Emma Frost has set the bar at a high level for area players to shoot for.
The Morristown East senior, who is headed for a college career at Lincoln Memorial University, has captured her third straight Citizen Tribune All-Lakeway Area Softball Player of the Year award after leading the Lady Hurricanes to a 37-7 record.
That’s quite an accomplishment when you consider the fact that no other player has even won the award two times.
There was little doubt how good she would be after she made the All-Lakeway Area team in her freshman season of 2016, and Frost has more than lived up to the expectations.
This season, she compiled a 28-4 record on the mound and batted .395 as the Lady ‘Canes won the Inter Mountain Conference and District 2-AAA championships.
Her numbers were impressive across the board. Her earned run average was 1.25 with 287 strike outs while opposing teams batted just .155 against her.
Offensively, she collected 49 hits and knocked in 54 runs with a .454 on base percentage. She blasted a dozen home runs and as many doubles.
“It’s really an honor to be chosen for this award three straight years,” Frost said. “It’s a big accomplishment for me. I’ve worked very hard to be a good player and honors like this are rewarding.”
East coach Robin Vannoy said Frost was very deserving. “Emma did an exceptional job for us both on the mound and at the plate.
“She had a phenomenal season this year against some very tough competition,” the coach commented. “She was in charge when she was on the mound and because of that it led to the success of our program.”
Vannoy continued, “She worked very had for us and was a joy to coach because she always did what you asked her to do. She led by example and was always supporting the younger players.”
Among Frost’s stats this year are four victories over eventual state champion Jefferson County and she couldn’t help but think about what might have been if East’s season hadn’t ended in the sectional (sub-state) for the third straight season.
“My senior season didn’t end quite the way I wanted it to but I was happy that I got to play four good years at East,” she said.
Although she wished it could have been her team in the state tournament, Frost said, “Jefferson County was a really good team and they deserved it but I thought we deserved it, too. They had some things that went their way and we had things that didn’t go our way at the end of the season.
“Sometimes, just one small thing determines things like that. But, I was glad to see them win the title. I was pulling hard for them. I have a lot of good friends on that team and some of my biggest games came against them over my years.”
Frost felt her senior season was probably the second best of her four years as a Lady Hurricane. “I think my sophomore year was probably my best going into this season. Last year (2018) I had some arm trouble at the end of the year and my numbers were not nearly as good.
“But I came back this season with the same mentality I had as a sophomore. I felt like I needed to prove myself again. I worked hard to get back to where I was before and I think I did that.”