Kelsey Smith (KELSEY SMITH-cq) makes the throw to first base to get the out during a game against San Manuel at Empire High School. Wednesday March 20, 2013 Tucson, Arizona photo by: Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES, NO MAG

Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

Empire High School senior Kelsey Smith, the Star’s 2013 Southern Arizona softball Player of the Year, is even better this year. Through Friday, Smith was hitting .506 with 60 RBIs and a state-leading 13 home runs. She is 12-1 as a pitcher. Empire reached the state semifinals last season and at 20-3 appears to be on a similar trajectory.