A talented and versatile softball player, Bailey Kelley saved her best season for last for the Logansport Berries.
And Kelley is the Pharos-Tribune’s 2014 Loganland Softball Player of the Year.
Kelley, a four-year starter for Logan, hit .433 with a home run and 11 doubles among her team-high 42 hits. She added 19 RBIs and 27 runs scored for the Berries, who went 19-9 this season.
She led Logan in both batting average and on-base percentage (.553). She was 6-for-6 in stolen bases.
Logansport coach Jim Bacon said Kelley could be counted on to hit the ball hard.
“She had more line drive outs than anybody. She could have easily had 10 more hits,” he said. “It didn’t matter if it was against a fast pitcher or a slow pitcher, she had a nice, easy swing and could adjust to any pitcher she faced.
“She’s talented. She makes it looks effortless and gets the job done.”
Kelley was the Berries’ starting catcher her first two years of high school. She was the shortstop last season. This season she mainly played first base but also caught some as well.
“She’s very versatile. She could play wherever we needed her to,” Bacon said.
Kelley has played softball since she was 8 years old for the Rockets, a travel softball team. She’s finishing up her softball career this summer for the Rockets.
“It really hasn’t hit me yet,” she said of her career coming to a close. She added she plans to attend college at Ivy Tech and then IUK.
During her four-year career the Berries were always close to winning a sectional title. They finished this season winning 15 of their last 17 games with the only losses coming to North Central Conference champion Huntington North and Miss Softball Erin Rethlake (Kentucky) and Class 4A, No. 2-ranked Harrison and IUPUI recruit Kaitlynn Moody in a sectional game.