At the end of October, juniors Beth Glasscock and Michelle Critchelow traveled to Florida to take part in the Rising Stars Showcase, in Plantation, Fla. The two Grayson County standouts joined other Kentucky players, including Megan Jolly and Stephanie Coomes of defending state champion Owensboro Catholic, on the Kentucky Monarchs team.
The Rising Stars Showcase is a two-day affair that plays host to more than 3,000 players, all of whom have been invited to attend, and 200 teams who come together to play before some 500 colleges softball coaches from all divisions and all parts of the country.
While the college coaches were not allowed to make individual contact with either Glasscock or Critchelow because they are only juniors, according to Cougar Coach John Skaggs, a lot of interest was shown in both players.
The Monarchs went 4-1 in their five games and won three of four by shutout. The only game they lost came when neither Jolly nor Critchelow was on the mound. As a team, the Monarchs gave up just five runs in the five games, only three of which were earned. Critchelow pitched 10 innings and did not allow a run while striking out nine and giving up three hits.
Offensively, the Monarchs pounded out 31 hits and scored 22 runs. Glasscock led the team with an .833 slugging percentage that included a double, triple and a three-run home run. Critchelow, not known for her hitting with the Cougars, had four hits and accumulated an on-base percentage of .600.