• Bill Caine, Contributing Writer

Bethany Todd named Class 3A Player of The Year

BETHANY TODD was named Class 3A Player of the Year by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association. (Photo submitted)

Woodford County pitcher Bethany Todd, a University of Kentucky signee, was named Class 3A Player of the Year by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association. Todd was also First Team All-State, Sectional Player of The Year, Region 11 Most Valuable Player and 41st District Tournament MVP. The highly decorated senior finished her season with 18 wins, 272 strikeouts and a 0.87 earned run average. The numbers for Todd were eye-popping but more important was her leadership. The Lady Jackets had many contributions from underclassmen this season and the younger players fed off of the senior leadership. When the season ended in Owensboro, Bethany Todd and the Woodford squad knew they gave all they could give. Everything before, the long hours and extra workouts, the many miles traveled over the last decade of summers to sharpen her game, the drive to be the best, Todd had no other option but to leave it all out on the field. Playing since she was eight years old, Todd has spent her entire softball career with coach Les Anderson. "Coach makes the game a lot of fun and takes the pressure away with his leadership," said Todd. "He knows what I throw and knows me as a player. He makes being successful seem easy." Coach Anderson's guidance helped the Woodford County Lady Jackets reach the postseason this year in Owensboro at the state tournament. "Getting to play in the state tournament in my senior season was special because we had it as a goal from day one," Todd said. "Many of us have been playing softball together since we were eight and nine years old. I will miss the girls and being able to play for Les." Looking forward, Todd is preparing for her career at the University of Kentucky. She has started workouts for the team this summer and is also playing travel softball as well. "I've kept my goals simple for college softball," Todd said. "I just want to work hard, earn a spot and bring the very best out of myself." Todd continues to work on her game as her collegiate career approaches after her high school career.

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