Bailey Landry named NPF Rookie of the Year

Kyle Riviere
Bailey Landry was a big winner at the NPF awards banquet this week. One the awards she brought home was Rookie of the Year. Photo courtesy of Twitter.

Throughout her tremendously successful softball career, Bailey Landry has strived to be the best.

She was the best player on her East Ascension team and the best player in Ascension Parish when she was earning All-American honors as a senior.

At LSU, she proved to be the Lady Tigers’ best hitter as she produced the top batting average on the team in two of her four years there.

Many years have passed since she was just a little girl playing recreation softball back in Ascension. Many things have changed, but one thing has remained the same: She’s still the best.

This week, Landry was named the National Pro Fastpitch league’s Rookie of the Year. She also made the All-NPF team and she was the recipient of this year’s Jennie Finch Award, which is given to the player who shows excellence in sportsmanship, leadership and humility both on and off of the field.

For her rookie campaign, Landry hit .348 with five home runs and 18 RBIs. She also scored 29 runs.

Throughout the course of the season, Landry earned the title of Rookie of the Week three times. One of those weeks, she hit a gaudy .455—which was tied for fourth-best in the entire league for that time span.

She also stole three bases and scored five times. That put her ahead of all NPF players in both categories.

This is just the latest accomplishment in a sensational softball career for Landry.

After graduating from East Ascension in 2013 and signing with LSU, Landry went to Baton Rouge and made an immediate impact.

She didn’t begin the 2014 season as a starter, but she quickly earned a spot in the starting lineup. Landry ended up becoming just the fifth LSU player in program history to make the All-SEC Freshmen team from the outfield.

There was no sophomore slump. Instead, she had the greatest season of her career.

Landry hit a team-leading .426, which included a school-record 21-game hitting streak.

She helped lead LSU to the Women’s College World Series and earned All-SEC and NFCA All-American honors at the end of the season.

Landry closed out her collegiate career by leading the Lady Tigers to two more World Series appearances. During her junior year, they reached the semifinals.

Her senior season was another gem as she hit a team-best .402 that included a 20-game hitting streak.

Landry also set two new school records. She became the program’s all-time leader in career hits with 291, and she broke Ashlee Ducote’s 17-year-old record for most hits in a single season with 92.

At the end of the year, she was named first-team All-SEC and All-American.

During the season, she was drafted fifth overall by the Texas Charge of McKinney, Texas, in the NPF Draft.

Though Landry’s performance was stellar, the Charge struggled—especially at the end of the year. They went just 2-8 in their final 10 games to finish with a 22-28 record.

The USSSA Pride, Chicago Bandits, Akron Racers and Scrap Yard Dawgs all reached the 2017 Championships, which are being played at LSU’s Tiger Park this weekend.

Landry wasn’t the only former Lady Tiger to have a big season in the NPF.

Former teammates Sahvanna Jaquish and A.J. Andrews were both All-NPF selections.