Lunderman, Jones earn top state softball honors
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 1:00 AM
With state championships often come a variety of post-season honors, and area fast-pitch softball teams have certainly earned their share this year.
Hailey Lunderman rounds third and goes home under the direction of Lady Rockets coach Trae Embry last month during the state championship game. Lunderman was named 2013 Miss Softball for Mississippi by The Clarion-Ledger.
Neshoba Central's Hailey Lunderman was named 2013 Miss Softball for Mississippi by The Clarion-Ledger.
Meanwhile, Doug Jones, who coached Leake Academy to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA state championship, was named state Coach of the Year by The Clarion-Ledger. And, Leake Academy pitcher Hannah Moore was named to the All-State first team.
Lunderman, who started at short-stop and batted .504 for the season, helped to lead the Neshoba Central Lady Rockets to the fast-pitch and slow-pitch state championship this past school year.
"It was a great honor and I'm very excited about it," said Lunderman. "We worked hard to win the state championship and took it one game at a time."
Neshoba Central Trae Embry praised Lunderman for her accomplishment.
"This is a high honor," Embry said. "She has God-given ability, but she is a hard worker and loves to play the game.
"She makes hard plays look so easy. We see it every day in practice. She's a good kid and a good student."
Lunderman is spending her summer in California playing softball.
Jones has posted a 126-7 record and three state championships during his four seasons at Leake Academy. His teams put together an 85-game winning streak which was the fourth longest in the nation in fast-pitch softball. He said he was honored by the recognition but gave the credit to his players.
"When you have an outstanding pitcher and play tough defense behind her, you usually do well," Jones said. "We had a great season. Now we are looking to get started back about the week before the Fair."
Moore has signed to play college softball at The University of Southern Mississippi.