Argo, Cooper named to All-State team

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Two from the area were included with the best softball players in the state.

Fleming County’s Sidney Argo and Mason County’s Lexy Cooper were named Class 2A All-State Honorable Mention by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association on Sunday.

Argo led the Lady Panthers with a .609 batting average this season, collecting 56 hits in 92 at bats. Her average is ninth-highest in the state, according to statistics submitted to the KHSAA. The sophomore had only two extra-base hits this spring – both triples – but stole 33 bases and was caught only once. Her stolen base total was 16th in Kentucky. She only struck out once all season.

Argo also pitched in 15 games this spring, including starting five games. She had a 4-2 record and a 5.17 ERA, pitching a total of 42 innings.

Cooper helped lead the Lady Royals to a fourth straight 39th District title by recording 26 strikeouts in wins over St. Patrick and Bracken County and allowing only two hits in the tournament. The 10-0 win over the Lady Saints in the semifinals was a perfect game for the Mason County senior. She also drove in four runs during the tournament, including two with a home run in the bottom of the first inning of the championship game.

Cooper posted a .493 average through the team’s first 21 games. She had 11 doubles, a triple and a home run during that stretch, driving in 15 runs. She also posted a 3.78 ERA with 150 strikeouts during that time. Complete stats have not been submitted to the KHSAA.

Warren East’s Katie Gardner was named 2019 Miss Softball by the KSCA. The senior helped lead the Lady Raiders to a 34-2 record and a place in Friday’s KHSAA Fast Pitch Softball State Tournament quarterfinals, where they’ll take on 16th Region champion Ashland Blazer. She’s fifth in the state with a 0.74 ERA, first in the state with 321 strikeouts, first in wins with 30 and 20th in innings pitched with 171.1.

The Class 3A Player of the Year was Male’s Jasmine Miller. Male also took home the Class 3A Coaching Staff of the Year award. Warren East claimed Class 2A Coaching Staff of the Year honors and Boyle County’s Katy Grace Chadwell was named the Class 2A Player of the Year. Louisville Holy Cross claimed both honors in Class 1A, with Maddie Gailor winning Player of the Year.

All-State classes are determined by the KHSAA Track and Field Alignment. Miss Softball, All-State and Coaching Staff of the Year are voted on by the KSCA members. Each member votes for his or her own class and may vote for the other two classes. These awards will be presented at the East West All Star Series. Full All-State teams and more information of the East West All Star Series can be found on the KSCA website.



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