Kenzie Young has won many awards as a member of the Butler softball time, Her most recent accolade came at the 2018 Greater Wichita Sport Commission awards banquet on Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.
Young was was named Female Junior College Athlete of the Year, marking the third straight year a Butler softball player has won the award.
Young was dominant all season, before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the final game of the regular season.
“I learned a lot this year, even though it was really hard,” said Young in her acceptance speech.
“The last two years at Butler has been incredible… We really are blessed with the best coaching staff there is.”
This season, Young became just the third player in Butler history to earn All-American honors in both of her seasons as a Grizzly, joining Regan Mergele and Brynn Minor, who did so in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Young led the Grizzlies in five offensive categories – batting average (.488), on-base percentage (.572), runs scored (68), triples (7) and stolen bases (37) – while hitting 14 home runs and driving in 60 runs. Young also finished third on the team in hits (61) and walks (23) in just 46 games, as she suffered a season-ending injury in the final conference game of the year.
Young had a 25-game hitting streak with a .539 average (41-of-76), 12 homers, 47 RBI, six doubles, five triples and scored 40 runs. Playing center field, Young hit safely in 33 of her last 34 games before her injury in the regular season finale against Seward County. She earned KJCCC Division I Player of the Week twice this season.
An All-KJCCC first-team outfield selection in both seasons at Butler, Young finishes as the Grizzlies' career leader in triples (13) and runs (158) while ranking in the top 10 in home runs (22, 10th), RBI (131, 4th), hits (9th) and batting average (.468, 3rd) and stolen bases (63, 5th). On the Butler single-season leaderboard, Young finished this season third in triples, fourth in batting average and seventh in both runs scored and stolen bases. Young set the school record for most runs scored in a season with 90 runs last year during Butler's national title run.
Next season, Young will continue her softball career at the University of Mississippi.