Records were made to be broken, right? That’s what Tybee Denton did for Banks County this year. She did more than that though. She left a legacy so rich, that she’ll be talked about for decades to come when you talk about Banks County softball and the 2019 State Championship Lady Leopards. She not only broke individual records (some of them her very own from 2018) but put them so far in the rearview mirror that no one likely will sniff them anytime soon. For her dominating efforts, she is the nearly unanimous selection for BLITZ Softball Player of the Year.
2019 BY THE NUMBERS
- .423 AVG, 12 HR, 41 RBI
- .500 OBP, .837 SLG
- 29-3 W-L, 1 Save, 0.47 ERA
- 412 K, 195 IP
- 12 NO-HITTERS
- 21 SHUTOUTS
Did you just read those numbers? Go back and look at them again, and let that resonate for a bit. Have we EVER seen someone so dominant both in the circle AND at the plate? Only a couple come to mind in the past 11 years, including Dawson County’s Jenna Abbott, White County’s Stephanie Satterfield, and last year’s Banks County’s Jaycie Bowen, as well as Union great Laken Chambers. However, what Tybee Denton did this year surpasses all individual efforts we have ever witnessed. She was 29-3 with a save mixed in, throwing 12 (TWELVE) no-hitters, 21 shutouts, and striking out 412 batters to the tune of a 0.47 microscopic ERA.
Oh, and when she wasn’t busy with that, she hit .423 with a school-record 12 homeruns and 41 RBI, getting on base at a .500 clip while slugging .837! Her efforts were not in vain, as she led Banks County to its first state championship in program history. Over her career at Banks County, she finished with a 73-19 record, 1,041 strikeouts, and a 1.20 ERA. At the plate, she hit .375 with 24 homers, 110 RBI, 39 runs, and 21 doubles.
- Tybee Denton – 77 pts (15 1st-place votes)
- Reagan Dunagan – 34 pts (1)
- Livi Blackstock – 32 pts
- Rachel Morgan – 25 pts
- Evee Dornhecker – 16 pts
Voting included our 16-person panel made up of sports reporters, writers, video producers, former coaches, players, GHSA officials, and sports experts. The voting is Heisman-style, with the following points system:
1st place votes: 5 pts; 2nd: 3 pts; 3rd: 2 pts; 4th: 1 pts; 5th-6th: 0.5 pts
HISTORY OF SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
- 2019 – Tybee Denton – Banks Co SR P
- 2018 – Jaycie Bowen – Banks Co SR 1B/P
- 2017 – Jessica Morgan – White Co SR C
- 2016 – Paige Cooke (Habersham SO SS) & Emma Whitfield (Stephens SO P)
- 2015 – Laken Chambers – Union Co JR P/1B
- 2014 – Laken Chambers (Union Co SO P/1B) & Jessica Morgan (White Co FR C)
- 2013 – Georgia Webb – Habersham SR OF/P
- 2012 – Jenna Abbott – Dawson Co SR P
- 2011 – Angie Hughes – Union Co SR P
- 2010 – Stephanie Satterfield – White Co SR P/1B
- 2009 – Stephanie Satterfield – White Co JR P/1B
Denton is the second straight Banks County player to take the award and third straight senior. She’s also the ninth winner whose primary position is pitching.
LOOKING AHEAD – THE NEXT FAVORITE(S)
Without Denton in the mix next year, 3 finalists return next year, including Commerce’s Rachel Morgan, White County’s Reagan Dunagan, and Jefferson’s Livi Blackstock. Still, Banks County’s Madi Cronic is in this conversation as well, and so is Morgan’s Commerce teammate Carson Hobbs, Lumpkin’s Lauren English, and many others that were nominees. This one could be wide open next year.
POY Graphic (Framed) – Tybee Denton
POY Graphic (Framed) - Tybee Denton