BLITZ Softball Player of the Year – Madi Cronic

It was a long-time coming, but Madi Cronic earned the BLITZ Softball Player of the Year after a senior season that was incredible to say the least. Cronic led the Lady Leopards, who were defending a state title, to the Elite 8 once again, as well as a region championship.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • .490 AVG
  • 6 HR
  • 40 RBI
  • 38 R
  • 16 2B
  • 11 BB
  • .546 OBP
  • .824 SLG

Cronic posted career highs in nearly every category, batting .490 with 6 HR, 40 RBI, 16 2B, 38 R, 11 BB, and posting a .546 OBP and slugging .824. She put up career totals of .428 AVG, 9 HR, 76 RBI, 27 SB, 29 2B, 3 3B, 52 BB, a .506 OBP, .583 SLG, and a .942 FLD percentage. In a word – fantastic!

VOTING RESULTS

  1. Madi Cronic – 60.5 pts (8 1st-place votes)
  2. Carson Hobbs – 52 pts (6)
  3. Laney McGee – 33.5 pts
  4. Abby Mauldin – 18 pts (2)
  5. Lauren English – 15 pts
  6. Taylor Spivey – 13 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

It wasn’t automatic, but Cronic edged out Carson Hobbs, the 8-A POY.

HISTORY OF SOFTBALL POY

  • 2020 – Madi Cronic – Banks Co SR SS
  • 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

Cronic is the third consecutive Banks County player to win the award, and the first middle infielder since Paige Cook in 2016. It marks a fourth year in a row that the award goes to a senior.

WHO WILL WIN IT NEXT YEAR?

Carson Hobbs has to be the front-runner, as she earned 6 first-place votes this time around and will be back for her senior year in 2021. Laney McGee will be in the mix, as will Taylor Spivey. Others, notably from Commerce, Jefferson, and Habersham Central, have a good shot as well. And don’t count out Banks County. Players like Jacy Ayers are ready to step up and be that next great player.

POY Framed Print (11×17) – Madi Cronic 2020

POY Framed Print (11×17) – Madi Cronic 2020

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