Cabot Lady Panthers softball player Taylor Anderson helped her East squad to a split with the West during the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star softball doubleheader at Farris Field in Conway on June 18.

Anderson was 3 for 3 at the plate while playing catcher. She earned Most Valuable Player honors for her performance as her team won the first game 10-8 but lost the nightcap 8-1.

Anderson had her team’s only RBI in the second game. She had an RBI and two hits in the first game.

"I was shocked," Anderson said of winning the MVP. "I heard my name being called but it didn’t click until they said ‘Cabot.’ I ran up there to home plate, just thinking that this must be a dream. Honestly, I’m still in a little shock."

Anderson was an all-state and all-conference performer for the Lady Panthers, which advanced to the second round of the Class 7A state tournament last month.

Anderson said she enjoyed her all-star experience.

"The all-star experience was perfect," she said. "I couldn’t have imagined it any better. The coaches were great and encouraged us to have fun and that’s exactly what we did."

Anderson said her performance in the all-star games was due to her hard work playing softball paying off.

"I am proud of my performance and I’m so happy that my coaches and my parents were there to see it because I couldn’t have done it without them,"

Anderson is attending Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia and plans on playing softball for the Lady Tigers next season.