The Louisiana High School softball team and six members of it have been named to the Missouri High School Fast-Pitch Softball Coaches’ Association Academic All-State Softball Team.
The award is available to high school softball teams that have an overall team GPA (grade point average) of 3.3 or better. The 2013 Lady Bulldogs team that won the district tournament qualified.
The association also recognizes individuals with an academic award if they start 70 percent of the team’s games and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better.
Six players from Coach Bill Capps’ 2013 squad fit that bill. They are:
• Sophomore center fielder Taylor Cunningham. She has a 3.95 grade point average and has played for two seasons.
“I think it’s an honor and it feels good to be one of the higher students in my grade,” she said upon receiving the award.
• Sophomore first baseman and designated hitter Bailey Wallace. She has played for two years and has a 3.76 GPA.
“It feels good,” Wallace said about her honor. “I was juggling softball and cheerleading at the same time,” and still maintained her high average.
• Junior right fielder Samantha Pedersen. She has roamed the outfield for the Lady Bulldogs for three years and has a 3.86 GPA.
“This feels great,” she said of the achievement.
• Junior first baseman, outfielder and pitcher Ashley Martin. She has played wherever needed for three years and has a 3.97 GPA.
“It’s an honor because not many people get this award,” she said.
• Junior shortstop and utility player Morgan Murry. She has been a Lady Bulldogs softball player for three years and has a 3.86 GPA.
“It’s nice to get recognized for good grades,” she said.
• Junior pitcher Kaitlyn VanHooser. She has been on the mound for the Lady Bulldogs for three years and has a 3.86 GPA.
“It feels good to be one of the people from my school to get this award,” she said.
“Congratulations to these ladies and the entire varsity team for their excellent work in the classroom,” Capps said.