Chester native Lacey Waldrop earns National Player of the Year honors

Lacey Waldrop and the Florida State Seminoles said goodbye to the 2014 season after advancing to the softball College World Series for the first time since 2004. They dropped decisions to No.1 Oregon and No.13 Baylor to be eliminated from the postseason. The season, however,  was a banner for both the school and Waldrop, who garnered multiple awards, including USA Softball National Player of the Year honors.

In addition to player of the year, she also collected seven Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week awards, one national player of the week award, ACC Pitcher of the Year, and was named an All-American. Waldrop finished the year with a Florida State school record 38 wins against seven losses, striking out 287 batters in 266 innings and allowing 43 earned runs – good for a 1.13 earned run average. She started 42 games, throwing 27 complete games and eight shutouts, including two no-hitters. Florida State finished 2014 55-9 overall with a 24-3 record in the ACC.

The Seminole had an awesome high school career at Thomas Dale, pulling in first-team All-State honors as a senior, and All-Metro and Central District pitcher of the year. In fact, she earned first team all-district, region and metro all four years she was in high school.

Academically, Waldrop was great in high school and has carried that success into the college classroom. The pitcher is majoring in editing, writing and media and according to the Florida State website, her goal is to become a sports analyst or a sports health and fitness journalist. Lacey is the daughter of Beth and Chuck Waldrop who live in Chester.

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