>>Updates on the other three 2013 Hancock County Softball Co-Players of the Year:
A former Eastern Hancock star, Blevins is off to a blazing start at Franklin College. The first-year is batting .404 and slugging .660 through 16 games. The catcher/first baseman also has a team-high six doubles to go along with two home runs and 12 runs batted in. Defensively, Blevins also leads the Grizzlies (10-6) with 98 putouts. In her collegiate debut March 1, Blevins went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs in Franklin’s 7-5 win over Clark University (Mass.).
Last spring with the Royals, Blevins batted .521 with eight home runs, 33 RBIs and a .957 slugging percentage. EH finished 24-7, picking up a sectional crown, its initial regional championship and a share of the Mid-Hoosier Conference title.
A four-year varsity player at New Palestine, Lehman has earned early playing time at the next stop of her softball career: Indiana University. Lehman has started all 30 games for the Hoosiers (8-21-1) this season. The infielder is tied for second on the team in at-bats (80) and has recorded just four strikeouts on the season. She’s also scored 10 runs.
As a senior with the Dragons, Lehman batted .500 with 35 runs scored, 14 stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .593. NP went 20-7.
A two-way standout in 2013 for Greenfield-Central, Whitaker has made an immediate impact at the plate and on the mound for St. Joseph’s in Rensselaer. Whitaker has started 16 of the Pumas’ 20 games and is batting .298 with a .340 on-base percentage. The freshman also ranks second on St. Joseph’s (8-12) in slugging percentage (.511) and runs batted in (11). On the mound, Whitaker has appeared in three games, striking out eight in nine and two-thirds innings.
Whitaker’s stats were impressive last year with the Cougars (18-12), as she batted .559 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs. While toeing the rubber, Whitaker went 13-6 with a 2.24 ERA, striking out 155.