20 Great Things From The 2017 UL Softball Season: Kara Gremillion
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun softball team had another great season in 2017.
Louisiana finished their season with an overall record of 47-8, while capturing both the regular season and postseason Sun Belt Conference titles.
The Cajuns appeared in an NCAA Regional for the 19th consecutive appearance, including their and 27th in the last 28 seasons.
It was a terrific season, with many memories.
That being said, over the summer, I’m going to try to focus on 20 things that I took away from the season.
Yesterday, I featured Alex Stewart.
Today, I spotlight Kara Gremillion.
After a year of being eased into a line-up, with the likes of former All-Americans Lexie Elkins and Shellie Landry, in her freshman year of 2016, Gremillion was asked to take on a more prominent offensive role in 2017, becoming the leadoff hitter.
A native of Gonzales, Louisiana, Gremillion responded, hitting a .320, including a .480 on-base percentage, to go along with four home runs and 30 runs batted in.
Gremillion did a lot of the little things too, striking out only 12 times in 221 plate appearances, offensively, while committing only 9 errors at third base, defensively.
That production earned Gremillion first-team All-Sun Belt Conference and first-team All-Louisiana honors.
In the same line-up with players like Elkins, Landry, DJ Sanders, Haley Hayden, and Aleah Craighton in her first two seasons, Gremillion has been understandably overlooked.Still, she has been more than solid, both with the bat and with the glove, and will likely continue to just keep doing better.
Hayden, who hit leadoff in 2016, was moved down in the order a bit in 2017, to make up for some of the power that left the team with the graduation of both Elkins and Landry, along with Sara Corbello.
That left the leadoff spot a question mark heading into last season.
Gremillion answered that question pretty quickly.
It's a question that likely won't be asked again until 2020.