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Introducing the 2016 All-County Softball Team

Shelby Daniel of Starr’s Mill is the All-County Hitter of the Year, and Sarah Middleton is the Pitcher of the Year.

An excellent softball season is in the books, meaning it’s time for our annual All-County awards, selected from among the nominations of coaches.
The successful year was highlighted by the performance of three teams in particular. Region 3 in Class AAAAA was dominated by local schools, as they would claim three of the region’s four playoff seeds. McIntosh made the postseason, losing to the eventual third place team in round one. Both Whitewater and Starr’s Mill qualified for the Elite Eight and the championship tournament in Columbus. The Panthers would end up eliminating the Wildcats and placing fourth overall, an awesome season for a team with just one senior.
That lone Starr’s Mill senior was a special one. Shelby Daniel is our Hitter of the Year. For the season, the outfielderl hit .452 with a .513 on-base percentage, with 8 home runs and 39 RBI. Daniel was at her best when the Panthers needed her most. During the postseason, she mashed 6 home runs and drove in 13 runs to spark her team. She even moved to catcher as needed at times during the playoffs.
Whitewater’s do-it-all star Sarah Middleton is our Pitcher of the Year. Middleton pitched 125 innings, compiling an 18-4 record, 1.35 ERA, 130 strikeouts, and just 20 walks. She did it with her bat too, hitting .374 with 1 home run and 23 RBI.
The All-County First Team kicks off behind the plate. Because there is just so much talent at catcher in the county, there has to be more than one. Rikkelle Miller of Fayette County is joined by Kate Ashmore of Starr’s Mill. Miller, a junior, absolutely smoked opposing pitching when they weren’t afraid to pitch to her, hitting .782. She hit 6 home runs, drove in 24 runs, and drew 8 walks in just 31 at-bats. Miller also stole 14 bases. Ashmore posted a .424 average, a .527 OBP, 5 home runs, 25 RBI, and 10 stolen bases for the Panthers.
The infield is made up of Laura Sellers and Emily Nieuwstraten of Starr’s Mill and Katelyn Perry and Ruth Jones of Whitewater. Sellers, a sophomore, hit .446 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI. Nieuwstraten, a junior, hit .333 with 20 RBI. Perry, a junior, hit .495 with 6 home runs, 25 RBI, and 10 stolen bases. Jones, a senior, hit .360 with 22 RBI.
The outfield is composed of Whitewater’s Bailey Vessell and Lauren King, along with Shelby Daniel. Vessell, a sophomore, hit .455 with 15 RBI and 20 stolen bases. King, a senior, hit .386 with 4 home runs and 30 RBI.
The pitching staff sees Sarah Middleton joined by Starr’s Mill’s Paige Andrews and Wakana Sato. Andrews, a freshman, posted a 10-5 record with a 2.46 ERA in 82 innings. Sato, a sophomore, went 13-5 with a 3.58 ERA in 84 innings. Sato also hit .348 with 1 home run and 10 RBI.
The First Team is rounded out by DeLayne Rotolo of McIntosh as an all-around player. Rotolo was the ace of the Chiefs as they raced to the postseason and also an infielder. It was at the plate where she did the most damage, hitting .348 with 18 RBI and 5 stolen bases in 66 at bats.
There is plenty of talent left for the Second Team.
Erica Bowers of Sandy Creek and Hayley Gill of McIntosh are the catchers. Bowers, a junior, paced the Patriots with a .613 average and 10 RBI in 31 at bats. Gill, a junior, hit .286 with 19 RBI.
The infield is made up of Jordan Roy of Whitewater, Meagan McCamphill of McIntosh, and Starr’s Mill’s Alyssa Angelo and Jordan Childress. Roy, a senior, hit .301 with 10 RBI in 73 at bats. McCamphill, a junior, hit. 302 with 9 RBI in 63 at bats. Angelo, a sophomore, hit .303 with 1 home run and 17 RBI. Childress, a junior, hit .317 with 2 home runs and 19 RBI.
The outfield is composed of Carly Grove of Whitewater and Starr’s Mill’s Lea Duben and Kennedy Dennis. Grove, a senior, hit .327 with 5 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Duben, a sophomore, hit .333 with 8 RBI and 22 stolen bases. Dennis, a junior, hit .319 with 16 RBI.
The pitching staff is made up of Kinsey Sords of Whitewawter, Bridgette Arquette of Sandy Creek, and India Martin of Fayette County. Sords, a junior, pitched 40 innings, compiling a 6-3 record with 38 strikeouts and a 2.50 ERA. She also hit .351 with 1 home run and 15 RBI. Arquette, a senior, and Martin were the aces for their respective teams, taking the mound every game.
Samantha Coffey of McIntosh and Jaila Lewis of Sandy Creek round out the Second Team as an all-around players. Coffey, who made All-Region First Team as outfielder, was a senior leader for the Chiefs, always willing to lay down a sacrifice bunt for the better of her team, while also driving in 8 runs. Lewis, a senior who could play third base or outfield, hit .333 with 6 RBI.
There is still talent deserving of recognition. The Honorable Mentions are Alexys Buffington of Whitewater, Andie Hume of McIntosh, Makaela Sigler of Starr’s Mill, Rasheedah Hasan of Fayette County, and Summer Dorsey and Rachel Bryant of Our Lady of Mercy.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.