STM catcher Bailey Hemphill was spotlighted in a USA Today feature highlighting high school softball players.
The feature, “60 for ’16,” highlights 60 members of the Class of 2016 whom they will be watching in the coming 12 months. The athletes were selected by the USA TODAY HSS staff.
Name: Bailey Hemphill
School: St. Thomas More (Lafayette, La.)
What we’ve seen: Hemphill was named to the American Family Insurance All-USA Second Team after a standout junior season for St. Thomas More, which was returning only two starters from 2014’s state championship team. She hit .489 despite being walked 49 times in 25 games. She also added nine home runs and posted a .758 on-base percentage.
In 2013, she hit an even-better .630 with 17 home runs, a season that indicated to opposing pitchers that they should probably avoid her. That season also ended with a state title for St. Thomas More.
She is a three-time All-District selections and also was named All-District in basketball.
She was named Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A Softball Player of the Year.
Hemphill is rated the No. 3 overall prospect in the class of 2016 by FloSoftball.com
Read the full profile here.