The Kentucky Softball team released its 2019 team captains on Saturday afternoon at the team’s annual alumni tailgate – naming the six players who have been program-elected leaders for the season. Seniors Jenny Schaper and Katie Reed were once again elected team captains, and will be joined by first-time captains Kelsee Henson, Sarah Rainwater, Autumn Humes and Abbey Cheek for 2019.
All five seniors – Cheek, Henson, Rainwater, Reed and Schaper were voted as captains with junior Humes joining the bunch.
Captains at a Glance
Abbey Cheek: Senior … Inman, S.C. … 3B/UTL … 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team … SEC Player of the Week (3/20/18) … 41 career home runs, second all-time at Kentucky.
Kelsee Henson: Senior … Paducah, Ky. … OF … Led the team in batting average this fall … Hit a three-run HR in her first weekend as a college player against New Mexico … UK’s top pinch runner in 2018.
Autumn Humes: Junior … Bald Knob, Ark. … P/UTL … Threw a no-hitter in her first-career start against North Dakota State … Three top-10 wins in the circle in 2018 (LSU, TAMU, Georgia) … Was the NCAA DII National Freshman of the Year with Harding University (Ark.) before transferring to UK.
Sarah Rainwater: Senior … Nicholasville, Ky. … OF … UK’s best defensive outfielder … Tore her ACL on March 30 of 2018 and missed the remainder of the season … First-career triple in 2018 vs. Ohio in the John Cropp Classic
Katie Reed: Senior … St. Louis, Mo. … SS … SEC All-First Team and NFCA All-American in 2017 … 2018 All-SEC Second Team … 2018 SEC All-Defensive Team (SS) … 4.0 GPA
Jenny Schaper: Senior … St. Louis, Mo. … C … Has been UK’s primary starting catcher since her freshman season … Hit a walk-off grand slam in the NCAA Lexington Regional opening round – it was her first-career grand slam as a Wildcat … Hit the game-winning HR over No. 5 UCLA in Westwood in the beginning of her sophomore season.
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