Three River slugger Kali Heivilin was named the 2020-21 Gatorade Michigan Softball Player of the Year on Friday.
“The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Heivilin as Michigan’s best high school softball player,” said Friday’s press release.
Thank you so much @Gatorade for selecting me as the Michigan Player of the Year. Thank you to my parents, coaches, teammates and all of my supporters for pushing me and helping me along my journey. I couldn’t have done it without all of my support!! See you soon @AlabamaSB ❤️🤍 https://t.co/9YTo3opT73
— kali heivilin (@kheivilin03) June 19, 2021
Heivilin broke the Michigan single-season home run record this season with 29, surpassing the previous record of 26. Her other statistics per the release this season included a .600 batting average, 88 runs scored, 71 RBI, 35 walks, a .684 on-base percentage and a 2.186 OPS. The 88 runs scored tied the state record Heivilin herself previously set in 2019.
Winning the state award also qualifies her to be considered for Gatorade’s nationwide player of the year.
Heivilin is committed to play softball at the University of Alabama next spring. She also was an all-conference basketball and volleyball player during her time at Three Rivers.