JACKSON County’s Mason Garland was selected as the Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the All-American Games in Akron, Ohio.
Garland, a junior at Jackson County Comprehensive High School, was one of the top 45 ranked softball players in the nation asked to participate in games held at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Over 1,000 players from all over the country competed in the qualifying process, which included cutting players to 109, and then the final cut resulting in the top 45 players.
Garland’s journey began with the southeast top prospect showcase at Mercer University in March where she was rated by one of the top scouts in fastpitch softball, Mark Mulvany.
While at the All American Games, Mason met professional softball players from the Akron Racers and the Chicago Bandits. She also received autographs from the pros and posed for pictures with University of Alabama’s Kelly Montalvo and the University of Georgia’s Taylor Scholopy and Megan Wiggins.
Garland played in three games that were broadcast over the Internet and at the end of the day was awarded the outstanding defensive player honor.