AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference has named Capital's LeAnna Cotton the 2015 Gayle Lauth OAC Player of the Year to cap off her record-breaking senior season.
The senior outfielder from Okeechobee, Fla. set multiple career highs and broke program and conference records while guiding the Crusaders to an overall record of 28-14, 14-4 OAC mark and the number-two seed in the 2015 OAC Softball Tournament.
Her career highs include 133 at-bats, 72 runs batted in, 61 hits, 34 runs, 10 home runs, and a new school record 17 doubles. She posted a .459 batting average, also a career high.
Cotton's presence was also felt on the defensive side, playing left field. She finished with a .960 fielding percentage and 48 putouts.
Cotton elevated her play against OAC opponents as she led the Crusaders to 14 conference victories, batting .526 (30-of-57) with 12 runs. She also hit a league-leading 12 doubles, four homeruns and 38 RBIs.
The Crusaders put together an eight-game winning streak midway through the season. During the streak, Cotton had six multiple-RBI games, highlighted by a six-RBI performance in a 13-0 victory against crosstown rival Otterbein.
The three-time OAC Hitter of the Week finished the year with 72 RBIs on her way to shattering the previous school record of 53. That number also sets a new OAC record that stood for 13 years.
In the opening game of the 2015 OAC Softball Tournament, Cotton powered the Crusaders to a 6-3 victory over Ohio Northern. The senior brought in two runs in each of her three plate appearances. Following the completion of the OAC Tournament, she was named to the All-Tournament Team and First Team All-OAC.
Cotton ends her illustrious career with 445 at bats, 159 hits, 144 RBIs, 86 runs, 33 doubles, 28 home runs, and a .357 batting average.
Capital now has housed the OAC Player of the Year two of the last three years. Devan Boggs, currently an assistant coach with Capital Softball, earned the honor during her 2013 senior campaign.