Girls Varsity Softball
Columbus North junior Sierra Norman and senior Bailey Lofton were cited as co-Most Valuable Players of the Bull Dogs' 2019 softball team at the team awards gathering on Monday evening (June 10) in the Schnier Shelterhouse at CeraLand Park.
Norman hit a team-best .439 with seven doubles, one triple, six home runs, four stolen bases and 22 runs batted in for a squad that posted a 15-9 record while capturing Conference Indiana and sectional championships. She also added a .920 fielding percentage while primarily playing shortstop. She collected MVP honors for the third consecutive season.
Lofton, the team’s catcher, hit .403 with one double, nine home runs and a team-best 27 RBIs. Lofton had a .988 fielding percentage and was a team MVP for the second time. Lofton also was recognized for being voted Class 3A/4A third-team All-State by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association.
Freshman Rachel Cowan, sophomore Meghan Waggoner and freshman Peri Foust received other awards.
Cowan was honored as winner of the team’s Bull Dog Award, while Waggoner received the Most Improved Award. Foust was presented the Coach’s Award.
Cowan hit .369 with six doubles, two home runs, two stolen bases and 15 RBIs. As a pitcher, she struck out 62 batters, walked 14 and amassed a 2.93 earned-run average while compiling a 6-2 record with one save in 74 innings. Cowan also had a .944 fielding percentage.
Waggoner, a first baseman, hit .364 with six doubles, four home runs and 15 RBIs. She had a .967 fielding percentage.
Foust, another pitcher, hit .286 with two doubles and five RBIs. She totaled a 9-6 mark in the circle, fanning 94 batters, walking 13 and posting a 3.77 ERA in 81.2 innings. She had a 1.000 fielding percentage.4
Earlier, Norman, Lofton, Cowan and Waggoner were voted first-team all-Conference Indiana and Foust collected honorable mention all-conference accolades.
Recognized as team captains were seniors Bailey Lofton, Jenna Fath and Brooke Rice. Those joining them as varsity letter winners were juniors Brooke Bruin, Lilly Hurt and Sierra Norman; sophomores Haylee Acton, Angenzie Gonzalez, Aden Voss and Meghan Waggoner; and freshmen Rachel Cowan, Peri Foust, Alexia Heafner, Emalee Heafner, Lillian Mackey, Lucy Norman and Carmen Rice. Freshman Ella Furber was the team manager.
Those honored with JV awards were juniors Dani Aguilar and Grace Barnett; sophomores Ellie Anderson, Aleiah Campbell, Emily Clark and Leslie Hatton; and freshmen Emily Hatton and Alivia Steinkoenig.