The Madison Southern softball team made history this season.

The Lady Eagles won a school-record 27 games. They won back-to-back 44th District Tourn-ament titles for the first time.

And they advanced to the championship game of the 11th Region Tournament for the first time in 15 years.

Following that fantastic season, the postseason accolades have started to roll in for the team.

Southern's Abbey Stepp was named the 11th Region Coach of the Year by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association.

Stepp led the Lady Eagles to a 27-9 record this season. Southern won 14 of its final 16 games of the season, including a 4-2 win over Madison Central in the district title game.

The Lady Eagles beat Western Hills, 5-1, in the first round of the 11th Region Tournament, then knocked off 2018 state champion Scott County, 10-9, in the semifinals.

Southern fell to Woodford County, 12-3 in the title game.

Stepp is a native of Versailles and played softball at Jacksonville State.

Six Southern players were also named to the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association 2019 All-Academic Team, the organization announced earlier this week.

Seniors Alicia Venter and Zaria Carter, along with juniors Kennadi Story, Kayla Pigg, Payton Griffith and Destiny Dooley were all named First-Team Academic All-State.

To qualify for the academic all-state team, players (juniors or seniors only) must have played in 50 percent of her team's varsity games and maintained a high GPA (3.75 to 4.00 -- first team, 3.50 to 3.75 -- second team and 3.25 to 3.49 for honorable mention).

Pigg has also picked up another honor.

She had been selected to the East Junior All-Star Team. Pigg will play in the 2019 East/West All-Star Games on June 15 and 16 at the University of the Cumberlands.

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