LeCompte, Hedges are softball standouts

Legend, ThunderRidge athletes chosen as pitcher, player of year

Posted 12/10/18

Amanda Hedges was the hitting leader and Zoey LeCompte handled the pitching. Those two players were the standouts and two of the best players in the south metro area during the softball season. …

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LeCompte, Hedges are softball standouts

Legend, ThunderRidge athletes chosen as pitcher, player of year

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Amanda Hedges was the hitting leader and Zoey LeCompte handled the pitching.

Those two players were the standouts and two of the best players in the south metro area during the softball season.

Hedges, a ThunderRidge senior shortstop, was named the 2018 Colorado Community Media South Metro Player of the Year and LeCompte, a Legend senior, was selected as the Pitcher of the Year.

In 25 games this season Hedges led the Continental League in all seven offensive categories. She hit .598 with nine home runs, a 1.268 slugging percentage, 47 runs batted in, 45 runs scored, .646 on-base percentage and 21 stolen bases.

Hedges, who has signed to play softball at Northern Colorado, was the league's Player of the Year and finished with a ThunderRidge career best of 12 home runs.

“I'm very happy with the season,” said Hedges. “I'm overall happy with the season and the way I played. The batting average was the statistic that meant the most to me because I was hitting over .600 but finished the season at .598 which is the highest I've ever hit.

“I really worked hard on my swing this season and it showed how much it paid off. I basically changed the mechanics of my swing. My dad is my hitting coach and he had me change my stance and how I held the bat.”

LeCompte pitched 115 innings in 26 games during the season and had a 3.96 earned-run average with 68 strikeouts and finished with a 17-4 record.

She was clutch late in the season in leading the Titans to the 5A state championship. She was 9-0 in the Continental League, 2-0 in the regionals and 4-0 in the state tournament.

“She might not have had the lowest ERA but she kept us in games,” said Legend coach Kristian Shirk. “She was the backbone of our team. “

LeCompte has signed to play softball at Memphis but will probably always remember the second half on the softball season when the Titans rallied from a slow start to win 17 straight games and the state title.

“I am happy because at the beginning of the season I struggled a little bit and definitely had to work extra hard in practice,” said LeCompte. “I had to reflect pretty harshly on myself after games and on my performance to make sure that I was doing the best I could for my team.

“Being a leader and a pitcher, you are thinking: `This is my team, I have to carry them,' and that was difficult to think about when you are trying everything you can. It just took some time. I am proud of myself for maintaining a cool head in tough situations and I'm happy to have my teammates there to help me through. I am a very emotional player and sometimes that can get to me but my teammates helped calm me down.

“I will always remember those final games with it being my senior year and the most important games I've ever played. It was the best time in my life to be able to get to play softball with friends from school during my senior year.”

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