Neshoba Central’s Aspen Wesley has been named the Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for Mississippi for the fourth year in a row.

The Gatorade Co. has been honoring the nation’s best high school athletes for the past 34 years in their respective sports. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Wesley is now eligible to compete for the National Gatorade Player of the Year Award.

Wesley recently earned her sixth state championship ring as he helped lead Neshoba Central to its seventh straight Class 5A state championship in fast-pitch softball. The Lady Rockets finished the season with a 33-2 record.

Wesley has signed to play softball for Mississippi State University next season.

“It is the top award,” Coach Trae Embry said. “Winning it four times speaks volumes about what kind of player she was. “

There have been three people in the history of the award from a team sport to win it four times. Wesley is the first to do it for softball.



“I’m really proud for her,” Embry said. “She is a better person than she is a player; one of the most humble kids. Success never goes to her head.”

In addition, Wesley was all-state throughout her career as a Lady Rocket. Last year, she pitched a no-hitter in the Mississippi Association of Coaches and was named the game’s most valuable player.

Wesley finished her career at Neshoba Central with 1,666 strike outs according to MaxPreps. Her career record at Neshoba Central was 133-6.

She went 24-2 during her senior campaign, striking out 335 batters while giving up 41 hits. There were no extra base hits. She allowed only five earned runs. Her career ERA over six years was .048.

Wesley batted .409. She had 38 hits and 36 RBIs. She hit eight doubles and four home runs. Her ERA for the season was .023.