Grisham earns Gatorade honor
Neshoba Central’s Tenly Grisham has been named Mississippi’s Gatorade Player of the Year for the 2022 fastpitch softball, by winning the award, Grisham is recognized as the best high school softball player in the state.
The Gatorade Co. has been honoring the nation’s best high school athletes for the past 37 years in their respective sports. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Grisham is now eligible to compete for the National Gatorade Player of the Year Award.
Grisham has played on five of Neshoba Central’s nine state championship teams. She has been the leadoff batter at Neshoba Central since she was in the seventh grade.
This past season, she started at third base until the start of the playoffs. She moved to shortstop during the Lady Rockets’ 2022 championship season.
Grisham finished the season with a .531 batting average. She had 51 hits including eight doubles, two triples and a home run. She had 23 RBIs and scored 55 runs.
Grisham is the third Lady Rocket to win the Gatorade award. Hailey Lunderman won it twice and Aspen Wesley won it four times.
Coach Zach Sanders said Grisham was very deserving of the honor.
“When Hailey Lunderman graduated and went to Ole Miss, the next year, Tenly started as the leadoff batter as a seventh grader,” Sanders said. “She has batted leadoff every game since. It is not very often you get a player like her in your program. She is a great player and a great leader, on and off the field. Anytime you say you want something done, she is wide open to get it done. She loves the game. Once she gets inside those gates, you couldn’t ask anymore from her.”