GC Softball/Baseball: Blooming Grove reaps softball and baseball All-District honors
- By Mike Phillips Daily Sun
BLOOMING GROVE -- Blooming Grove's softball and baseball teams picked up a long list of All-District honors this season, including the District 18-3A Softball Pitcher of the Year, freshman Rileigh O’Dell, who had a sensational season in her first year with the Lady Lions, and freshman Carli Cunningham is the 18-3A Utility Player of the Year.
Senior Trent Nicholson, a four-year starter who wrapped up an incredible career at Blooming Grove by earning the District 18-3A Baseball Defensive Player of the Year.
Johnna Smith's Lady Lions, who had a strong season despite not having Ava Eldridge, who was the District 18-3A MVP as a freshman and sophomore and the Golden Circle Co-Player of the Year as a sophomore a year ago. She suffered an injury in basketball season and was out for the year.
Smith's team didn't make any excuses and had another big season with a very young team that grew up a lot this year and reached the playoffs again.
O'Dell earned a superlative on the 18-3A All-District team and Cunningham emerged to win the Utility Player of the Year. Six other Lady Lions earned honors: Audrey Grant and Janey McGraw were both named to the 18-3A First-Team as infielders and Brooke McGraw earned First-Team honors in the outfield. Makenna Davis and Laci Johnson made the Second-Team as infielders and catcher Lauren Wilcoxen was named to the Honorable Mention list.
Nicholson led the Lions as a leader behind the plate throughout his career and led a parade of Lions on the 18-3A All-District team as a senior.
Kelton Bell, a senior and four-year starter, was named to the 18-3A First-Team as a pitcher. Jace Trull made the Second-Team as a pitcher and Noah Hutchison made the Second-Team as an outfielder. Reagan Short and Levi Williams were named to the Honorable Mention list.
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