By a vote of the league’s coaches, the Southern Hills Athletic Conference recently announced and honored the 2014 All-League Girls Softball Team. Players were nominated by their own coaches and chosen on their performances in the 2014 season.
From Adams County, six young ladies were recognized by their coaches for their outstanding play this spring campaign. They were Jade Spriggs and Karly Boerger from North Adams High School, Mary Hinton and Natasha Barr from West Union High School, Morgan Johnson from Manchester High School, and Aubrey McFarland from Peebles High School.
Spriggs was the mainstay on the mound this season for the Lady Devils, going 11-9 and striking out 127 batters in 122 innings of work, with an earned run average of 2.07. Spriggs was also the team’s leading hitter, ending the regular season with a .390 batting average. Boerger was a steady force in center field for the Lady Devils and finished the regular season hitting at a .333 clip in 17 games.
Hinton and Barr made up a senior battery for the Lady Dragons and it was Hinton’s first All-League selection as she handled most of the pitching duties this spring for West Union. For Barr, it was a third time selection as she led the team in hitting and was a defensive stalwart behind the plate with a solid glove and a rocket arm.
Johnson was selected to the All-SHAC for the second time as one of the few left-handed throwing shortstops found in high school softball. She also hit .333, scored 16 runs, and drove in 14 for the Lady Hounds. The freshman McFarland played shortstop and anchored a very young and “dangerous in the future” squad of Lady Indians.
The remainder of the All-SHAC Softball Team was as follows: Hannah Binkley (Lynchburg), Arica Melson (Fairfield), Savannah Newman (Eastern), Claire Carson (Fayetteville), Jayde Parr (Whiteoak), Halie Chain (Fairfield), Mikayla Purdy (Eastern), Madyson Creighton (Lynchburg), Carrie Smith (Fayetteville), McKenna Hammons (Fayetteville), Shelby Smithson (Fairfield), Kiley Sosby (Whiteoak), Haley McConnaughey (Lynchburg), and Tommi Wright (Ripley).
The members of the All-SHAC squad were honored on Monday night when the league held its Spring Sports Awards at Peebles High School.