Riley Hull named top player in county

To say that Pulaski County High School sophomore Riley Hull had a good year would be an understatement. Riley Hull had a phenomenal year.

And it was because of Riley Hull's phenomenal year that she was named the 2019 Commonwealth Journal All-County Softball Player of the Year.

Hull, who committed to Mississippi State University after her eighth-grade year, was selected to the All-State Softball Team for the second straight season. Hull was honored with the Johnny Bench Award, which was given to the top softball catcher in the state of Kentucky.

For the season, Hull batted an astounding .589, had a .622 on-base percentage, and a .953 slugging percentage. Hull drove in 54 runs, scored 48 runs, hit 17 doubles and hit two homers. Hull led the county in almost every offensive batting category.

Behind the plate as the Lady Maroons' catcher, Hull picked off 10 base runners trying to steal and had eight pick-off throws.

Had it not been for Hull's big year, Pulaski County High School junior Eva Gover had a MVP worthy season as well. Gover had a batting average of .490, an on-base percentage of .536, and a slugging percentage of .781.

Gover drove in 50 runs, scored 35 runs, hit 11 doubles and five homers. Gover made the 2019 All-State Team and was selected to play in the Kentucky Junior All-Star Game.

Southwestern High School sophomore Kaitlyn Gwin was a huge part of the Lady Warriors'. success this year as their top hitter and pitcher. Gwin had a .457 batting average and an on-base percentage of .537. Gwin drove in 39 runs, scored 21 runs, hit 10 doubles and three homers.

In the pitching circle, Gwin pitched almost 100 innings and struck out 79 batters. Gwin maintained a 3.31 ERA and recorded 10 pitching wins.

Southwestern High School senior Callie Burton ended her stellar high school softball career on a high note. Burton had a .439 batting average this spring and a .534 on-base percentage.

Burton drove in 34 runs, scored 47 runs, hit eight doubles and four homers.

Pulaski County High School sophomore Kaylee Strunk had an excellent year for the Lady Maroons in the pitcher's circle and at the plate. Strunk pitched 165.1 innings, earned 23 wins, struck out 148 batters and had an ERA of 2.37.

At the plate, Strunk batted 329, had a .478 on-base percentage, drove in 23 runs and hit five homers.

Somerset High School eighth-grader Carly Cain made he mark at the plate and in the pitcher's circle this spring for the Lady Jumpers. Cain pitched 163.2 innings, struck out 62 batters and had an ERA of 4.62.

At the plate, Cain had a county-best 7 home runs. Cain batted .351 with an on-base percentage of .560, and drove in 37 runs.

Pulaski County High School sophomore Molli Nelson came through for the Lady Maroons as their lead-off hitter. Nelson had a .421 batting average and an on-base percentage of .479.

Nelson scored 43 runs, drove in six runs, and had a team-high 10 stolen bases.

Southwestern High School junior Madison Gaskin had another solid year for the Lady Warriors. Gaskin had a .421 batting average and a .521 on-base percentage.

Gaskin hit six home runs, drove in 48 runs, scored 39 runs and hit eight doubles.

Somerset High School Mya Barron led the Lady Jumpers in almost every hitting statistic this past spring. Barron had a .421 batting average and an on-base percentage of .495.

Barron drove in 20 runs, scored 34 runs, hit 13 doubles and had a homer.

Steve Cornelius has worked as a journalist at the Commonwealth Journal since 2001, and has been the CJ Sports Editor since 2005.