Daniel named National Softball Pitcher of the Week

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

Only one year removed from her high school career, a former Henry County standout athlete is now dominating on the mound at the collegiate level.

Kathleen Daniel, a former Henry County student, has been named Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week five times in a row. Special photo

Kathleen Daniel was named National Softball Pitcher of the Week for March 13-19 by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for her performance as a member of the Brenau University squad. The NAIA includes more than 250 schools in 21 conferences across the United States.

The righthander, a graduate of Locust Grove High School, pitched 28 innings during the week in question with 36 strikeouts, four walks and only two runs allowed. For her efforts she picked up four wins, including a no-hitter and a complete-game one-hit shutout in a doubleheader against Coastal Georgia.

On the season she has a 22-2 record with a 0.36 ERA. She leads the NAIA in wins, strikeouts (333) and hits allowed per game (2.00).

Brenau was ranked eighth nationally before last Friday’s scheduled doubleheader against Bethel (Tenn.) University with a 29-5 overall record and an 8-0 mark in the Southern States Athletic Conference. Going into last week’s games Daniel had been named SSAC Pitcher of the Week five times in a row.

Daniel was a four-year member of the Locust Grove varsity softball team, which has reached the state playoffs seven years in a row. She missed her entire junior year due to a knee injury but came back for her senior season and was first-team All-Region as well as second-team All-State, racking up 15 wins with 217 strikeouts in 139 innings.

“She had an incredible work ethic and loved playing softball,” said LGHS head softball coach Chris Davis. “I’m not at all surprised that she is enjoying the success that she is enjoying at Brenau.”