Another thrilling season is in the books and it's time to honor the diamond girls.
Among our local teams, McIntosh carried the flag for the county as they were the only school to reach the state playoffs. There was plenty of veteran leadership around the county to go with some exciting young players we will be cheering on for years to come.
Among a number of strong choices, McIntosh's Hannah Newton is the Pitcher of the Year. Newton tallied ten wins, 143 strikeouts, six shutouts, two no hitters, and one perfect game while leading the Chiefs to the state playoffs.
The competition for the next award was especially tough. Whitewater's Kimberly Perkins is the Batter of the Year. Perkins, the MVP of the Wildcats, hit .506 with 11 doubles, six home runs, and 50 RBI.
The All-County first team is led off by a tremendous trio of pitchers who are equally adept with a bat in Hannah Newton, Maci Townsend, and Alysen Febrey.
In addition to her work on the mound, Newton hit .382 with six doubles and 14 RBI.
Townsend of Whitewater compiled a 9-2 record and a 2.47 ERA with four shutouts and one perfect game. She also hit .326.
Febrey of Starr's Mill played all over the diamond, picking up four wins as a pitcher while hitting .480 with 10 doubles, two home runs, and 28 RBI.
Freshman sensation Delayne Rotolo of McIntosh is behind the dish as the catcher. Rotolo hit .281 with four doubles, one home run, and 13 RBI.
The infield is a stellar quartet of McIntosh's Julia Dunlap, Starr's Mill's Natalie Orcutt, and Whitewater's Katie Cannington and Kimberly Perkins.
Dunlap, a first baseman, was voted McIntosh's offensive player of the year with a .296 average to go with two home runs and 25 RBI.
Orcutt, just a junior, piled up some ridiculous numbers for the Panthers, hitting .525 with six doubles, five triples, and 14 RBI. Orcutt was also successful on 19 of 20 stolen base attempts.
Cannington hit .420 while swiping an impressive 40 bases.
The outfield is full of cats. Whitewater's Hannah Thomason and Brielle Grubbs are joined by Starr's Mill's Sarah Flanders.
Thomason hit .500 with an unbelievable .660 on-base percentage. Perhaps even more impressive were her 42 stolen bases.
Grubbs raked for a .450 average with 21 RBI.
Flanders hit .388 with six doubles and 15 RBI, adding 12 stolen bases.
The All-County second team is an impressive batch of talent as well.
The pitchers are Sam Laing of Starr's Mill, Sarah Middleton of Whitewater, and Krystian Swain of Our Lady of Mercy.
Laing posted an 8-5 record with a 2.05 ERA.
Middleton, just a freshman, notched nine wins with a 3.50 ERA and 49 strikeouts.
Swain was just as adept on the mound as with her bat, raking for a .483 average with five doubles, three triples, and three home runs.
Sandy Creek's Maggie Barrow is the catcher.
The infield isn't far off the pace of the first team with Whitewater's Kylee Southers is joined by Megan Eberle of McIntosh, Katie Ressl of Starr's Mill, and McKenzie Wilder of Fayette County making up an impressive crew.
Southers hit an amazing .480 with a .550 on-base percentage along with nine doubles, one home run, and 29 RBI.
Eberle won the McIntosh Lady Chief Award and the Scholar Athlete Award while driving in 12 RBI and drawing 13 walks.
Ressl hit .400 with a .513 on-base percentage, adding 14 RBI and 14 walks.
The outfield is made up of McIntosh's Brittany Ostrander and Morgan Maier and Whitewater's Rena Jenkins.
Ostrander was voted the McIntosh defensive player of the year while Maier drove in 18 runs. Jenkins hit .307 and stole 20 bases.
There is still plenty of talent left to the recognize. The honorable mentions from McIntosh are Jordan Roy, Morgan Randolph, Melanie Garlock, and Keely Lassig. The honorable mentions from Whitewater are Angela Heinback and Breanna Burgett. The honorable mentions from Starr's Mill are Ashley Powers, Ellie Ressl, and Shelby Daniel. The honorable mentions from Fayette County are Leah O'Rourke, Chelsea Campbell, Hayley Barker, and Megan Crawford. The honorable mentions from Sandy Creek are Autumn Shirah, Alexis Lane, and Jazmyne Taylor. Our Lady of Mercy's honorable mention is Asia Wiles.