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A league of her own

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Shelbyville sophomore Addisenn Weaver has been named The Shelbyville News' Softball Player of the Year.
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Shelbyville sophomore Addisenn Weaver has been named The Shelbyville News' Softball Player of the Year.
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Shelbyville shortstop Addisenn Weaver throws a runner out at first base this past season.

By PATRICK MURPHY - For The Shelbyville News

Midway through the Golden Bears' softball season, senior Kaylee Kingston was feeling the stress of being the only captain. Shelbyville head coach Mark Hensley needed someone else to help lead the team.

When the season began, Hensley had named Kingston captain, a position usually held by upperclassmen. But due to Kingston being the only senior, Hensley needed someone to step up. Insert Addisenn Weaver. 

“I said, ‘I know on paper she is just a sophomore, but she’s playing like an upperclassman. She’s leading the team like an upperclassman,’” Hensley said. “I’m glad we did it, because we needed it to happen. It’s hard to be the one (player) coach puts in charge. We have never had that.”

Weaver wasn’t expecting to be named captain. She didn’t know how the “upperclassmen would react to it,” because she was still a sophomore. But through her leadership, Weaver tried to implement what last season’s seniors accomplished with the team.

“They (seniors last season) set a good example for teaching leadership and how to be a good teammate,” Weaver said of 2018 seniors Katie Lux and TeAnn Bringle. “They put things in a way where they could be mean to you but not in a way that it would make you mad. They also helped us bond as a team by planning lunches and dinners throughout the season.”

On the field, Weaver was electric. She was second on the team with nine stolen bases in nine attempts. Along with her perfect stealing percentage, Weaver collected 49 hits and finished with 45 RBIs. Throughout the season, Weaver had only two strikeouts, one in the first game and one in the last. Her batting average (.551) and RBI total led the Hoosier Heritage Conference as the sophomore was named All-HHC. Weaver also finished with 30 runs scored, 14 doubles, two triples and five home runs, reaching base nearly 60 percent of the time. 

Simply put, Hensley said Weaver is a “hitting machine.”

“She’s not just one of the best hitters that has come through Shelbyville, she is one of the best hitters in the state of Indiana,” Hensley said of Weaver, who was also named second team all-state. “She can flat out hit. Her swing is about as good as I have ever seen.”

For both her leadership and production on the field, Weaver has been named The Shelbyville News’ Softball Player of the Year.

As good as Weaver was at batting and leading the team this past season, what surprised Hensley the most was her fielding ability at shortstop. 

Weaver’s natural position is at catcher, a position she plays on her summer softball team, the Beverly Bandits. Hensley played her at shortstop, he said, because "she was our best option.” 

“Most college teams don’t know she can play middle infield. Most are looking for her to play catcher or third base,” Hensley said. “Her shortstop play, defensively, was phenomenal. Everyone knows that she can swing it. It was her defense that won us a couple of games. I think that’s what I was most proud of."

Patrick Murphy is a Sports correspondent for The Shelbyville News. Follow Patrick on Twitter @PMURPH505.