Prince Avenue Christian School’s softball team racked up the postseason honors in 2020.
The Lady Wolverines achieved a large amount of on-field success.
They finished strong during the regular season and won the area championship. Then, once the Class A-Private state playoffs began, they caught fire and mowed down a handful of talented teams.
Prince Avenue advanced all the way to the Final Four round, which was contested in Columbus.
The Lady Wolverines’ season ended there, but their success led to numerous postseason awards.
Seven of Prince Avenue Christian’s players received spots on the Area 4 all-area team, including on the first team, second team and honorable mentions list.
Those players were Kam Caldwell, Madi Gillespie, Audrey Vandagriff, Karlee Armstrong, Tori Cameron, Matti Griffeth and Lauren MacDonald.
Soon after those awards were announced, a trio of Lady Wolverines received further recognition.
They were named to this year’s all-state team.
Prince Avenue Christian’s representatives on the all-state team were Vandagriff on the first team, Griffeth on the second team and Gillespie on the second team, marking the second-straight year Gillespie earned an all-state distinction.
Vandagriff had a .486 batting average with 15 doubles, five home runs and a team-high 40 RBIs. She also had five triples, 19 stolen bases and 47 runs scored.
“Her ability to cover ground in the outfield is unparalleled in the state,” Prince Avenue head coach Donnie Byrom said about Vandagriff. “I've never coached anyone that covered the kind of ground she covers.”
Gillespie delivered a two-pronged attack for the Lady Wolverines.
She was the primary starter in the pitcher’s circle and effectively kept her opponents off-balance. Gillespie also excelled at the plate, delivering in several clutch situations throughout the season.
Gillespie pitched 180 innings. She racked up 20 victories with 115 strikeouts. Gillespie batted .378 with 10 doubles, three homers, 25 runs batted in and 11 steals.
Griffeth was also a two-way player who exelled in both spots.
She was the team’s regular catcher whose quick twitch held opposing base runners in check. When she was not pitching, Griffeth, like Gillespie, worked in the circle.
“She's gotten more compliments from umpires about her ability to frame and how she carries herself behind the plate than I can remember a catcher getting,” Byrom said about Griffeth.
The Lady Wolverines finished the 2020 campaign with a 25-11 record.