Lilly Agan is one of the best players from the Sharpsburg, GA area in the Class of 2020.
The 5-foot-4, 110-pound Agan, who attends East Coweta High School, is a dynamic player that works as a center fielder.
Agan, who is committed to the University of Washington, has earned plenty of recognition during her outstanding career, such as: three-time All-County First Team, three-time All-Region First Team, two-time All-State First Team, postseason MVP, All-County Co-Offensive MVP and State all-star game selection.
Agan is humbled by the accolades.
“It’s a great honor to achieve these awards especially in a high school and state with such good players. It makes me feel very honored that all my hard work has paid off,” Agan said. “This is the first year that they have allowed juniors to participate in the all-star game so I’m excited to be a part of it this summer.”
No matter the opponent, on each play Agan is determined to give it her all.
Agan is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Agan steps between the lines.
“I have the mindset that I am the best at my position and that if anyone hits it to me I will get them out because no one can beat me,” Agan said. “I want the opponent to have to work for everything they get.”
Agan has great passion and energy whenever she’s on the diamond. Agan tells why she enjoys the game of softball so much.
“I simply love everything about playing,” Agan said. “There’s not one thing that I like more than the other about playing because the game itself is a blessing.”
Agan has learned many valuable lessons from playing softball that she applies to her everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“This game has taught me how to push through even in the hardest situations,” Agan said. “It has taught me the value of never giving up and always working hard through the ups and downs.”
Agan recalls her favorite softball memory.
“Winning states in my junior year has to be my favorite memory because everyone outside of our team was doubting our team and what we could do with the loss of a few players,” Agan said. “But we worked hard every single day and earned everything we achieved this year.”
Franklin DeLoach has coached Agan for two years at East Coweta High School.
DeLoach explains the best parts of Lively’s game.
“She is a very savvy softball player. Very great instincts in the outfield and hitting at the plate,” DeLoach said. “Hitting; She is a left handed slapper. One of the best that I have seen. Our lead off hitter past two seasons, winning back-to-back state championships. Awesome instincts at the plate and is three dimensional (bunt, slap, drive the ball).”
Agan takes her role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Agan makes sure she’s a daily positive influence on her peers.
“I keep everyone up in the dugout and talk to my teammates nonstop and don’t allow negativity or bad attitudes in the dugout,” Agan said. “I tell everyone to always move forward no matter what you’ve done. It is now in the past. We can´t live in the past. We have to keep moving forward and focus on what we are going to do next.”
DeLoach adds that Agan is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“Her drive to be the best that she can really sets the tone for us offensively,” DeLoach said. “Plays very smart with great aggressive instincts on the bases.”
Agan is appreciative of having amazing role models that are supportive.
“I have learned to stay humble. You can’t be comfortable and expect things to happen for you just simply because of who you are. You have to keep working hard for everything you want,” Agan said. “The best advice I’ve gotten is ‘Seven innings to play and a lifetime to remember.”
DeLoach is an advocate of Agan’s capabilities.
“Last day of the season and we play the state semifinal game and state championship later that day,” DeLoach said. “Lilly goes 7-for-7 on the day in the leadoff spot in our lineup, facing some of the best pitching in our state.”
Agan has an excellent softball IQ which puts her in position to succeed.
“Lilly gets a great first step on the ball playing center field. Her softball IQ is very high offensively and defensively,” DeLoach said. “ She puts her in a great position with her IQ for success for our team.”
Agan is on the grind to perfect and hone her craft in any way possible.
“She is constantly working on her slap game offensively which has led her to being one of the toughest outs in our state,” DeLoach said.
Agan is constantly striving for greatness in everything that she does.
“On and off the field, I want to be the best that I can be,” Agan said. “I want to make my family proud of me in everything that I do.”
DeLoach explains why he already compares Agan to collegiate athletes.
“She actually reminds me of several Power Five D-I college girls who are three dimensional slappers in the leadoff spot,” DeLoach said.
Agan patterns her play after this athlete.
“Caitlin Lowe because she is the most dedicated player that I know,” Agan said. “She broke her nose running into the center field wall but that didn’t stop her from playing the very next day.”
Agan explains why she committed to the University of Washington.
“I love the energy, the coaches and everything about the school,” Agan said. “I look forward to the day I get to step on their field in full uniform and live out my dream.”
Agan lists psychology as her favorite subject in school.
“I admire this subject because I enjoy learning about how we do things and why,” Agan said. “I am very fascinated by the human mind.”
DeLoach is confident Agan is willing to do whatever it takes to keep growing as a player.
“She is a smaller girl in stature so would like to see her develop more physical strength to drive the ball even better when she swings away,” DeLoach said.
DeLoach believes the sky is the limit as long as Agan continues to stay hungry.
“She will be a great leadoff hitter for the University of Washington and help them win another national championship,” DeLoach said.
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