A strong three-day pitching performance from a teammate kept Madisonville star Kaylee Tow from earning MVP honors after her team won the KHSAA Softball State Tournament on Saturday night.
No matter. Tow was named Miss Softball by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association. She became the first player in Madisonville history and the second player from the 2nd Region (Christian County’s Griffin Joiner, 2011) to win the award.
Courtney Patterson, a sophomore, pitched through a blood blister in three games for the Maroons on Saturday and won the state-tournament MVP award after Madisonville defeated Male, 5-3, to win its first state title. Tow, who has signed with the University of Alabama and attended Team USA’s training camp this week, agreed Saturday that the underclassman was most deserving.
“Whenever I was thinking about winning a championship, I was like, ‘There’s a most outstanding player and it has to be Courtney,’” Tow said. “... For her to be that young and step up like that, it means the world to me.”
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Other player of the year honors were released as part of the All-State selections. The KSCA uses the KHSAA’s track-and-field alignment to award class-based honors. Woodford County star Bethany Todd, who has signed with the University of Kentucky, was named Class 3A Player of the Year. East Carter pitcher Montana Fouts, an Alabama commit, took Class 2A Player of the Year while Kameron Bowling (Louisville Holy Cross) won Class A Player of the Year.
Scott County’s Kennedy Sullivan, a Western Kentucky University commit, and Hannah Davis were named to the Class 3A first team along with Todd. Anderson County star Bailey Curry also made the Class 3A first team.
Scott County’s Halie Fain and Megan Murphy made the second team. Henry Clay’s Ayami Onodera and Victoria White were named among the Class 3A honorable mentions along with Madison Central’s Kasi Schneid and Montgomery County’s Macy McCoy.
Harrison County’s Bailey Conley (first team) and Taylor Reffett (second team) received Class 2A recognition. Kaylyn Barnett (Bourbon County), Bree Dishman (Bourbon County), Chandler Kelly (Franklin County), Mattie Robbins (Boyle County) and McKinley Rush (Boyle County) were among the Class 2A honorable mentions.
Paris’ Amanda Morgan and Kailee Finch made the Class A second team. The Greyhounds’ Haley Hope was named as an honorable mention in Class A.
Scott County (Class 3A), East Carter (Class 2A) and Pikeville (Class A) received Coaching Staff of the Year awards.
First team: Bailey Curry, Anderson County; Hannah Davis, Scott County; Kalli Harris, Madisonville; Lauren Johnson, Daviess County; Shelby Nunn, South Warren; Mallory Peyton, Madisonville; Kennedy Sullivan, Scott County; Kaylee Tow, Madisonville; Bethany Todd, Woodford County; Hailey Whitmer, Butler
Second team: Catie Barber, Ballard; Emmy Blane, Christian County; Halie Fain, Scott County; Lakyn Largent, McCracken County; Bayleigh Masterson, Male; Megan Murphy, Scott County; Aubree Muse, Central Hardin; Lexi Ray, Mercy; Haley Springer, Oldham County; Dani Walls, Male
Honorable mentions: Kennedy Baugh, Notre Dame; Shelby Kelley, Ballard; Macy McCoy, Montgomery County; Ayami Onodrea, Henry Clay; Annabelle Ramirez, Butler; Rebecca Riley, North Laurel; Jaelyn Sanders, Male; Kasi Schneid, Madison Central; Tyler Shemwell, Christian County; Victoria White, Henry Clay
First team: Jaci Babbs, Union County; Megan Claypoole, Fleming County; Bailey Conley, Harrison County; Montana Fouts, East Carter; Evyn Hendrickson, Union County; Sara Hieneman, Russell; Miciailyn Pierce, Johnson Central; Lindsay Reneisen, Bullitt East; Taylor Roby, Bullitt East; Kendall Smith, Warren East; Ryley Whitney, Allen County-Scottsville
Second team: Ciana Bowen, Lawrence County; Katie Gardner, Warren East; Karlie Keeney, Webster County; Eden Mayo, East Carter; Alexis Milby, Hart County; Paige Oldham, Collins; Taylor Reffett, Harrison County; Kalee Skaggs, Allen County-Scottsville; Taylor Thomas, Elizabethtown; Taylor Wiseman, Estill County
Honorable mentions: Sam Adams, Garrard County; Kaylyn Barnett, Bourbon County; Bree Dishman, Bourbon County; Elisabeth Huckleberry, Spencer County; Chandler Kelly, Franklin County; Juliann Kirby, Rockcastle County; Haley Mattingly, Marion County; Alexis Maynard, Russell; Carson Murray, Collins; Brianda Owens, Clay County; Hunter Reeves, Boyd County; Mattie Robbins, Boyle County; Sara Robinson, Rowan County; McKinley Rush, Boyle County; Mahala Saylor, Rockcastle County
First team: Kameron Bowling, Louisville Holy Cross; Erika Conn, Pikeville; Morgan Curley, Raceland; Alexa Foster, Owensboro Catholic; Leigh Grubb, Raceland; Hannah Judd, Green County; Ally Klein, Louisville Holy Cross; Cassidy Moss, Crittenden County; Mackenzie Short, Owensboro Catholic; Alexis Stanley, Pikeville
Second team: Kailee Finch, Paris; Ivy Hedgespeth, Green County; Trina Hughes, Nicholas County; Edith Kelley, Wolfe County; Haley Meyers, Newport Central Catholic; Amanda Morgan, Paris; Savanna Nunemaker, Pikeville; Jordan Thomas; Lauren Willett, Owensboro Catholic; Dakota Young, Louisville Holy Cross
Honorable mentions: Carson Flynn, Owensboro Catholic; Maddi Gailor, Louisville Holy Cross; Haley Hope, Paris; Madison Johnson, Raceland; Maddie McKinney, Butler County; Brittany Morris, Carlise County; Jennifer Peffley, Louisville Holy Cross; Jade Pinkston, Williamstown; Emma Robinson, Hancock County; Hailey Smith, Wolfe County; Camryn Slone, Pikeville