Softball: Individual team awards handed out at year-end ceremony

Softball: Individual team awards handed out at year-end ceremony

The LaGrange softball team handed out its individual awards in a year-end ceremony. The Panthers went 15-25 this past season and reached the USA South Tournament for the second straight year.

Senior catcher/designated hitter Emily Barrs repeated as the recipient of the Phillip R. Williamson Award for the team's most valuable player for second straight year. She has been on the USA South West Division first team the past two seasons, and was a All-Conference first team selection in 2017. This past season, Barrs was first or second in 11 different offensive categories. She had a .355 batting average, two home runs and a team-high 23 RBIs. 

Junior outfielder Carolyn Harkness was selected the Most Valuable Offensive Player. Harkness led the team in batting average (.365), runs scored (23), walks (15), and stolen bases (14). 

Junior outfielder Kelsey Dietz was selected the Most Valuable Defensive Player. Dietz led the outfielders with 48 putouts, five assists, two double plays.

Senior pitcher Emily Cauldwell received the Breakout Player of the Year Award. Cauldwell led the pitching staff with eight wins and a 3.09 earned run average. She also had a team-high 20 appearance, 113-1/3 innings pitched, and 11 complete games.

Senior first baseman Taylor Tallant received the Panther Pride Award. This season, she was selected to the USA South West Division second team after batting .250 with a home run and 20 RBIs.Tallant committed only four errors at first base and had a .984 fielding percentage.

Freshman outfielder Brittany Todd was the team's Rookie of the Year. Todd batted .315 with a team-leading three home runs and .522 slugging percentage. She was second on the team with 22 RBIs, 29 hits, and eight doubles.

Junior Maegan Harrison was selected to receive the Coaches Award. She has played at shortstop and second base in her three years with the Panthers. She has been limited by injuries over the past two seasons, after having a home run and 23 RBIs as a freshman.