This week, Gatorade announced the winners of the 2017-18 Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year and Softball Factory is proud to announce that six former athletes were recognized for their achievements on and off the field.
Since 1985, the Gatorade Player of the Year award has been established to recognize and celebrate the nation’s top high school athletes for their talents in athletic achievement, academic excellence and exemplary character. Now in its third decade, the Gatorade Player of the Year award has become one of the most prestigious accolades in high school sports. Former Softball Factory alumnae who have been named Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year include Bubba Nickles (2015-16) and Rachel Garcia (2014-15).
We congratulate each state’s winners this year and especially to our Softball Factory family who have received this honor.
The six Softball Factory athletes are:
Kaylin Kinney | Kennedy HS | Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The junior right-handed pitcher and first baseman helped lead her Cougars squad to a 33-6 record and the regional semifinals this season. On the mound, she went 15-3 with an ERA of 0.50, striking out 133 hitters. She also hit .563 with 13 homers and 41 RBI. Kinney was a First Team All-State selection and helps locally in a soup kitchen and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Kaylin attended a Softball Factory National Evaluation and Tryout event this past February in Monticello, IA.
Lauren Esman | Gull Lake HS | Richland, Michigan
Esman, a left-handed pitcher, outfielder and first baseman led the Blue Devils to a 30-5-1 record and she was completely dominant on the mound, going 20-0, 0.45 ERA and an eye-popping 278 strikeouts, entering the district postseason. The senior hit .523 with 11 home runs, 37 RBI and a 1.058 slugging percentage through 36 games. She is ranked as the nation’s No. 66 recruit in the Class of 2019 by Softball America.
Esman attended the USA Softball JO Cup Workout with Softball Factory in July of 2018.
Logan Gronberg | Bismarck HS | Bismarck, North Dakota
Gronberg, a right-handed pitcher/corner infielder hit .670 with 15 homers, 67 RBI, 38 runs scored with a 1.289 slugging percentage for the 26-3 Demons this season. She had a 12-2 record with 101 strikeouts in 82 2/3 innings pitched.
In August 2017, Gronberg attended the USA Softball AA Camp in Oklahoma City, OK.
Macy McAdoo | Tuttle HS | Tuttle, Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma signee performed well at the 2018 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament and had previously attended a Softball Factory National Evaluation and Tryout in Oklahoma City, OK back in October of 2017.
This season, she helped lead the Tigers to a 35-1 record and the Class 4A state championship. Macy went 24-0 with a 1.00 ERA, fanning 228 hitters in 126 innings pitched.
McAdoo has volunteered locally feeding the homeless, assisting with tornado relief efforts and coaching youth softball players.
Bailey Betenbaugh | Union County HS | Union, South Carolina
Betenbaugh, a senior right-handed pitcher and first baseman led the Yellow Jackets to a 23-5 record and the Class 3A state finals this past season. This is the second Gatorade Softball State Player of the Year award for Bailey, winning it during her sophomore season as well. She went 21-4 in the circle with a 0.64 ERA and struck out 225 batters in 152.1 innings pitched. With the bat, she hit .481 with 12 homers and 38 RBI.
The accolades continue for Betenbaugh, who is a four-time Region Player of the Year and is a devoted member of her youth church group. She is a signee to play softball at the University of South Carolina this Fall.
She attended a Softball Factory National Tryout in Columbia, SC back in April of 2015.
Bailey Misken | West Springfield HS | Springfield, Virginia
Misken, a senior right-handed pitcher, helped lead the Spartans to a 22-1 record and an appearance in the Class 6, Region C tournament semifinals at the time of her selection.
Her stellar 22-1 record with a 0.35 ERA through 23 games, also included 214 strikeouts and just 12 walks in 139 2/3 innings pitched. She recorded 11 shutouts, including four no-hitters and a perfect game going into their regional final four.
Misken has volunteered locally at an assisted living facility, and worked as a youth baseball coach and youth softball umpire.
Misken participated in the 2016 Under Armour Softball Factory Eastern Classic with her team.