Girls Named To All-County
Brittany Batton of Magnolia and Kim Davis of Paden City top the First All-Wetzel County Softball Team, while Mark Batton of Magnolia and Penny Baker from Paden City were selected Coaches of the Year.
Brittany Batton had the second highest batting average in the county, at .390, while knocking in 17 runs. A good baserunner, she also stole a dozen bases, while adding a Wetzel County-high six sacrifices.
Davis did it all. On the mound, she struck out 213 batters in 145-1/3 innings and leaves PCHS as the all-time strike out queen with 495 in her career. At the plate, Davis batted .224 and knocked in 19 runs. She hit five doubles, a home run, and swiped 19 bases.
Coach Batton guided the Lady Eagles to the OVAC quarterfinals and the Region I finals, both for the third straight season. The Eagles have won 54 and lost only 23 in the three-year span. Baker led the Lady ‘Cats to a 10-15 record and finished runnerup to Cameron in the Region I final. Cameron went on to capture runnerup status in the Class A state championship.
The Lady Wildcat catcher, Vicki Yurisko, led Wetzel County with a .429 batting average. She was very successful in throwing out base runners at any base. At bat, she added 11 doubles, one triple, and brought home 16 Lady ‘Cats to score.
All-County First Team honors go to Lady Eagles Tori Tharp, Corinne Murdock, and Abbey Horner and Lady ‘Cat Amber Palmer.
Tharp, a freshman, tossed 97-2/3 innings, striking out 141 batters and walking only 23. Murdock swung heavy timber for the Blue with a .329 batting average. She smacked two home runs, scored 19 runs, and had several sacrifices. Murdock also drilled a bases-loaded triple in the West Virginia vs Ohio All-Star game that sealed the victory for West Virginia.
The final Eagle earning All-Wetzel County Team honors is Lady Eagle outfielder Abbey Horner, who tracked down any ball within her grasp. She batted .292 and tied Murdock for the most home runs in the county with two. She scored 20 runs and had 14 stolen bases.
The third Wildcat to earn her way into the prestigious Wetzel County lineup is Amber Palmer. She, like Horner, controlled the outfield and sacrificed her body, time and time again, to catch flies in the outfield. At the plate, Palmer drilled 20 hits, while batting .270 and led the county with 21 runs and 33 stolen bases.
Lumberjills Brittany Guthrie, Heidi Shaw, and Aly Weber also earned spots on the All-County Team.
Guthrie was solid at shortstop for the ‘Jills. She didn’t have many errors on the season with the most chances. At the dish, she batted .346 with 15 hits and two doubles, while stealing 13 bases.
Shaw led the ‘Jills with a .389 batting average, good for third in the county. She drilled 17 singles, five doubles, one triple, and stole 11 bases, while driving in 10 ‘Jill base runners.
Weber has been a integral part of the Lumberjill offense for four seasons. She held down first base and led the county with five triples. She also pounded out 14 hits, three doubles, and drove in 10 RBIs. Weber also contributed 10 stolen bases.
Three Hundred players also were tabbed for the All-Wetzel County Team. Raven McDiffitt led the Lady Hornets with a .333 batting average. She had 14 singles and stole eight bases. Mindy Lemley followed with a .323 batting average and stole 11 bases.
Jordyn Gorby was the Hornets’ top pitcher, but it was her bat that secured her a spot on the All County Team. She had a .278 batting average, with a pair of doubles and a triple while stealing eight bases and knocking in six runs.
Several girls made Honorable Mention, including Lindsay Burley of Hundred, Dominique Craft of Paden City, Kayla Cecil of Valley, and Bree Carr of Magnolia.