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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Sarah Gandy, Avery Elkins named dual MVPs

  • All-District 2-2A Softball Team
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  • Led by co-Most Valuable Players Sarah Gandy and Avery Elkins, the Sterlington Lady Panthers claimed 10 slots on the All-District 2-2A softball team.
    A six-year starter and six-time All-District selection, Gandy has won or shared the MVP award for the past four seasons. She won the honor outright in 2010 and was co-MVP with teammates Cassidy Edwards (2011) and Caitlin Dupree (2010).
    A senior pitcher/shortstop, Gandy is listed as an infielder on this year's team. Batting from the leadoff post, Gandy led the team in batting average (.511), on base percentage (.539), slugging (.767), hits (46), total bases (69), home runs (3), doubles (12), runs scored (39) and stolen bases (27 in 28 attempts). In 95 plate appearances, she struck out only twice, while driving in 18 runs.
    Batting behind Gandy in the No. 2 slot, Elkins, a junior center fielder, enjoyed a breakout season. Her season stat line includes a .481 batting average, a .500 on base percentage, a .727 slugging percentage, a team-high six triples, seven doubles, 18 RBI, 56 total bases, 27 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 17 tries.
    Senior third baseman and Bossier Parish Community College signee Cassidy Brady, junior shortstop/pitcher Taylor Wilson and junior first baseman Amber Knight round out the Lady Panthers' infield honorees.
    Leading the team with 26 RBI, Brady finished the campaign with a .487 batting average, a .529 on base percentage and a .679 slugging percentage. She knocked two home runs and nine doubles en route to generating 53 total bases.
    Wilson turned in a .482 batting average, a .533 on base mark and a .627 slugging percentage, with a home run, nine doubles and 25 runs driven in.
    Junior Alex McMorris, who began the season at second base before moving behind the plate, is listed on the team as a utility player. Hitting at a .288 clip, McMorris compiled a .300 on base percentage, with a home run, six doubles and 14 RBI, while going 9-for-11 in the stolen base department.
    Joining Elkins in the All-District outfield are juniors Abi Taylor and Chelbi Johnson and senior Mallory Forbes.
    Johnson produced a .322 batting average with a .420 on base percentage, while leading the team in sacrifice hits (5) and hit by pitches (5).
    Rounding out Sterlington's All-District selections is freshman designated hitter Caroline Cooley.
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