~ Athlete of the Week selected by the publisher
SHENANDOAH — Page County High School’s Bailee Gaskins not only has four consecutive wins on the mound in a little over a week, but the junior right-hander chalked up two of her five shutouts on the season as the Panthers dominated their district opponents during that stretch 52-3.
The Panthers have recorded eight of 13 wins by double-digits. While Page’s high-powered offense racks up hits and creates runs, its Gaskins’ arm that has often kept opponents in check. The junior has recorded 122 strikeouts through 16 games (7.6 per game). Last week, she touted 27 Ks in only 13 innings of work — before adding eight more strikeouts to her tally on Monday in a dominating no-hitter against Madison that marked her fifth shutout of 2023.
Gaskins tempered her steel in last season’s VHSL Class 2 state championship. The then-sophomore went toe-to-toe with D-I, University of Virginia-commit Courtney Layne who hurled her second perfect game in two days for the state title. Layne retired 21 consecutive Page batters, striking out 15.
However, in a complete game against the defending state champs from Appomattox — who were riding a 39-game winning streak into the state championship — Gaskins, as a sophomore, only allowed four hits, while walking five and striking out four. The Raiders scored the game’s only run in their final at bat.
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