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Franklin County softball banquet caps magnificent season

Pictured are Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference all-conference selections from the Franklin County High School softball team. From left, Kendall McCool, Gabby Mitchum and Kamryn McCool. Not pictured: Hannah Hornsby.

By LANDON BUNDY - Courtesy of The Brookville Democrat

On Tuesday, June 26, the Franklin County High School softball team concluded its 2017 season with a banquet to celebrate some remarkable accomplishments earned throughout the spring.

The Lady Wildcats ended the year with a 25-6 record and an 11-3 mark in the EIAC, good enough for second place.

The 25 wins for Franklin County were the most-ever in a single season in school history. In addition, the 2018 senior class for the Lady Cats collected 88 wins over four years, also a school record.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything better in my first season of coaching,” Franklin County head coach Alex McCool said at the banquet.

In the postseason, the FC served as the host the IHSAA Class 3A Sectional 29 tournament.

The Wildcat girls did their part, using the home field advantage to win the sectional title.

Franklin County pitching did not allow a single run in the tournament, allowing them to pick up a 1-0 win over Greensburg in extra innings, a 1-0 win over Batesville, and a 3-0 win over South Dearborn championship tilt.

In Class 3A regional play, the the Wildcats hosted Corydon Central for a chance to advance to the Final 8 in the state, but fell 2-1 in an extra-inning thriller to end their season.

Not only did the Lady Wildcats softball team break records as a team, but the 2018 senior class made its way into the record books in many ways.

Kamryn McCool topped the single-season record book in hits, while adding career highs at the plate in hits and RBI. On the mound, she was even more spectacular, finishing with record highs at FC in strikeouts (in a game, and in a season), career wins and career innings pitched.

McCool also cracked the top ten in career doubles, career triples, career home runs, season batting average, doubles in a season, innings pitched, single season wins, lowest ERA, and strikeouts in a season.

Sister Kendall McCool landed in the top ten with career innings pitched, lowest ERA, career wins, wins in a season, and career strikeouts.

Hannah Hornsby also cracked the top ten in career home runs.

At the banquet, awards such as MVP, highest batting average, and the Teammate award as well as many others were handed out amongst the varsity and junior varsity squads.

Award winners and their grade were as follows:

 

VARSITY

MVP: Kamryn McCool (12)

Highest batting average: Kamryn McCool (12)

Highest fielding percentage: Hannah Hornsby (12)

Lowest ERA: Kamryn McCool (12)

Teammate Award: Kamryn McCool (12) and Tessa Harper (12)

All-Conference

Hannah Hornsby (12), Kamryn McCool (12), Kendall McCool (12), Gabby Mitchum (12).

EIAC MVP

Kamryn McCool (12) (Third straight year)

Academic All-Conference

Kristin Campbell (12), Autumn McDaniel (12), Makaylee Woods (10)

Academic All-State

Kamryn McCool (12)

IHSAA First Team All-State 3A/4A

Kamryn McCool (12) (1 of 5 players selected)

JUNIOR VARSITY

MVP: Karlie Hahn (10)

Highest batting average: Karlie Hahn (10)

Highest fielding percentage: Karlie Hahn (10)

Teammate award: Emily Wendel (10)