The Times 2021 Softball Player of the Year: Ottawa’s Abby Bukantis

Given her chance to shine, Abby Bukantis took full advantage of the opportunity

“This season was especially important for Abby, just because her freshman and sophomore years she pitched on the varsity, but it was kind of in the fill-in games here and there when we had busy weeks. I think it was especially important for her to get this senior season.”

—  Ottawa softball coach Adam Lewis
J.T. Pedelty

J.T. Pedelty

J.T. is a graduate of Streator High School, Illinois Valley Community College and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale who is some 22 years into an award-winning sports journalism career.