Athlete of the Week – Addie Barnouski

Addie Barnouski is ripping apart the competition

Addie Barnouski   O’Fallon senior Addie Barnouski is charging full steam ahead towards the postseason.

Barnouski has been a force for the Lady Panthers for three years and in her fourth and final year, she is doing no less. The tested four year varsity veteran has been explosive both with a bat and on the mound so far in 2016.

In 63 plate appearances Barnouski currently leads the team with a .526 batting average. The senior SEMO commit has a total of 30 hits, 16 runs, 25 RBI’s, and 16 stolen bases in eighteen games played. Both her .566 on base percentage and her .825 slugging percentage are near the league’s bests. Barnouski is also the only Lady Panther this season to homer. And she has done it twice.

“She has been a large part of our offense since she came on board as a freshman,” said head coach Kelly Paproth. “Her determination at the plate is impressive.”

As impressive as her hitting statistics are, Barnouski’s pitching for the Panthers has been equally as lights out. A three year starting pitcher for O’Fallon, Barnouski has the knowledge and experience to keep her composure on the mound. This combination has allowed her to throw her way to an impressive 13-3 record.

In 16 games pitched Barnouski has allowed just 29 runs and 71 hits, while her ERA is at an incredible .86. Barnouski currently has the second best ERA in the conference for pitchers who have thrown in 10 or more games. She has recorded 142 strikeouts and walked just sixteen batters.

Despite her consistent and explosive play, Barnouski’s impact on the team does not end on the field.

“Without a doubt she is a leader both on and off the field. She has a competitive nature and it helps drive not only her but teammates as well,” said Paproth. “And it’s not new for her either. She has grown as a leader but she always been that way since she joined the team.”

Earlier this year Barnouski signed a letter of intent to play for Southeast Missouri State University alongside several other metro-east players.  Her desire to play college ball has proven to be a more than effective motivator in her last year as a Lady Panther.