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Ashley Brown: All-Columbia County Softball Team revealed

Posted: November 29, 2017 - 1:15am  |  Updated: December 2, 2017 - 1:37pm
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Evans pitcher Leah Powell is the all-Columbia County Player of the Year after dominating on the mound and at the plate.
Evans pitcher Leah Powell is the all-Columbia County Player of the Year after dominating on the mound and at the plate.

(Editor's note: Ashley Brown has selected the annual all-Columbia County softball team. Here are his selections and comments.)

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All-Columbia County Softball

First Team

Catcher - Haley McCook (So., Evans) Superb defensive catcher. Also, had 4 homers, 8 doubles, 3 triples, scored 37 runs and drove in 38 runs. 1st Team All-Region

Catcher - Camryn Halliday (Fr., Greenbrier) Has a very bright future. Hit .344 with 4 HR and 24 RBI. Her dad had a great prep baseball career at Evans and won a National Title in College. 2nd Team All-Region

Infield - Diamond Williams (Jr., Evans) Hit .425 with 23 steals and an eye-popping 56 runs scored. Also, had 8 doubles, 6 triples, 6 homers, and 24 RBI. 1st Team All-Region

Infield - Morgan Johnson (Jr., Evans) Hit .475 with 10 doubles, 5 triples, and 4 HR. She swiped 11 bases, scored 41 runs, and drove in 35 runs. 1st Team All-Region

Infield - Rachel Crowe (Jr., Greenbrier) Miss Versatility for the Pack. Played 5 different positions and hit .424 with 12 stolen bases. 1st Team All-Region

Infield - Peyton Perdue (Jr., Harlem) She hit .456 for the Lady Bulldogs this season. Was an excellent table-setter as well, scoring 27 runs.

Infield - Sydney Baker (So., Evans) Got overshadowed at times this season, but she hit .380 with 37 runs scored. Posted 8 doubles and 11 stolen bases and teamed with Morgan Johnson to make an excellent double play combination.

Infield - Kayleigh Nicholson (Jr., Greenbrier) 1st Team All-Region Selection. Nicholson hit .321 with 23 RBI and a pair of HR for the Pack this season.

Outfield - Anasja Sanders (Sr., Harlem) Sanders hit .398 and scored 39 runs for the Bulldogs this season. She also swiped 19 bases and drove in 14 runs.

Outfield - Kayla Hutchinson (So., Evans) The best defensive outfielder in the county. Hutchinson also hit .304 with 5 doubles and 26 RBI. She stole 10 bases and earned 1st Team All-Region Honors.

Outfield - Katy Cliatt (So., Evans) Names 1st Team All-Region. She was solid in left field, stole 12 bases, and drove in 14 runs for the 30-4 Knights.

DH - Carrintyn Greene (Sr., Greenbrier) Greene had a big year offensively, hitting .351 with a team leading 5 HR and 31 RBI. 1st Team-Region Pick.

Utility - Olivia Strickland (So., Lakeside) Table-setter for Lakeside's offense. Hit .340 on the season with a team-high 27 runs scored. 1st Team All-Region Selection

Utility - Alyssa Bedenbaugh (Fr., Lakeside) One of the best 2-way players in the area this year. Bedenbaugh went 13-7 on the mound with a sizzling 1.67 ERA and helped guide LHS to the best season in school history. She also hit .434 with 21 RBI and 21 Runs scored.

Pitcher - Skyler Wiggins (Jr., Harlem) Great on the mound for HHS with a 16-6 mark with an ERA of 1.71 and 128 strikeouts. She also hit .469 with 9 doubles, 2 homers, and 36 RBI.

Pitcher - Leah Powell (So., Evans) Region 3-AAAAAA Pitcher and Player of the Year. Was 26-2 on the mound with 183 K's in 166.2 innings of work. Also, hit .451 with a county best 16 homers and 47 RBI.

Pitcher - Beth Romanowski (Sr., Greenbrier) Named 1st Team All-Region after finishing 13-2 on the hill for the Pack this season. Stepped up big time after the departure of Duke signee Brianna Butler.

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Second Team and Honorable Mention

Evans

Second Team

Aly Reynolds (Fr., 3B) Quick and solid glove at 3B

Alex Shelnut (So., RF) Only one error all season in RF

Honorable Mention

Ansley Wood (So., P) 4-1 with an ERA of 2.74

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Greenbrier

Second Team

Rebecca Clark (Jr., CF) Hit .301 with 21 RBI

Nicole Rogers (Sr., Infield) Hit .301 with 14 RBI

Hanna Jones (So., 1B) Hit .338 with 10 RBI

Honorable Mention Chayse Eldridge (Fr., P) Bright future on the hill

Megan Steinmeyer (Fr., 3B) Hit .299 w/ 17 RBI

Payton Watson (Jr.) Hit .292 w/ 2 HR and 12 RBI

Carter Culverhouse (Jr., OF) Solid all around player for Pack

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Grovetown

Second Team

Syrena Holmes (Sr., SS/CF) Team Leader and MVP for Lady Warriors

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Harlem

Second Team

Emily Matthews (Jr., 3B) Hit .414 w/ 19 RBI

Ashton VanHouse (Jr., OF) Hit .538 (21 for 39) w/ 14 stolen bases

Aleja Dorsey (Jr., OF) Hit .500 (24 for 48) with 24 runs scored

Kali Garrett (Fr., C/SS) Hit .264 w/ 3 HR and 12 RBI

Jaylyn Norman (Sr., Infield) Hit .279 with 17 RBI

Lilly Hartley (So., Infield) .323 w/ 15 RBI

Dixie Hill (Jr., P) 8-2 with a 2.15 ERA

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Lakeside

Second Team

Alex Gibson (So.) Hit .289 w/ 22 runs and 15 RBI

Cierre Simon (So.) Hit .291, scored 19 runs and drove in 14

Camille Guinn (So., CF) Hit .273 with 10 RBI and 13 runs scored

Honorable Mention

Emily Munson (Jr.) Solid 2-way player

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Coach of the Year: Ricky Beale (Evans)

Beale guided the Lady Knights to the finest season in school history with a 30-4 mark, a region title and a No. 3 finish in Class AAAAAA. Sure, Evans had talent, but they also were very young. Of the 9 players who earned All-County recognition, all were underclassman. There is no doubt they will be the favorite in Class AAAAAA next season.

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Player of the Year: Leah Powell (Evans)

There was no point separating Pitcher and Player of the Year. Powell was the runaway winner in both categories. This talented sophomore put up some mind-blowing numbers. At the plate, she hit .451 with 10 doubles and led the county in HR with 16 and RBI with 47. The HR total was one shy of the county record held by Casey Rowland of Greenbrier. Her .596 on base percentage, 1.087 slugging percentage, and 1.664 OPS were off the charts. And, she was maybe even more dominant on the mound, finishing 26-2 with a 1.22 ERA and 183 strikeouts to win the county pitching Triple Crown.

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Parting Shot

I want to give a big "thank you" to retiring Greenbrier head coach Garrett Black. It is impossible to calculate how much he has meant to softball in the CSRA. When the county finally started fast pitch softball we were more than a decade behind the schools in Atlanta, but Coach Black went to work building a program that would take a back seat to no one. The numbers are simply amazing:

• 655 wins and 169 losses in 22 seasons

• 18 Region titles

• 18 Trips to the GHSA Elite 8

• 2 State Titles (2004 and 2014)

Coach Black set the standard for softball programs and coaches in this area and he set the bar extremely high.

 

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