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All-County softball team is the cream of the crop

Posted: November 20, 2013 - 12:02am

Another softball season is in the books, and once again Columbia County teams made their presence felt around the state. Greenbrier finished the season 26-7 and spent almost the entire season in the Top 10 in Class AAAAA. They also continued to dominate in region play posting a perfect 8-0 versus region foes. Harlem had another great year as well. The Lady Bulldogs made a run at the Class AA State Title before settling for a runner-up finish. Harlem finished with a school record 32 wins. 2013 was also a great year in terms of outstanding individual performances. Now, it is time to recognize those players for their wonderful accomplishments.

Here is the 2013 All-County Softball Team

First Team

Catcher- Lee Anne Rees (Greenbrier / Sr.) Hit .333 with 18 RBI and was named First Team All-Region. Was First Team All Region and second Team All-State in 2012. Has signed to play at Columbus State.

Infield – Elyssa Melton (Evans / Sr.) Hit .372 with 4 doubles, 3 homers, and 25 RBI for the Lady Knights. Scored 27 runs, had an on-base percentage of .491 and led Evans with a .547 slugging percentage.

Infield – Kristen McMonigle (Greenbrier / Soph.) The sky is the limit for this 10th-grader. She was named First Team All-Region each of the last two years. She is as good as it gets defensively at the hot corner and she can flat out hit. She batted .440 and scored 35 runs in 33 games. She also swiped 15 bases and only struck out 3 times in 109 at bats. Her and Amber Garrett (Harlem) are as good as any two sophomores in the state.

Infield - Lindsey Stokes (Harlem / Sr.) Stokes had an astonishing season. She hit .457, scored a county best 56 runs and, and drove in a county best 42 runs. She also had an incredible 25 extra base hits (15 doubles, five triples, and 5 HR) which was by far the most in the county. Her on-base percentage was .579 and she had the top slugging percentage in the county by a wide margin at .838.

Infield – Taylor Dupree (Greenbrier / Sr.) What a career for Dupree. She was a four-time All-Region performer and was the 2012 Class AAAAA State Player of the Year. This season Dupree hit .441 and drove in 26 runs. She also swiped 15 bases and has signed to play at College of Charleston.

Infield - Ashton Odum (Evans / Jr.) Odum led the Knights with a .420 batting average this season. She also scored 18 runs and had 10 sacrifice bunts.

Infield – Madison Summers (Harlem / Fr.) Although only a nineth-grader, Summers played a huge role in Harlem’s 32-win campaign. She hit .330 and was second on the team with 35 runs scored. She also led the team with 17 stolen bases.

Infield – Brooke Mackelburg (Greenbrier / Sr.) Mackelburg hit .329 this season and drove in 25 runs for the Pack. She helped guide the team to a 26 win season. She has signed to play at Berry College.

OF – Maddie Hunt (Greenbrier / Jr.) Hunt led the Pack with a .480 batting average. She also swiped a team best 18 bases and scored 31 runs. She has been First Team All-Region each of the last two seasons and has committed to play at Shorter College.

OF – Christian Mullis (Harlem / Sr.) Mullis hit .333 for HHS this season. She was Second on the team with 39 hits and boasted five doubles and four triples. She drove in 22 runs, scored 28, and was 12 for 12 in stolen base attempts. Mullis also only struck out six times in 129 plate appearances.

OF - Bailey Sheppard (Harlem / Soph.)Sheppard provided a key bat in the Harlem lineup. She hit .358 with six doubles, scored 21 runs, and had 24 RBI. She will be counted on heavily next year with the graduation of Lindsey Stokes.

OF – Savannah Gabriel (Evans / Jr.) Gabriel stepped up big time for the Lady Knights this season. She hit .397 and boasted a team best .520 on-base percentage. She tied for the team lead with 27 runs scored and stole five bases.

OF – Jordie Holt (Greenbrier / Soph.) Holt, who started last year as a freshman, hit .390 for the Pack this season. She drove in 19 runs and played stellar defense in the outfield.

Utility – Kirsten Titus (Greenbrier / Jr.) Titus hit .365 and led the Pack with 35 RBI. She was also outstanding on the mound, going 18-6 on the season. She is a two-time First Team All-Region performer.

Pitcher – Amber Garrett (Harlem / Soph.) For the second straight year Garrett was named Region 3-AA Pitcher of the Year. She followed up her outstanding Freshman season by posting a 26-7 record with an era of 1.55. She also hurled 11 shutouts and 22 complete games for the Lady Dogs.

Honorable Mention

Evans: Natalie Johnson, Alexis Schlein, Jenna Cliatt, Brooke Buck

Greenbrier: Monica Mullis, Julie Underwood

Grovetown: Kendyl Connor, Megan McCook, Eve Gallo

Harlem: Cassie Blizzard, Emily Aplin, Ashley Lunz, Kimber Hill, Lizzie Drake, Morgan Hobbins

Lakeside: Sydney Fisher

Coach of the Year: Mike Leverett (Harlem) Led Harlem to a team record 32 wins, a 3-AA Region Title, and a Class AA State Runner-up finish. The most amazing part of Harlem’s tremendous season is the fact that Leverett had to replace eight players that graduated off the 2012 team that were named to the All-Region squad.

Pitcher of the Year: Amber Garrett (Harlem, Soph.) Get used to hearing her name. Garrett has a chance to become one of the all-time greats in county history. She was a workhorse for the Bulldogs, going 26-7 with a sizzling 1.55 era. She amassed 224 strikeouts and threw 11 shutouts. She also had 22 complete efforts in 2013.

Player of the Year: Lindsey Stokes (Harlem / Sr.) Stokes hit .457 and only struck out five times in 140 plate appearances. She led the county in runs scored (56), RBI (42), and slugging percentage (.838). She also had an on-base percentage of .579 and her 25 extra base hits (15 doubles, five triples, and five HR) was so far above every other player in the county I had to check the numbers four times.

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Correction: Elyssa is a Evans High Junior

Elyssa Melton is Junior at Evans High, not a senior