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EC’s Lynch named Georgia Gatorade Player of Year


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 06, 2018 - 6:30 AM

It’s been almost eight months since the East Coweta Lady Indians captured the Class 7-A softball championship with an amazing undefeated season, and accolades are still coming in for members of the team.

Earlier this week, rising senior Kelley Lynch was named the Georgia Gatorade Softball Player of the Year.

Lynch is the first Gatorade Georgia Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from East Coweta High School. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Lynch as Georgia’s best high school softball player.

She is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-9 junior  led the Indians to a perfect 36-0 record and the Class 7A state championship this past season.

Lynch finished with  14-0 record with a 0.45 ERA in the circle and produced a .454 batting average, 10 home runs and 50 RBI.

She struck out 193 batters in 93 innings pitched. The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Player of the Year, Lynch was also named Player of the Year by the Georgia Dugout Club and is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 recruit in the Class of 2019 by FloSoftball.

Although she has one more year of high school softball, she has already committed to play at college softball for the Auburn Tigers.

East Coweta teammate Rachel Vaughan was a finalist for the honor. She will play college softball at South Carolina.

DANI MORGAN FSU CLOSING IN ON SOFTBALL TITLE: The former East Coweta outfielder is one step closer to earning an NCAA title after the Seminoles beat Washington 1-0 in the best-of-three-finals Monday night in Oklahoma City.

The  Seminoles were set to play Washington at 8 p.m. Tuesday night in the second game of the series.

Morgan picked up a hit in Monday night’s victory and also put herself in the record books with her six stolen base at the World Series.

Florida State scored the only run of the game in the top of the sixth.

Morgan and her teammates lost the first game at the College World Series, but entered Tuesday night’s game on a five-game winning streak.