After posting season statistics that Olathe Northwest High School softball coach Mark Mahoney could only describe as “Playstation numbers,” the Ravens’ Reagan Hathaway received the news that she was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s catcher of the year.
Hathaway, who was already an NFCA All-America first-team selection, batted .759 with 11 doubles and six home runs for Northwest, which finished fourth at the Kansas Class 6A state tournament with an 18-4 record. That added to the long list of honors for Hathaway, the Sunflower League player of the year who just completed her junior season.
Add one more award for Hathaway, who is bound for University of Texas. She is The Star’s All-Metro Kansas softball player of the year.
“What made her so special is that she didn’t try to get home runs,” Mahoney said. “Even if they walked her, she was just on base to help the team score.”
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Hathaway notched 36 RBIs and 33 runs scored, with 41 hits and 22 walks in 22 games. She also made her mark on defense, recording 81 putouts and 10 assists, with just one error.
Hathaway also took on an increased leadership role, helping the Ravens’ six freshmen starters adjust to the program and organizing team meals.
Mahoney: “She really enjoys the program we have and is a big part of it.”
The Star’s All-Metro Kansas softball team
Allison Stewart, Olathe East, senior. A three-time Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, Stewart led the Hawks to a runner-up finish in Class 6A. She finished with a 0.82 ERA and 156 strikeouts and just 10 walks.
Lexie Storrer, Olathe South, sophomore. While leading the Falcons to a third-place finish in Class 6A, Storrer went 17-2 with a 0.79 ERA and 120 strikeouts. Offensively, she had a .373 batting average with 23 RBIs.
Reagan Hathaway, Olathe Northwest, junior. The Sunflower League Player of the Year batted .759 with 41 hits and 36 RBIs this season. She also had 11 doubles and six home runs for the Ravens, who advanced to the state semifinals.
Maddie Abbs, Olathe North, senior. Abbs batted .452 for the Eagles, with a 1.600 slugging percentage. She also had 27 RBIs and with seven doubles.
Kelsey Wright, Olathe Northwest, senior. The Drake signee batted .544 with 41 hits, including three doubles and seven triples. She also drove in 13 RBIs for the Ravens, who finished fourth in Class 6A.
Casey Campbell, St. Thomas Aquinas, junior. She’s the Saints’ new RBI single season record holder, finishing with 41 runs batted in with 23 coming with two outs while batting .571 overall and .562 with runners in scoring position. She had 40 hits and 24 runs for the Saints.
Konner Patterson, McLouth, senior. The All-Metro first-team repeat selection finished her high school career with her fourth Class 2-1A all-state selection. She hit .796 with 26 RBIs, while also drawing 22 walks.
Emily Bermel, Lawrence Free State, junior. The University of Kansas commit batted .643 with 47 hits, eight doubles and 14 RBIs for the Firebirds. She also had eight stolen bases.
McKenna Davis, Olathe East, senior. Davis led the Hawks with a .548 batting average and .563 on-base percentage. She had 46 hits and was 13-for-13 in stolen bases in 25 games.
Erin McGinley, Shawnee Mission East, senior. She batted .533 with 40 hits, which included five doubles, six triples and four home runs. She also had 19 RBIs. She will join her sister, Shannon, next season on the Kansas softball squad.
Hayley McGhee, Olathe East, freshman. McGhee, the Sunflower League and Class 6A all-state utility player of the year, went 7-0 with a 1.36 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings pitched. She also played designated hitter and first base, batting .434 with 33 hits and 30 RBIs.
The Kansas City Star's All-Metro selections were made by members of the high school sports staff, who consulted coaches ballots. An athlete must participate in at least 60 percent of the competition for which the athlete has qualified to be eligible for first-team selection. Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, The Star only makes first-team selections in all sports except football, basketball and track and field. The Missouri softball season is played in the fall.