Trion High School recently honored their softball team with a banquet to celebrate the season and seniors on the team. The 2016 Lady Bulldogs finished 5th place in the State, advanced to their 3rd consecutive Elite Eight, and had a 3rd consecutive 20+ win season.
The seniors: Lindsey Shepherd, Jordan Floyd, Megan Wells, Dara McRae, KiKi Evans and Taylor Bethune won a school record 86 games while at Trion.
“I am very proud of this group and extremely excited about the overall status of the program. Trion softball is recognized throughout the state now, it has been a remarkable 4 years since taking over the program and watching how hard each group of girls worked and bought in to what we are doing as a program. Each group striving for what we preach, leave it better than you found it and continue to raise expectations…. Also special thanks to all my assistant coaches for all they do to ensure our success.” said Coach Lanham.
The 2016 Best All Around player award went to Shayla Youngblood. Youndblood was selected First Team All State, First Team All Region, First Team All Area, Trion MVP, and Trion Team Captain. She had a .981 fielding percentage, .478 batting average with 47 total hits, 24 stolen bases, 19 runs batted in and 36 runs scored.
Other Recognitions at the banquet included:
GACA SECOND TEAM ALL-STATE
2016 ALL REGION 6A FIRST TEAM
Individual Awards for the 2016 Trion High School Softball included:
Most Improved—Jodie Henderson
Coaches Award—Darrian Jones
Best Offense—KiKi Evans
.489 BA (45 Total Hits), 46 SB, and 48 Runs Scored
Best Defense—Shelby Carlock
Bulldog Tough Award—Josie Maddux
Strong Arm Award—Whitney Shepherd
Trion Softball Managers Award—Ryleigh Lawrence and Tianna Youngblood