Softball teams honored Thursday
The Bainbridge High School varsity and junior varsity Lady Cats and Bainbridge Middle School Lady Cats softball teams were honored for their 2012 performances, at the annual softball awards banquet Thursday night at the high school cafeteria.
The guest speaker was Albany State University Lady Golden Rams and former Lady Cats shortstop Vanessa Jones. Jones, who will be an Albany State honor graduate next year, urged the players to work hard on the field and in the classroom.
Varsity and junior varsity awards were presented by coach Eugene Singletary and coach Dennis Cato and middle school awards were presented by coach Marie Jones and coach Roy Matthews.
Caitlin Cato, who pitched and played at third base and in the outfield, was honored as the best all-around player.
A first team All-Region 1-AAAAA performer, Cato batted .301, collected 22 hits and scored 33 runs.
Junior Anna Barber, who joined Cato on the All-Region 1-AAAAA first team, won the highest batting average and top outfielder awards. She batted .413, banged out 26 hits and scored 22 runs.
The top pitching award went to sophomore Brooke Bates. In addition to her work on the mound, Bates hit .254, collected 17 hits and scored 13 runs.
Shortstop Laura Griner won the top infielder award. She batted .280, collected 21 hits and scored 25 runs.
Junior catcher, infielder and outfielder Megan Vaughn won the Iron Lady Award for hard work and strong play. and junior infielder and outfielder Morgan Phillips won the most improved player award.
Varsity academic awards went to Maegan Harrison, with a 98.125 grade point average, Morgan Phillips, with a 97.188 GPA, Caitlin Cato, with a 93.083 GPA, Anna Barber, with a 92.938 GPA, and Brooke Bates, with a 90.0 GPA.
Junior varsity award winners included top pitcher Chloe Powell and most improved player Chelsea Lynn.
The junior varsity coaches’ award for dedication and hard work went to Victoria Sprenkle. Bearcat awards for spirit and hustle went to Jordan Graham, Zakiya Calloway and Grace McIntosh.
Janisha Perkins was the most improved junior varsity outfielder. Junior varsity scholastic awards went to Jordan Graham, with a 98.75 GPA, Chelsea Lynn, with a 95.375 GPA, Zaykia Calloway, with a 92.125 GPA, and Summer Kirkland, with a 91.125 GPA.
Middle school honorees included Taylor Swanner, with the highest batting average, Reilly Fletcher for being the most improved player and Haley Thompson as the most improved infielder.
The middle school coaches and hustle awards went to Karoline West and TyKira Adams.