A pair of pitchers shared the honor of most valuable player at the Seymour softball awards banquet.
Freshman Rachel Kaufman and junior Lo Schmidt were named co-MVPs for their efforts in the 2015-16 season Monday at the Seymour High School cafeteria.
Owls coach Brian Personett said the award was hard to give out this year, since it seemed like a different player stepped up in every game.
Personett said that he felt like the team wouldn’t have finished 18-8 without the two taking the load of pitching.
Schmidt also was named to the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association’s All-State second team.
Personett said that Schmidt is the third player in the program’s history to make All-State.
Both Schmidt and Kaufman also made the All-Hoosier Hills Conference team, while junior Faith Rebber received an honorable-mention nod.
This year’s All-HHC team featured four All-State players. Personett said that it’s a big achievement to make the list and that there is very competitive softball in southern Indiana.
The mental attitude award went to senior Lutisha Gregory.
“Every day she showed up with a smile on her face and gave everything she had,” Personett said.
A coaches award was presented to senior Baylee Robinson.
“It’s a special award. This was a kid who did a lot of things that us coaches asked of her,” Personett said. “A lot of things she did didn’t show up in the stat sheets for our team.”
Rebber, who mainly played shortstop, took home the defensive player of the year award.
Personett said that Rebber made key plays in a handful of games this season, getting the team out of jams when they could have given up multiple runs.
She only had one error on the season.
Finishing with a .463 batting average, freshman Haley Mobley received the offensive player of the year award.
She led the team in home runs and batting average in her first year with the varsity program.
A total of 12 athletes received varsity letters.
Zabrina Nicholson then introduced her junior varsity team.
Those receiving awards on the JV team included; Bailey Lauster (most improved), Jewels Jones (coaches award), Kaylee Wall (defensive POY) and Anna Bullard (offensive POY).