Athletic Spotlight: Record-Breaker Maggie Bailey
She started this softball season with 12 career home runs, which tied her for the record with Loveland High School (LHS) 2012 Graduate Haley Shumake. The four-year member of the varsity team and three-year starter at catcher Maggie Baily broke that record in the team’s first game of the season versus Mercy, and she has hit seven total home runs this season so far.
The Loveland Athletic Department shines the spotlight on LHS Senior Maggie Bailey, who recorded her 100 career hit the final week of April, moving her into fourth for all-time for career hits. Bailey was selected All-ECC, All-Metro and Honorable Mention All-State last season; she is the first Loveland softball player to be selected All-State.
“Our Maggie Bailey has been a true leader as well as an outstanding softball player these past four years at Loveland High School,” said Loveland District Director of Student Athletics Julie Renner. “We are extremely proud of her for reaching such goals, it could not have happened to a better person.”
“Maggie is highly respected by the coaches in southwest Ohio, as evident by her being selected D-1 All-State Honorable Mention last season,” said LHS Softball Coach Mike Rapp. “Maggie is the FIRST softball player from Loveland to receive All-State honors. Maggie was also selected first team ECC the last three years. Last season Maggie set the single season record for highest batting average (.582) and on base percentage (.682). I am sure that Maggie will hold several more single season and career records for Loveland High School by the end of her senior season.
“In the classroom Maggie has excelled, as her 4.38 GPA speaks to her hard work and academic accomplishments. As a result of her hard work in the classroom Maggie received the Presidential Scholarship from the University of Alabama, where she will study biology and eventually go on to grad school. Not only is Maggie a good student, she is a good teacher and coach. I have watched her help the younger players with their catching and hitting fundamentals, as well as, instructing the youth softball players attending our clinics for the last four years. Given Maggie’s love for the game of softball I really hope she gets the opportunity to coach it in the future.”
Way to go, Maggie Bailey!
Photo caption: LHS senior softball standout Maggie Bailey with her team.