St. Mary’s Ryken senior Madison Aughinbaugh was named the 2016 Maryland Gatorade Softball Player of the Year on June 2.
“Madison was basically unhittable this season and shut down the top hitters on every team she faced,” Paul VI softball head coach E.J. Thomas in the press release. “She was able to work both sides of the plate and change speeds to keep them off-balance and increased her pitch speed over her junior year. Her ability to hit for power and lay down drag bunts made her very difficult to defend.”
The right-handed pitcher went 18-1 and posted a 0.45 ERA during the 2016 season. She helped the Knights to a 21-1, and a trip to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game against Bishop O’Connell. In 141.1 innings, Aughinbaugh recorded 241 strikeouts, while allowing 61 hits and 38 walks.
The Fordham University commit tallied 10 or more strikeouts in 17 games. Offensively, the two-time AllMet, and WCAC Player of the Year had a .416 batting average, .561 slugging percentage, 11 doubles, 14 runs batted in and 25 stolen bases.
Georgetown Visitation’s Sydney Love-Baker was honored as the Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia. The 5-foot-8 first baseman had a .645 batting average, belted 16 home runs and drove in 57 runs. She led Visitation to the Independent School League AA semifinals and the DCSAA championship game.