Betenbaugh is Softball Player of the Year


A finalist for National Softball Player of the Year

By Tyler Shugart - tylers1400@gmail.com



Photo by Sandy Moss Union County High School Lady Jacket Bailey Betenbaugh has been named the 2016-2017 South Carolina Softball Gatorade Player of the Year. As South Carolina Softball Player of the Year, Betenbaugh is also a finalist for Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year. Betenbaugh is a member of the Lady Jacket Softball Team that won the 2017 Class AAAA State Championship. Here she is pitching in the State Title Games vs Hartsille.


Photo by Sandy Moss Lady Jackets Bailey Betenbaugh and Ashley Vinson hold the State Title Trophy for the 2017 Class AAAA State Championship won by the Union County High School Lady Jackets Softball Team. In addition to being part of the winning team, Betenbaugh has also been named he 2016-2017 South Carolina Softball Gatorade Player of the Year. As South Carolina Softball Player of the Year, Betenbaugh is also a finalist for Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year.


UNION COUNTY — The Union County Lady Yellow Jackets had a tremendous softball season that culminated in the team claiming the 2017 Class AAAA State Championship. Now one of the players from that championship team is being recognized for her efforts on the field, that helped lead the Lady Jackets to the title.

The Gatorade Company named rising junior pitcher Bailey Betenbaugh the 2016-2017 South Carolina Softball Gatorade Player of the Year on Monday in a press release. According to the release, 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 Betenbaugh as South Carolina’s best high school softball player. She is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award that will be announced later in June.

Betenbaugh, who was an all-region and all-state selection this season after going 14-4 from the circle of UCHS with a 1.44 ERA and 118 strikeouts, also had a batting average of .495 with 43 RBIs. Betenbaugh was also a star in the classroom as she was able to maintain a 4.0 GPA.

Bailey is the daughter of Donnie and Crystal Betenbaugh. Bailey has committed to play softball in college at the University of South Carolina.

Bailey said the she was very grateful for her parents and all the coaches that have helped make her a better softball player over the years. She also said that she has been playing softball since she was about two years old and has always loved the game.

As part of this award, Gatorade will donate $1,000 to a youth sports league of Bailey’s choice. Bailey chose to have the grant sent to the Union County Girl’s Fastpitch Softball Association, stating she chose that organization because that is where she got her start and wanted to be able to help support young girls getting started in the sport she loves.

Betenbaugh joins Roscoe Crosby (2000-2001, Baseball and Football) and Trevor Booker (2005-2006) as the only Yellow Jackets to receive this honor in their sports.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Photo by Sandy Moss Union County High School Lady Jacket Bailey Betenbaugh has been named the 2016-2017 South Carolina Softball Gatorade Player of the Year. As South Carolina Softball Player of the Year, Betenbaugh is also a finalist for Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year. Betenbaugh is a member of the Lady Jacket Softball Team that won the 2017 Class AAAA State Championship. Here she is pitching in the State Title Games vs Hartsille.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Bailey-Betenbaugh-2-1.jpgPhoto by Sandy Moss Union County High School Lady Jacket Bailey Betenbaugh has been named the 2016-2017 South Carolina Softball Gatorade Player of the Year. As South Carolina Softball Player of the Year, Betenbaugh is also a finalist for Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year. Betenbaugh is a member of the Lady Jacket Softball Team that won the 2017 Class AAAA State Championship. Here she is pitching in the State Title Games vs Hartsille.

Photo by Sandy Moss Lady Jackets Bailey Betenbaugh and Ashley Vinson hold the State Title Trophy for the 2017 Class AAAA State Championship won by the Union County High School Lady Jackets Softball Team. In addition to being part of the winning team, Betenbaugh has also been named he 2016-2017 South Carolina Softball Gatorade Player of the Year. As South Carolina Softball Player of the Year, Betenbaugh is also a finalist for Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Bailey-Betenbaugh-1.jpgPhoto by Sandy Moss Lady Jackets Bailey Betenbaugh and Ashley Vinson hold the State Title Trophy for the 2017 Class AAAA State Championship won by the Union County High School Lady Jackets Softball Team. In addition to being part of the winning team, Betenbaugh has also been named he 2016-2017 South Carolina Softball Gatorade Player of the Year. As South Carolina Softball Player of the Year, Betenbaugh is also a finalist for Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year.
A finalist for National Softball Player of the Year

By Tyler Shugart

tylers1400@gmail.com

Tyler Shugart is the host of “Bump and Run” from 7-9 a.m. on Fox Sports 1400 AM 98.3 FM in Spartanburg.

Tyler Shugart is the host of “Bump and Run” from 7-9 a.m. on Fox Sports 1400 AM 98.3 FM in Spartanburg.

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