Former Apollo standout Blades earns NFCA All-American honors

June 10, 2021 | 12:04 am

Updated June 9, 2021 | 11:36 pm

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Payton Blades and Ryley Whitney both earned National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) All-American honors, while Katy ChadwellMia Aldridge and Tori Humphrey earned Second-Team All-Region recognition. 

Blades hit .422 with 14 doubles, seven homers and 45 RBI. She also finished tied with the team-high in stolen bases (12-of-13). The .422 average is seventh all-time in the single season record books.

Whitney led the Lady Tigers by hitting .444 with 15 doubles, nine home runs and 48 RBI. Her batting average finished third all-time in a single season and her total hits finished eighth. The 48 RBI is tied for 10th.

Aldridge and Humphrey, both using their extra COVID-19 season, shined in their super senior year. Aldridge hit .365 with seven home runs, 45 RBI and stole 10 bases. Humphrey finished hitting .360 with a team-high 17 doubles, 10 home runs and 51 RBI.

Chadwell, the lone pitcher earning All-Region honors, went 21-5 overall with a 2.36 ERA through 151 innings. She tossed 14 complete games and three shutouts while holding opponents to hitting only .271. The 21 wins ranks seventh on the single-season list. 

As a team this season, the Lady Tigers put up new program records. 

  • #1 – Batting Average (.350)
  • #1 – Walks (168)
  • #1 – RBI (335)
  • T1 – Doubles (100)
  • #1 – Hits (508)
  • #1 – Runs (367)

Campbellsville won its ninth Mid-South Conference regular season title and seventh MSC Tournament Championship after going 41-13 overall.

June 10, 2021 | 12:04 am

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