As dominant as Olathe East’s Allison Stewart has been, it’s hard to believe she has another high school softball season remaining.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
Yet Stewart was only a junior in the spring when she helped lead the Hawks to a second consecutive Kansas Class 6A state championship.
“She’s one of the best players we’ve ever had in the history of our program,” Olathe East coach Jeff Hulse said. “She’s a difference-maker for us in the circle, as a hitter, and just with her presence and work ethic on our team. She’s as good as anyone we’ve ever had.”
Stewart dominated with her pitching, posting a 13-1 record with a 0.39 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 901/3 innings. She allowed only 55 hits and two walks all season.
She also dominated at the plate, where she batted .487 with 12 doubles, two home runs and 42 RBIs.
For her efforts, Stewart repeated as the Sunflower League player of the year and the Gatorade Kansas softball player of the year.
“Back-to-back Gatorade player-of-the-year awards says a lot about her talent and abilities,” said Hulse, who has guided the Hawks to eight state titles since 1998. “We’ve never had anybody do that in our program.”
Now, Stewart can add to her resume a second straight All-Metro Kansas softball player of the year honor from The Star.
So what’s next for Stewart? Well, she’ll lace ‘em up next season and try to do it all over again.
“Our goals never change, so our goals again will be to win the Sunflower League, win the regional and be state champions,” Hulse said. “Whenever you’ve got somebody like an Allison Stewart coming back, you’ve got to like your chances.”
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