At the beginning of SEB’s softball season, the Lady Yellow Jackets saw that they would be one of the youngest teams in the region.
Hannah Denmark — one of just two seniors on the squad — helped the Jackets grow up in a hurry, joining with fellow senior captain Ansley Rushing to lead SEB to a fourth place region finish and into the first round of the GHSA state playoffs.
“Hannah and Ansley were two of our most valuable players,” said SEB coach Aimee Civalier. “They set a great example for our younger girls. There’s no telling where we would have been without them.”
At the plate, Denmark was the Jackets’ biggest threat and one of the most feared bats in the region. She lead SEB in batting average (.429), RBIs (29) and total hits (41) while racking up 17 steals, 24 runs scored and compiling a 22 game hitting streak that spanned most of the season.
“When Hannah first got here, she was pretty shy,” said Civalier. “She’s still pretty quiet, but leads by example and really turned herself into a great all-around player. We’ll definitely miss her.”
The All-Region 3-AA team is due to come out next week, where Denmark figures to contend for a well-deserved spot.