choosing that helps young athletes realize the benefits of playing sports. Allen is also eligible to submit a short video explaining why the organization she chose is deserving of one of twelve $10,000 spotlight grants, which will be announced throughout the year. To date, Gatorade Player of the Year winners’ grants has totaled more than $3.5 million across more than 1,300 organizations.

*Information from a press release from the Gatorade Company was used in this story.

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