Witt Jr., Lynch win national prep athletes of year

10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Tuesday, July 09 2019 Jul 9, 2019 July 09, 2019 10:39 PM July 09, 2019 in Sports - AP - Texas

AP Sports Writer

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) - Shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., son of former major league pitcher Bobby Witt, and softball pitcher Kelley Lynch have been honored as national prep athletes of the year.

They received their trophies on Tuesday night.

Witt Jr., of Colleyville, Texas, was the No. 2 overall pick by the Kansas City Royals. He batted .482 with 15 doubles, nine triples and 15 home runs, compiling 55 RBIs - 28 of which came with two outs. He led Colleyville Heritage High to a 39-3 record and the Texas Class 5A state title.

Lynch, of Sharpsburg, Georgia, is the first softball player to win national athlete of the year honors in the program sponsored by Gatorade.

She led East Coweta High to a 32-2 record and the program's second straight Class 7A state title last season. She was 17-0 with a 0.27 ERA along with a .436 batting average.

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