Witt Jr., Lynch win national prep athletes of year

Witt Jr., Lynch win national prep athletes of year
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley smiles as he conducts interviews during the High School Athlete of the Year Awards Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) — Shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., son of former major league pitcher Bobby Witt, and softball pitcher Kelley Lynch have been honored as national prep athletes of the year.

They received their trophies on Tuesday night.

Witt Jr., of Colleyville, Texas, was the No. 2 overall pick by the Kansas City Royals. He batted .482 with 15 doubles, nine triples and 15 home runs, compiling 55 RBIs — 28 of which came with two outs. He led Colleyville Heritage High to a 39-3 record and the Texas Class 5A state title.

Lynch, of Sharpsburg, Georgia, is the first softball player to win national athlete of the year honors in the program sponsored by Gatorade.

She led East Coweta High to a 32-2 record and the program’s second straight Class 7A state title last season. She was 17-0 with a 0.27 ERA along with a .436 batting average.