UNION COUNTY — A young athlete recently gave back to the youth athletic organization that helped her develop her athletic abilities by presenting its president with a check for $1,000.
In June, the Gatorade Company named rising junior pitcher Bailey Betenbaugh the 2016-2017 South Carolina Softball Gatorade Player of the Year. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field,
Betenbaugh, who is now a senior at Union County High School, was an all-region and all-state selection last 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. She is also a star in the classroom by maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
As part of the award, Gatorade donated $1,000 to a youth sports league of Betenbaugh’s choice. Betenbaugh chose to have the grant sent to the Dixie Girls, stating she chose it because that is where she got her start and she wanted to be able to help support young girls getting started in the sport she loves. She recently presented the check for the $1,000 donated by Gatorade to Tim Garner, President of the Dixie Girls Softball League.
By being named Gatorade Player of the Year Betenbaugh joined Roscoe Crosby (2000-2001, Baseball and Football) and Trevor Booker (2005-2006) as the only Yellow Jackets to receive this honor in their sports.
Betenbaugh is the daughter of Donnie and Crystal Betenbaugh. She has committed to play softball in college at the University of South Carolina.