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The softball season has come and gone, and signings will soon pick up for some of the county’s most talented softball players. Here you’ll find the All-County Softball Team, based on the eye test, some stats provided by coaches and coach recommendations.
Pitcher - Kalia Johnson (Alcovy, senior) had a terrific season for the Lady Tigers. Johnson is arguably the best pitcher in the county and she’s also one of Alcovy’s best hitters, as she’s been able to hit a few home runs on the season and over her career at Alcovy.
Catcher - Emma Waddell (Alcovy, sophomore) plays one of the toughest positions to make a decision on as far as first team All-County goes, but her defensive ability and rocker for an arm nudged her above the competition. Waddell is also a good bunter and a capable hitter, and she’s only a sophomore.
Third base - Catlin Ray (Eastside, senior) is an easy pick. She’s dominant as a third baseman and as a pitcher, and especially on offense where she bats .536 with two home runs, 16 RBI and 35 runs scored.
Short stop - Ciara Bryan (Newton, senior) is as good as it gets. She won Region 2-AAAAAA player of the year last season and continued her onslaught of top-notch offense this season, helping Newton get to the first round of the state playoffs.
First base - Tanisha “Skeeter” Williams (Alcovy, junior) was probably the biggest surprise of the season, but she’s worthy of a top spot on her ability to hit andmake some plays at first on defense.
Designated hitter - Raven Smith (Alcovy, senior) was another tough decision because she’s a good shortstop, but Bryan’s offense give her the slight edge. Still, if you’re picking from the best softball players in the county, Smith is in the top four players on offense.
Second base - Taylor Baggett (Eastside, junior) was a great two-way player for the Lady Eagles this past season. She was the Lady Eagles’ best hitter behind Ray with a batting average of .500, 10 RBI and 18 runs scored.
OF - Brittany Medlin (Eastside, senior) hit .370 for Eastside, but was even more stellar on defense in centerfield for the Lady Eagles.
OF - Ashley Weesner (Newton, sophomore) was the utility player for Newton on defense. She can play almost anywhere and plug holes that they needed, and she’s also a good bat.
OF - Alexis DiBuccio (Eastside, senior) only played in 14 games, but she was one of the Lady Eagles’ best players in those games. DiBuccio finished the season with a .419 batting saverage with 15 runs and 15 RBI.
Relief pitcher - Britney Ellis (Newton, sophomore) played a full season while recovering from an ACL injury before tearing her ACL in her other knee during the season, but still managed to pitch Newton into the playoffs as the Lady Rams only starting pitcher.
Honorable mentions: Bailey Stewart (Eastside, catcher), McKenzie Powell (Eastside, shortstop), Ashton McKinnon (Newton, second base), Amber & Autumn Bagley (Alcovy, OF/INF), Lanie Knight (Alcovy).