Appalachian Newspapers All-Mountain Team

Tug Valley freshman Autumn Hall delivers a pitch in action earlier this season. Hall was named to the Appalachian Newspapers Inc. All-Mountain First Team. Hall was also a Top Five nominee for Player of the Year.

The Appalachian Newspapers All Mountain Softball team is selected from the teams in the coverage areas of the Appalachian News-Express, the Floyd Chronicle and Times, the Paintsville Herald, the Hazard Herald and the Mingo Messenger.

Appalachian Newspapers’ Randy White, Steve LeMaster, Trevor Thacker and Joshua Blankenship selected the team.

To watch the discussion about the All-Mountain Team see episode 35 of the Bank On It podcast on our YouTube channel.

Coach of The Year

Brandi Jo Howard

Pikeville

Howard had a lot on her plate during her first year as head coach. She took over a young team that had won the two previous 15th Region titles and the last five 15th Region All “A” Classic championships. Howard helped Pikeville keep the15th All “A” Classic streak alive as she led the Lady Panthers to their sixth straight title. Pikeville won the 59th District title and advanced to the 15th Region semifinals. Pikeville finished the season with a 26-12 record in her first season. Pikeville graduated four seniors, but the bulk of the lineup will be back.

Coach of the Year

nominees

Derrick Newsome

Pike Central

Newsome had huge first season at Pike Central as well. The Lady Hawks advanced to their first-ever 15th Region championship game. Newsome led Pike Central to an 18-20 record this season and the 60th District championship.

Bobby Ratliff

Perry Central

Ratliff led the Lady Commodores to an 17-15 record. Perry Central won the 54th District championship and advanced to the 14th Region championship before falling to Wolfe County.

Randy Keeton

Paintsville

Keeton and the Lady Tigers finished with their third straight 20-win season. The Lady Tigers fell to Johnson Central in an 1-0 game in 10 innings in the 57th District championship. Paintsville had a good mix of youth and veteran talent on the roster.

Rocky Hall  

Tug Valley

Tug Valley had a big season. The Lady Panthers finished with a 22-12 record under the leadership of Hall. His daughter, freshman pitcher, Autumn Hall was named to the All-State Team in West Virginia.

Co-Players of the Year

Chloe VanHoose

Johnson Central

VanHoose came on for the Lady Golden Eagles late in the season. She had a strong season throughout, but she was dominant in the second half of the season. On the mound, VanHoose finished with a 20-7 record with 234 strikeouts and 1.62 earned run average.

At the plate, she hit .368 with 30 RBIs, 10 doubles and a home run.

VanHoose helped lead the Lady Golden Eagles to the 57th District championship and 15th Region title as well.

Emily Ford

Pikeville

As a freshman, Ford had a big season for the Lady Panthers.

Ford finished the season in the circle with a 15-9 record with 242 strikeouts and a 2.25 earned run average in 155 and 1/3 innings of work.

At the plate, Ford had a .319 batting average with 27 RBIs, eight doubles, a triple and eight stolen bases.

Player of the

Year nominees

Autumn Hall

Tug Valley

Hall was named First Team All-State for Class A by the West Virginia Sports Writers. Hall had a big freshman season as she finished with an 18-15 record. Hall had a 1.97 earned run average and struck out 327 batters on the season. At the plate, she hit .354 with 32 RBIs and she scored 37 runs.

Randi Delong

Pikeville

Delong had a monster eight-grade season for the Lady Panthers. Delong hit .464 on the season with 46 RBIs, 11 doubles, three triples and seven home runs. Delong hit for both power and average. She was a nightmare for opposing pitchers.

Kailee Rash

Belfry

Rash had a big season for the Lady Pirates.

The senior compiled a 22-7 record with 194 strikeouts and a 2.52 earned run average in 186 innings of work. Rash signed to play college softball at Ohio Valley University.

All Mountain

First Team

P Autumn Hall

Tug Valley

P Kailee Rash

Belfry

P Lily Napier

Shelby Valley

P Anna Keeton

Paintsville

C Morgan Hopson

Johnson Central

INF Randi Delong

Pikeville

INF Kendal Hall

Pikeville

INF Tori Hampton

Shelby Valley

INF Skylar Stumbo

Pike Central

OF Alaina Castle

Johnson Central

OF Alyssa Newsome

Tug Valley

OF Bailey Birchfield

Pike Central

UTL Danielle Prater

Phelps

UTL Alyssa Hedrick

Johnson Central

UTL Kayleigh Thomas Pike Central

All Mountain

Second Team

P Kim Hughes

Perry Central

P Maddie Vaughn

Pike Central

P Allie Triplett

Lawrence County

P Hannah Blankenship Phelps

C Emily Hatfield

Tug Valley

INF Kelcie Adams

Pikeville

INF Clara Blair

Paintsville

INF Kelsi Slone

East Ridge

INF Jordan Mulcahy Paintsville

OF Taylor Newsome

Shelby Valley

OF Elizabeth Williams Paintsville

OF Emily Eversole

Perry Central

UTL Jamie Pollard

Perry Central

UTL Kailey Dixon

Hazard

UTL Olivia Whitfield Pikeville

All Mountain

Third Team

P Hannah Akers

Pikeville

P Caitlyn Coleman

East Ridge

P Katelyn Bingham

Prestonsburg

P Beth Joseph

Magoffin County

C Maggie Hall

Shelby Valley

INF Katie Moore

Floyd Central

INF Paula Dotson

Belfry

INF Kyra Looney

East Ridge

INF Emily Deaton

Belfry

OF Angel Newsome

Shelby Valley

OF Kylea Stanley

Belfry

OF Kennedi Stacy

Magoffin County

UTL Maddie Collins

Hazard

UTL Lacie Davidson

Hazard

UTL Bailey Joe Stiltner Pikeville

Honorable Mention

Bethany Tackett

East Ridge

Courtney Standifur

East Ridge

Lauren Watkins

Betsy Layne

Amelia Blackburn

Betsy Layne

Allison Campbell

Prestonsburg

Hailey Neace

Prestonsburg

Kaleigh Baisden

Mingo Central

Zoe Evans

Mingo Central

Hannah Hopkins

Tug Valley

Abigail Spence

Tug Valley

Ginna Jones

Pikeville

Katelyn Fitch

Johnson Central

Abby Fannin

Johnson Central

Brooke Stumbo

Floyd Central

Grace Martin

Floyd Central

Summer Marcum

Pike Central

Brittany Ray

Pike Central

Ava Hyden

Paintsville

Abigail Williams

Paintsville

Maddie Ratliff

Paintsville

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