Kelsey Nunley can add all-american status to a long list of honors she’s compiled since finishing her high school career with Soddy-Daisy in May. Nunley, who will pitch for the University of Kentucky in the fall after leading the Lady Trojans to the Class AAA title this season, was named to the MaxPreps 2012 All-American Softball Team this week.
In addition to the most recent honor, Nunley was also selected as Tennessee’s Gatorade player of the year and was a third-team selection to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association collection of all-americans.
As a team, Soddy-Daisy finished the season ranked 10th in the nation according to both MaxPreps and ESPN’s Fab 50. Baylor (32) and Daniel Boone (50) are the only other Tennessee teams to crack either list, with both appearing in ESPN’s final rankings.
Soddy-Daisy will return its entire offense next season, but Nunley, who was the team’s lone senior, will be hard to replace. In 2012, she finished with a 36-4 record, a 0.45 ERA and 401 strikeouts in 246 innings pitched according to MaxPreps.
Nunley was the only representative from Tennessee on the MaxPreps first team, which is comprised of 10 pitchers and a total of 30 players from across the country.
In her four years at Soddy-Daisy, Nunley was a part of two state championship teams. Her final pitch for the Lady Trojans delivered a strikeout that sealed the 7-0 victory over Daniel Boone for the title. Last week, she threw for the final time in a high school setting, setting the strikeout record (13) in the Stump on Sports All-Star Softball Classic.