April Brock Lankford, a star catcher at Bell County High School in the late 1990s, was inducted into the Kentucky Prep Softball Hall Fame in Louisville earlier this month.
April Brock played softball at Bell County from 1995-1998 starting all four years at catcher. April’s freshman year coincided with the first year of fast-pitch softball in Kentucky. In 1995, she hit .615 which stood as a KHSAA single season record for 8 seasons. She finished her career at BCHS with a batting average of .481, which still ranks in the top 20 in the KHSAA record books. April’s name also still appears in the top 25 of the KHSAA record books for runs scored in a career (178), runs scored in a season (55), and stolen bases in a season (47).
April was named to the All Southeastern Kentucky Conference Team, All 51st District Team, and All 13th Region Team all four years of her high school career. As a senior in 1998 she was named as the 13th Region Player of the Year, was named to the Kentucky All-State Team, and was a member of the East Kentucky All-Star Team. In 1997 and 1998, April helped lead the Lady Cats to back-to-back 13th Region Tournament championships for the first time in the school’s history.
After her high school career, April signed to attend Union College. At Union, April started all four years at catcher and finished her career there with a .305 batting average. She was the first player in program history to hit two home runs in a single game (April 16, 2002), and set several other offensive records at Union. April still holds the program record for highest slugging percentage in a single season (.644 in 2002). April was named to the All Mid-South Conference Team in 1999 and 2002.
April graduated from Union College in 2002 with a degree in Education. She served four years as an assistant softball coach, and seven years as an assistant basketball coach at Bell County. April lives in Pineville with her husband, Jason Lankford. She just finished her 12th year of teaching in the Bell County School System where she teaches Special Education at BCHS.