Delani Sullivan, who turned more than half of her at-bats into base hits for Great Crossing, and Ada Little, who turned three no-hitters for Scott County, were named to the Kentucky Softball Coaches’ Association Class 3A All-State team .
Junior shortstop Sullivan was selected to the first team, while freshman power pitcher Little received an honorable mention.
Sullivan led the Warhawks in most offensive categories, including average (.527), at-bats (112), runs (48), hits (59), doubles (15), triples (7), and stolen bases (36). . She was only kicked out twice in the latter department.
A slap-style hitter who didn’t hit a home run as a sophomore, Sullivan expanded that aspect of her game and hit four from the park this season, trailing only teammates Camryn Lookadoo and Michalee Clay (five each) in that column .
She also struck just nine times a season, by far the fewest of any player in Great Crossing’s season-long starting roster.
Along with Lookadoo, who shares the left side of the infield at third base, Sullivan has already announced her collegiate stint at the University of Kentucky.
Little picked up where she left off as an 8th grader for Scott County and started nearly every game in the county again. She buttoned up a detail she missed with last spring’s three no-hitters, including a perfect game in Mercer County. Little also met two district opponents: Frederick Douglass during the regular season and Bryan Station in the 42nd district championship.
In another top performance, Little scored a 4-0 shutout against Lexington Catholic, the team that eventually eliminated SC from the playoffs and made it to the KHSAA championship game.
For the season, Little recorded 183 2/3 innings while starting 28 of the cards’ 33 contests. She racked up 248 strikeouts against just 78 walks and held opponents to 108 hits. Little lowered her ERA to 1.22 from 2.30 a year ago.
Little also led Scott County to the top with a .434 average to go along with a home run and 17 RBI.
Her seven doubles equaled a team-high and she registered the Cardinals’ only treble of the season. She recorded 17 walks and hit only six times.
While setting up a shutout at Bryan Station during the regular season, Little went 4-for-4 in a 9-0 win.
Both local teams also had numerous players recognized in the state’s all-academic team. The award is limited to juniors and seniors and is based on the cumulative grade point average in the fall semester.
Great Crossing’s Michalee Clay, Riley McCallister, Brooke Miller, Layne Ogle, Destiney Reed, Delani Sullivan and Bianca Ward all earned first-team status with a weighted GPA of 3.75 or higher.
Camryn Lookadoo received an honorable mention with a weighted GPA between 3.25 and 3.49.
Scott County’s Kenley Ison, Delaney Vaughn, Nevaeh Grimes and Jenna McMillan were all first-team academics. Ellie Price (3.5-3.74 GPA) was the second team, and Kayleigh Bell earned an honorable mention.
The all-state teams were as follows:
First Team: Brooke Gray, Ballard; Ally Hutchins, McCracken County; Kaytlan Kemp, Henderson County; Delani Sullivan, Great Crossing; Emory Donaldson, Ballard; Ariel Fox, McCracken County; McLaine Hudson, South Warren; Raylee Roby, County Daviess; Jessie Daniels, County Daviess; Shelby Lewis, Anderson County; Millie Roberts, Daviess County.
Second team: Josilyn Morrison, Greenwood, Madison “Pickle” Winkler, Christian County; Kayden Murray, Greenwood; Kaileigh Franklin-Brooks, Lafayette; Katie Murphy, Barren County; Hallie Conley, County Montgomery; Charley Pursley, Marshall County; Taylor Troutman, Henderson County; Emily Sizemore, North Laurel; Rylee Webb, Meade County.
Honorable Mention: Trinity Bridges, Lafayette; Ada Little, Scott County; Reaghan Oney, County Montgomery; Kayley Bettsm Oldham County; Brianna Knochelman, Grant County; Dylan Scott, Cooper; Sara Zink, County Montgomery; Izzy Story, McCracken County; Bri Patsel, Dixie Heights.
First Team: Abby Hammond, Catholic from Lexington; Emily Cole, Lewis County; Emma Winkle, County Estill; Emma Markham, Warren East; Kayleigh White, Boyle County; Summer Ray, Boyle County; Port Ford, Rowan County; Jacie Goad, Boyd County; Kailey Dixon, Perry County Central; Chloe Hannah, Pike County Central; Taytum Peaks, Elizabethtown; Bella Persinger, Harrison County.
Second Team: Kayley Bruener, Pendleton County; Kara Hines, Harrison County; Anna Greenwell, Highland; Kayla Sullivan, Lewis County; Madison Hymer, Warren East; Alex Blanton, Boyd County; Emma Sullivan, Marion County; Hadley Borders, Allen County-Scottsville; Grace Adams, Henry County; Danni Foley, Corbin; Lauren Farmer, County Estill; Lydia Jones, Warren East; Morgan Tabor, Breckinridge County; Sara Bays, Boyd County.
Honorable Mention: Rylee Warner, Franklin County; Haylie Brasel, Warren East; Kim Hughes, Perry County Central; Stephany Tussey, East Carter; Kennedy Baioni, Highland; Ally Utley, Franklin-Simpson; Courtney Sandy, Boyle County; Kaila Stidham, Corbin; Savannah White, Harrison County; Macie Howes, Louisville Christian Academy.
First team: Tanlee Hudgins, Green County; Calista Collins, district of Lyon; Emily Ford, Pikeville; A’Miyah Collier, Russellville; Bailey Hamilton, Catholic of Owensboro; Lily Roberts, Hancock County; Kirsten Vice, County Bath; Riley Wilkins, Holy Cross; Emma Ginn, Trimble County; Jillian Jeffries, Holy Cross; Camille Conkright, Catholic of Owensboro.
Second team: Ashlee Rogers, Bath County; BreAnna Tincher, Jackson City; Brooke Hamilton, Catholic in Owensboro; Catlin Pennington, Breathitt County; Brooke Shewmaker, Bishop Brossart; Ella Johnson, Bracken County; Ella Staples, Hancock County; Anniston Bray, model; Jaxklyn Trains, Russellville.
Honorable Mention: Allie Burriss, Green County; Davanna Grubb, Raceland; Rancey Skaggs, County Hickman; Kaitlyn Cissell, Bethlehem; Kelcie Adams, Pikeville; Diamond Wills, Bath County; Mattie Streble, Holy Cross; Tatum Caulk, Green County; Grace Rogers, Menifee County; Kali Vance, Rennland; Lilli Grant, Catholic in Owensboro; Morgan Gambrell, Holy Cross.