By THE NEWNAN TIMES-HERALD
Thousands of young women play high school softball every year, but few achieve the success enjoyed by former East Coweta Lady Indian Kelley Lynch.
In the latest long list of awards and achievements garnered by Lynch, Softball America has named her the No. 1 recruit in America.
No surprise there.
Last spring, Lynch ended a length recruiting battle when she signed her letter of intent with the University of Washington.
Lynch capped off an amazing career last fall when she led East Coweta to its second straight Class 7-A state title.
From the pitching circle, she finished her senior year with a 17-0 record and a 0.27 ERA. She gave up just 18 hits, walked 13 batters and struck out 236 batters.
She was also a force at the plate, batting .436.
Early summer Lynch, who will travel out west to play college softball at powerhouse the University of Washington, was named the National Gatorade Player of the Year.
“This is definitely the biggest award I have ever received,”Lynch said after receiving the award.
Lynch has stayed busy this summer playing alongside former Northgate standout and current University of Florida Gator Charla Echols as a member of the 19-and-under USA squad.
The team has spent the week in Columbus Georgia playing in the International Cup.
The USA squad warmed up for the week-long tournament at the South Commons softball complex with a trip to Europe.
Lynch, Echols and their teammates opened the tournament with four victories, beating
Peru, Chinese-Taipei, Phillippines, and China before dropping three of their last four games.
During the tournament, Lynch has played both first base and pitched.
Against Peru, she struck out 10.
Echols has had the hot hand offensively during the tournament, getting hits in just about every game, including homering in the team’s 2-1 victory over the Scrap Yards squad.
The USA squad was scheduled to play Puerto Rico Saturday at 6:30.
Details from the game were not available at deadline.
That game will feature three players with ties to Coweta County.
In addition to Lynch and Echols, former East Coweta and LSU standout Shemia Sanchez is on the Puerto Rico roster.
Sanchez just completed her stellar career at LSU where she finished her senior season with some potent offense for the Tigers.
The former East Coweta Lady Indian finished her college career with a .290 average, 17 homers and 46 RBIs.