BLITZ Softball Player of the Year Watch List

With the 2021 season approaching rapidly (softball gets the jump on all other sports), we take a look at the very elite list of Player of the Year candidates early on. This list is comprised of the standouts from last season who are back again this year. There are bound to be many newcomers as the season moves along who work themselves into the conversation.

  • Jacy Ayers – Banks Co JR P/OF #10 – .404 AVG, 2 HR, 7 2B, 2 3B, 2 BB, .398 OBP, .553 SLG; 11-7, 2.86 ERA, 102 K, 8-AA Pitcher of the Year
  • Bailey Barfield – Habersham Central JR 2B #3
  • Katelyn Boman – White Co
  • Kylee Brooks – Banks Co JR 2B #7 – .423 AVG, 2 HR, 5 2B, 6 BB, .448 OBP, .529 SLG, 1st Tm All-Region
  • Cree Cantrell – White Co JR 3B #21 – .412 AVG, 1 HR, 21 RBI, 17 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 10 BB, 1 SB, .538 OBP
  • Ansley Collins – Union Co – .458 AVG, 16 R, 13 SB, .490 OBP
  • Reagan Dunagan – White Co SR
  • Rylie Erickson – Dawson Co SR
  • Emmie Graham – Lumpkin Co SR P #10
  • Camoreena Hart – Jefferson SR P #38 – 6-3, 2.81 ERA, 63 K, 69.2 IP; 2nd Tm All-Region
  • Carson Hobbs – Commerce SR P/1B #00 – .426 AVG, 3 HR, 39 RBI, 24 R, 14 2B, 1 3B, 18 BB; 10-4, 1.93 ERA, 89 K; 8-A Player of the Year
  • Kaylie Holbrook – White Co
  • Alexus Humphries – Banks Co JR OF #2 – .388 AVG, 5 2B, 2 BB, .404 OBP, .466 SLG, 1st Tm All-Region
  • Ayahna Jenkins – Rabun Co SR 1B #10 – .367 AVG
  • Amma Johnson – Lumpkin Co SR SS #3
  • Birdie Jordan – Rabun Co SR 3B #27 – .390 AVG
  • Rylie Livingston – Towns Co SR
  • Danielle Loggins – Rabun Co SR CF/C/UTIL #3 – .411 AVG
  • Mary Lovell – Rabun Co JR OF #4 – .323 AVG
  • Olivia Martinez – Dawson Co SR
  • Laura Mauldin – Towns Co SO
  • Laney McGee – Stephens Co SR SS #2 – .443 AVG, 2 HR, 44 RBI, 20 2B, 1 3B, 28 R, 8 BB, 1 K, .479 OBP, .708 SLG, 8-AAA POY
  • Alissa Moss – Towns Co SR
  • Liana O’Kelly – White Co
  • Ravyn Saxon – Jefferson SR P #44 – 10-5, 1.83 ERA, 53 K, 80.1 IP; 2nd Tm All-Region
  • Lexi Sisum – Union Co – .286 AVG, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 5 2B, 3 3B
  • Shelby Speed – Banks Co JR C #24 – .408 AVG, 2 HR, 10 2B, 5 BB, .425 OBP, .563 SLG, 1st Tm All-Region
  • Taylor Spivey – Jefferson JR 1B/P #6 – .351 AVG, 1 HR, 21 RBI, 16 R, 10 2B, 1 3B, 2 SB, 3 BB, .400 OBP, .956 FLD; 3-0, 1.26 ERA, 34 K, 33.1 IP; 1st Tm All-Region
  • Anna Taylor – Commerce SR RF/CF #32 – .362 AVG, 2 HR, 25 RBI, 1 2B, 2 3B, 2nd Tm All-Region
  • Maleia Truelove – Jefferson JR 3B #5 – .349 AVG, 11 RBI, 18 R, 7 2B, 2 BB, 7 SB, .379 OBP, .864 FLD; 2nd Tm All-Region
  • Annika Vandiver – White Co
  • Hailey Wade – Habersham Central
  • Taylor Wade – Habersham Central SR C #18 – .519 AVG, 16 RBI, 31 SB, 5 XBH, 1 CS
  • Lilly Winn – Towns Co SR

Who’s the early favorite?

You have to start with the finalists from last year that are back in 2021. Carson Hobbs (Commerce), Laney McGee (Stephens), and Taylor Spivey (Jefferson) have to be the frontrunners right now. However, look for Jacy Ayers (Banks), Taylor Wade (Habersham Central), and someone like Birdie Jordan (Rabun) to make a big run at it.

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