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The 2021 softball season produced another strong showing for the Prince Avenue Christian School program.

The Lady Wolverines finished among the top teams in their area. They hosted a first-round playoff game and advanced into the Sweet 16 round.

Though their season ended earlier than they would have liked, the Lady Wolverines turned in a strong performance in area play. That earned them several of this year’s Area 4 postseason awards.

Audrey Vandagriff was named the Class A-Private Area 4 player of the year.

Among the Lady Wolverines, Vandagriff finished tops in most offensive categories.

Vandagriff ranked first in batting average (.640), hits (57) and triples (eight). She also topped the team in home runs (seven), RBIs (36), runs scored (54), walks (27) and stolen bases (43).

Vandagriff also finished with seven doubles. While patrolling centerfield, Vandagriff committed zero errors, finishing with a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Madi Gillespie represented Prince Avenue Christian on the all-area first team.

When she wasn’t playing third base, Gillespie pitched 82 innings and had a 12-4 record. She only gave up 41 earned runs on 99 hits and 44 walks, good for an ERA of 3.49. She struck out 68 batters.

Gillespie batted .417 and had 10 doubles, six triples and 28 RBIs. She homered once and stole nine bases.

Taylor Thomas received a spot on the all-area second team.

Thomas hit .322 and notched 10 doubles, two triples and a home run. She had 33 RBIs, 35 runs scored and 15 walks. She stole 15 bases and committed just one fielding error during the season.

Three Lady Wolverines represented Prince Avenue Christian on the all-area honorable mentions list: Ella Osborne, Lauren MacDonald and Rachel Biggs.

Osborne batted .371 on the season with a .470 on base percentage and a 1.027 OPS. She had eight doubles and a triple to go with one home run. Osborne notched 17 RBIs, 17 runs scored and 10 walks.

MacDonald hit .333 and had a slugging percentage of .429. She drove in 31 runs, third-most on the team. MacDonald walked nine times and had 10 runs scored.

Biggs finished the season with a .310 batting average and a .402 on base percentage. She had three doubles and a triple, and she drove in 15 runs while scoring 22 runs herself.

Prince Avenue Christian beat Calvary Day School in the first round of the Class A-Private state playoffs, sweeping the series 8-0 and 10-1.

The Lady Wolverines traveled to Mount Vernon School in round two and dropped a competitive series, splitting the first two games and losing in a rubber match.

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