Becky Lauth Named All Big Bend Coach Of The Year

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By Fran Hunt
Greene Publishing, Inc.
After a very successful year, the Aucilla Christian Academy Lady Warriors softball team wrapped up the regular and post season on a 19-3 record, won their fourth consecutive District Title, the 10th in 11 years, and the 11th in 13 years; they won their third Regional Title ever; and they went into the State Finals for the first time ever to wind up the season as the State Runner-Up, now Head Coach Becky Lauth, along with six of her players, have received an additional feather in their caps. Two of those players hail from Madison County.
In her third year as head coach at Aucilla Christian, and leading the Lady Warriors to a near State Championship, Lauth has been named the 2014 All-Big Bend Coach of the Year. Lauth lives here in Madison.
“It is a great feeling to have received this honor,” Lauth said. “Having such a young team, for them to step up to the plate and perform all season long, their hard work and dedication to the game has definitely helped me get this,” said Lauth, who started three eighth graders and very few upperclassmen.
“I will be losing Whitney (Stevens) due to graduation, but most of the team will be returning next year, and over the course of the next couple of years, I look for very big things for these girls. There is absolutely the strong possibility that they will be taking Aucilla’s first State Championship ever in any sport,” said Lauth.
Two Aucilla players have been named All Big Bend first-team, another two were named to the second team, and two received honorable mention.
Those in the first team were Whitney Stevens (of Madison) and Kelly Horne.
“Whitney was our work horse,” said Lauth. “She made sure the girls remained focused and did what they were supposed to do.”
As a player, Stevens played in 20 games, with 65 plate appearances, 57 at bats, 18 hits, 12 singles, six doubles, 10 RBIs, 19 runs, seven reach on errors, three fielder’s choice, eight walks, 11 strikeouts, a batting average of .316, an on base percentage of .400 and a slugging average of .421.
On the field, Stevens had 22 total chances, 11 assists, eight putouts, three errors and a fielding percentage of .864.
On the mound, she pitched 52 innings, 11 games, had a 9-1 record, giving up 36 hits, 18 runs, seven of which were earned, nine walks, 75 strikeouts, one hit by pitch and an earned run average of .942.
“Kelly is a ninth grader and was our team MVP,” sad Lauth. “She leads the team in hits.”
Horne played in 21 games, with 79 plate appearances, 61 at bats, 32 hits, 17 singles, 12 doubles, two triples, one homerun, 27 RBIs, 32 runs, one hit by pitch, four reach on errors, 16 walks, four strikeouts, a batting average of .525, an on base percentage of .620 and a slugging average of .836.
On the field, Horne had 107 total chances, eight assists, 97 putouts, two errors and a fielding percentage of .961.
Those on the second team included Elizabeth Hightower and Ramsey Sullivan (of Greenville).
“Elizabeth is a great asset to be so young,” said Lauth. “She is a great asset both on the mound and in the batter’s box.”
Hightower played in 20 games, with 74 plate appearances, 70 at bats, 25 hits, 14 singles, four doubles, three triples, four homeruns, 28 RBIs, 22 runs, eight reach on errors, two fielder’s choice, four walks, seven strikeouts, a batting average of .357, an on base percentage of .392 and a slugging average of .671.
On the field, Hightower had 57 total chances, 29 assists, 26 putouts, two errors, one double play and a fielding percentage of .965.
On the mound, she pitched 50 innings, 12 games, had a 6-1 record, giving up 23 hits, 12 runs, five of which were earned, 24 walks, 70 strikeouts, two hit by pitches and an earned run average of .700.
“Ramsey is a great utility player,” said Lauth. All season she has set the tone for games. She’s a great lead-off hitter.”
Sullivan played in 22 games, with 84 plate appearances, 76 at bats, 32 hits, 28 singles, four doubles, 13 RBIs, 28 runs, one hit by pitch, four reach on errors, three fielder’s choice, seven walks, six strikeouts, a batting average of .421, an on base percentage of .476 and a slugging average of .474.
On the field, she had 116 total chances, 24 assists, 90 putouts, two errors, one double play and a fielding percentage of .983.
Players receiving honorable mention included Carly Joiner and Natalie Sorensen.
“Carly is a great utility player, who is going to see some great things over the next couple of years,” said Lauth.
Joiner played in 21 games, with 75 plate appearances, 69 at bats, 25 hits, 20 singles, five doubles, 11 RBIs, 33 runs, one hit by pitch, six reach on errors, five fielder’s choice, five walks, six strikeouts, a batting average of .362, an on base percentage of .413 and a slugging average of .435.
On the field, she had 36 total chances, 19 assists, 11 putouts, six errors and a fielding percentage of .833.
“Natalie is also a great utility player,” said Lauth. “No mater where you put them, they play the position very well.”
Sorensen played in 22 games, with 63 plate appearances, 50 at bats, 19 hits, 12 singles, four doubles, one triple, two homeruns, 21 RBIs, 18 runs, two hit by pitches, six reach on errors, nine walks, seven strikeouts, a batting average of .380, an on base percentage of .476 and a slugging average of .620.
On the field, she had 19 total chances, seven assists, 11 putouts, one error and a fielding percentage of .947.
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