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 Taber as Connecticut’s best high school softball player. Taber is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award announced later this month.
The 5-foot-8 junior right-handed pitcher led the Falcons to a 22-0 record, an Eastern Connecticut Conference title and the No. 1 seed in the Class L state tournament at the time of her selection. A two-time Connecticut High School Coaches Association Class L First Team All-State honoree, Taber posted a 19-0 record with a 0.12 ERA and 210 strikeouts against just eight walks in 121 innings pitched through 22 games. Also a first baseman, Taber batted .415 with nine extra-base hits, 30 RBIs and 30 runs scored, recording a .484 on-base percentage and .561 slugging percentage entering the postseason. The New London Day’s 2014 All-Area Player of the Year, she led Fitch to the 2014 Class L state title as a sophomore.
Also a member of the debate team, Taber has maintained a 4.28 weighted GPA in the classroom, ranks No. 2 in her graduating class and has served as the fundraising chair for her school’s student government. In addition to donating her time as a peer tutor and youth softball instructor, she has also volunteered on behalf of the National Honor Society and at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.
“Caroline Taber is absolutely awesome,” said Liz Sutman, head coach of rival Waterford High, in a press release. “Fitch is a great program, and obviously she’s a huge part of that program. She’s a dominant pitcher and dominant hitter. She’s at the top of her class academically. She’s a class act. She’s a great girl and an awesome player. She’s a hard worker. She’s everything. She encompasses the whole thing.”