Fleming County’s Morgan Fern and Sidney Argo were announced as members of the 2018 Class 2A All-State team by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association on Sunday.
Fern, a senior catcher for the Lady Panthers, posted a .512 batting average over 28 games this season to land as a member of the Class 2A second team. Her 10 home runs put her in the top 25 in the state in the category, according to statistics submitted to the KHSAA by Sunday, and her 1.107 slugging percentage put her in the top 10 in the state. She drove in 55 runs, the seventh-most in the state, and also scored 37 times. Her 16 doubles and two triples led her team. The Lady Panthers finished the season at 17-12.
Argo was named an honorable mention a year after leading the state with a .626 batting average. According to statistics submitted to the KHSAA website as of Sunday, the freshman was second in the state with a .691 average this season. Argo did her job getting on base from the leadoff spot, recording a .724 on base percentage. She recorded 65 hits, with only two doubles and one triple, but used her speed on the base path to get into scoring position. She’s third in the state in stolen bases with 40 and second in runs scored with 60.
East Carter’s Montana Fouts was named 2018 Miss Softball. Entering the Owensboro Health/KHSAA Fast Pitch Softball State Tournament, Fouts had a .604 batting average with 12 home runs, 18 doubles and a triple, according to statistics submitted to the KHSAA. She recorded 66 RBIs and 49 runs scored. Fouts was best known for her work in the circle. She posted a 33-0 record as a senior entering the state tournament, with a 0.07 ERA and 417 strikeouts.
The Class 2A Player of the Year went to East Jessamine’s Hannah James, while the 2A Coaching Staff of the Year went to East Carter. Green County’s Hannah Judd was the Class 1A Player of the Year and Louisville Holy Cross received 1A Coaching Staff of the Year honors. In Class 3A, Scott County’s Kennedy Sullivan was named Player of the Year. The Lady Cardinals’ also took home the 3A Coaching Staff of the Year.
The three classes of All-State players are determined by the KHSAA Track and Field alignment. Miss Softball, All-State and Coaching Staff of the Year are voted on by KSCA members. Each member votes for their own class and may also vote for the other two classes. The awards will be presented on Saturday, June 16, at the East-West All-Star Series at Eastern Kentucky University. A full list of All-State teams can be found on the KSCA website (www.kyhighschoolsoftball.com).