Curry’s Ashlee Swindle named National Softball Player of the Year

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Adding to her list of awards this season, Ashlee Swindle has now been named not only the best player in the state, but also the best player in America.

The senior pitcher was named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA softball team, and then selected as the best player in the entire country.

Swindle led Curry to back to back state titles in Class 4A, and also won MVP honors in the 4A tournament after posting shutouts in the semifinal and championship. Curry finished #15 in USA Today’s Super 25 national rankings and #6 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national rankings.

Swindle finished 45-2 with a 0.59 ERA and 385 strikeouts in 262.2 innings of work. She held opponents to a .132 batting average. She also passed 1,000 strikeouts in her career in the state tournament this season.

She also hit .557 with 13 home runs and 86 RBI.

Swindle has signed with Auburn, along with fellow Curry teammate Justus Perry. Both could have a huge impact on the national runner-up Tigers next season.

While Ashlee Swindle was the only First-Team ALL-USA player from the state, Spain Park shortstop Mary Katherine Tedder was named to the ALL-USA Softball Second Team. Tedder finished with 20 home runs and 70 RBI with 56 runs scored while leading the Jaguars to the 7A state finals where they fell to Sparkman. Tedder is only a Junior, so she could be in the running for player of the year next year to keep the award in state.