POLAND OH- The YSN Mania Bracket has been windless down to eight. It’s time to shine a light on the players and coaches that made the Elite 8 teams great. We start with the ace of the 2011 Poland Softball state championship team, Erin Gabriel.
Erin is a Poland legend and a member of their Hall of Fame. Gabriel won the Gatorade Ohio Softball player of the year twice in her high school career in 2010 and 2011. In addition to her 2011 state championship, Erin won a gold medal as a member of the Junior National team. A three-time ESPNHS All-American, Erin was highly recruited out of high school and went on to pitch at the University of Tennessee. As a Volunteer, Erin three a no-hitter, and two perfect games. She was a member of the 2015 SEC All-Tournament team. Erin ended her career as a Vol with a career ERA of 2.77 and 396 K’s.
In the 2011 State Championship game, Erin threw a one-hit shutout of LeGrange Keystone in a 4-0 win. She also knocked in an RBI going 1-3 at the plate.
Anthony Hartwig caught up with Erin to talk about her memories with the 2011 Poland Softball team.