B.C.H.S. Softball host 2016 banquet
A few weeks after Butler County dropped a 5-4 decision to Grayson County in the 12th District Softball Tournament, the Bears 2016 season came full circle with the team's annual awards banquet.
The Butler County varsity squad finished the season with an 18-13-2 record, while the junior varsity squad notched an 18-7 record.
The first order of business was to recognize the academic achievements of the team. Senior Taylor King and juniors Madison Clark, Maddie McKinney, and Zoie Pendley were named to the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association (K.S.C.A.) All Academic 1st Team (G.P.A. 3.75 and above); junior Ashlynne Brooks was named to the 2nd Team (G.P.A. 3.5 to 3.74) and senior Callie Cardwell was Honorable Mention (G.P.A. 3.25 to 3.49). K.S.C.A. recognition was limited to juniors and seniors who played in at least half the varsity games.
Named to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (K.H.S.A.A.) All Academic 1st Team (G.P.A. 3.75 or higher) were senior Taylor King, juniors Madison Clark, Maddie McKinney, Zoie Pendley, sophomores Olivia Jones and Tori McKinney, and freshmen Dixie Garnier, Amber Thacker, and Kylee Smith. Junior Ashlynne Brooks and senior Callie Cardwell were Honorable Mention (G.P.A. 3.25 to 3.74). K.H.S.A.A. Academic recognition was open to all players in grades 9-12.
Continuing with the recognition portion of the banquet, Madison Clark was recently named to the East-West All-Star game as voted on by coaches in Regions 1-8. She took part in the All-Star weekend June 17-19 on the campus of Georgetown College and competed against All-Stars from Regions 9-16. Clark also received Honorable Mention All-State recognition from the K.S.C.A.
In the 12th District Softball recognition, Clark, junior catcher Cheyenne White, and junior shortstop Maddie McKinney were named to the All Season team; McKinney and junior pitcher Zoie Pendley were named to the All District Tournament team.
Senior center-fielder Taylor King was named to the All Academic Team.
The following team awards were presented:
Varsity Silver Slugger (season batting average over .300): Abigail Fry, Callie Cardwell, Cheyenne White, Maddie McKinney, Madison Clark, and Tori McKinney.
Varsity Gold Glove (season fielding percentage over .900): Ashlynne Brooks, Callie Cardwell, Cheyenne White, Maddie McKinney, Madison Clark, Olivia Jones, Tori McKinney, Zoie Pendley.
J.V. Silver Slugger (season batting average over .300): Aleace Hall, Amber Thacker ( not pictured), Bayleigh Alford, Dixie Garnier, Haley Peach, and Hannah Chaney.
J.V. Gold Glove (season fielding percentage over .875): Amber Thacker, Ashlynne Brooks, Bayleigh Alford, Dixie Garnier, Hannah Chaney, Kylee Smith.
Zoie Pendley received the Varsity Pitching Award and Kylee Smith got the J.V. Pitching Award. Pendley finished at 18-12, struck out 98 batters over the season, and recorded a 2.6 E.R.A. Smith finished 13-5-1, struck out 60 batters, and had a 1.6 E.R.A.
Cheyenne White (varsity) and Hannah Chaney (J.V.) were honored for their work behind the plate. White caught 206 innings, threw out 14 baserunners and picked off four baserunners; 8th grader Chaney caught 98 innings, threw out 10 baserunners, and picked off two baserunners.
In other awards, Taylor King had the most sacrifices, Madison Clark had the most stolen bases, most walks, and most triples. Maddie McKinney snagged several offensive categories, including highest batting average, highest slugging percentage, highest on-base percentage, most runs batted in, most runs scored, most overall hits and most doubles.
Team captains Taylor King, Abigail Fry, and Zoie Pendley were honored and the B.C.H.S.
Booster Club recognized seniors King, Fry and Cardwell for their contributions to the softball program.
Field manager Heath Chaney was recognized for his help.
Big League Chew awards were given to Hannah Chaney, Aleace Hall and Tori McKinney.
John Embry is the head coach; Diane Dyer, Jack Clark and Lexie Smith are assistant coaches.