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News-Times names All-County Softball Team

Posted: November 30, 2011 - 1:10am  |  Updated: November 30, 2011 - 6:04am
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Evans' Colette Cassedy was named the softball coach of the year.  She led the Knights to the second round of the playoffs. Evans finished 24-11 and finished second in the region.  JIM BLAYLOCK
JIM BLAYLOCK
Evans' Colette Cassedy was named the softball coach of the year. She led the Knights to the second round of the playoffs. Evans finished 24-11 and finished second in the region.

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The 2011 high school softball season was one that saw three Columbia County squads – Evans, Greenbrier and Harlem – make the state playoffs.

In addition, numerous county players had a splendid season.

Here is The Columbia County News-Times’ 2011 All-County Softball Team:

 

Player of the Year

Casey Rowland, Greenbrier

The Wolfpack softball program has plenty of tradition and has experienced only success.

The senior shortstop added to it while jetting into the program’s record book this season.

Rowland’s 17 home runs and 55 RBI were both Greenbrier records. She hit .393 and slugged .934 with 46 runs scored while helping to lead a young squad.

 

Coach of the Year

Colette Cassedy, Evans

This season will be best remembered as one in which the team ended Greenbrier’s run of region titles.

It was quite an achievement, but it didn’t define the season.

What did was the way the Evans coaching staff managed a team that might not have featured one big star, but did have a slew of talented players.

Cassedy led the Knights to the second round of the state playoffs. Evans finished 24-11 and finished second in the Region 2-AAAA Tournament.

 

First Team

Pitcher

Kristen Mills, Harlem

The senior went 14-7 with a 1.83 ERA and 97 strikeouts. She also hit .472 with six home runs and 32 RBI.

Mills edged out Evans’ Tiffany Sellers because she pitched every inning of Harlem’s more significant games.

Catcher

Taylor McChesney, Evans

The junior caught 201 of team’s 214 innings and allowed just four passed balls. She hit .365 with 26 RBI.

First Base

Becca Olson, Evans

The senior hit .462 and slugged .692 with 14 doubles and 30 RBI while playing very good defense.

Middle Infield (2B/SS)

Casey Rowland, Greenbrier

The senior shortstop and Region 2-AAAA Player of the Year hit 17 home runs and had 55 RBI, both Wolfpack single-season records.

Mollie Lillis, Greenbrier

The senior batted .411 with six doubles, two homers and 18 RBI while playing second base and outfield.

Third Base

Savanna Gladue, Evans

The junior lead-off batter hit .373.

Outfield

Lindsey Stokes, Harlem

The sophomore batted .462 with two homers and team-leading 15 doubles. She scored 36 runs and stole 14 bases.

Haley Smith, Greenbrier

The senior hit .434 with an on-base percentage of .523. She scored 26 runs and stole nine bases.

Kristyna Vaughn, Evans

The senior led the Knights with five home runs and added 28 RBI.

Designated Hitter

Maggie Evans, Greenbrier

The senior hit .327 with a home run, five doubles and two triples. She had 27 RBI.

 

Second Team

Pitcher

Tiffany Sellers, Evans

Senior went 14-2 with a 1.66 ERA. Also hit .326 with 22 RBI.

Catcher

Morgan Barton, Harlem

Junior threw out 70 percent of runners while batting .324 with an on-base percentage of .465.

First Base

Kristin Rawlins, Harlem

Junior batted .348 with 10 doubles. She also pitched well for the Bulldogs, going 7-2 with a 2.86 ERA.

Middle Infield (2B/SS)

Tori Poss, Harlem

Junior batted .432 and only committed eight errors on the season while assisting on 19 double plays.

Samantha Tranum, Grovetown

The senior shortstop led the Warriors with a .475 batting average and 18 RBI.

Meredith Stanley, Lakeside

Despite moving around – the senior played multiple positions on the infield – she provided both solid defense and leadership for the Panthers.

Third Base

Taylor DuPree, Greenbrier

Sophomore stole 17 bases on 19 attempts, had an on-base percentage of .419 and scored 30 runs.

Outfield

Maddie Hunt, Greenbrier

As a freshman, she hit .371 with eight RBI. She also stole 13 bases on 14 attempts.

Kiauna Chang, Grovetown

Senior hit .375 and had a team-high 20 stolen bases. She added 12 RBI.

Haley Mays, Harlem

Junior hit .349 and had a .417 on-base percentage. She scored 27 runs.

 

Honorable Mention

Lee Anne Rees, Greenbrier; Ashley Chafin, Lakeside

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