Kentucky softball’s Erin Rethlake, who’d never hit better than .123 and never pitched more than 51 innings in occasional appearances over her first two years, has reinvented her batting approach, her mindset and her career this season.
Sophomore catcher Jenny Schaper crushed a home run over the wall in deep center field in the top of the 11th inning on Wednesday night to give the University of Kentucky softball team a doubleheader split at UCLA.
When someone asked whether this season might be a rebuilding year for Kentucky softball, Coach Rachel Lawson’s eyes welled up as she looked over at pitcher Shannon Smith in the back of the room. “It’s important to me that Shannon Smith has a big senior year. So, I have to make sure that I’m retooling every time that I have a senior class. … Everybody is important to me, and everybody’s career is important to me.”
Heisman Trophy-winning Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson wins the 2016 Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sports Figure of the Year award by largest margin in 36-year history of the award over runner-up Tyler Ulis. High-scoring hoops star Whitney Creech of Jenkins finishes third, highest ever by a high school girls’ basketball player
Sydney McLaughlin, a University of Kentucky track commitment from New Jersey, was part of an All-Star distance medley relay team that broke a world record at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on Saturday.