2014 All-Outlook softball teamPublished 10:26am Monday, June 9, 2014
2014 saw growing pains for some, flashes of potential for others and a marathon of a close for one team on the diamond.
Filled with youth and inexperience, the Benjamin Russell Lady Wildcats struggled for much of the season, but clutch play toward season’s end vaulted them into the playoffs where the Lady ‘Cats went 1-2, losing to Shelby County, rebounding to annihilate Demopolis and coming up short versus Briarwood Christian
As they expect to field a much more experienced team next season, optimism abounds for the girls in the maroon and white.
Inconsistent play derailed Dadeville’s bid to return to the playoffs, but that didn’t keep some of the Lady Tigers from having standout seasons on the field.
Horseshoe Bend, for much of the season, appeared as a legitimate contender for the Class 2A state championship.
After running through their area tournament behind the pitching of K-Rae Blasingame combined with timely offensive explosions, the Lady Generals appeared poised for a trip to Montgomery.
But after facing sudden death following day one of regional tournament play, the Lady Generals valiantly fought to keep their season alive before running out of gas versus Goshen in the consolation bracket final.
The Lady Cougars of Central High School -Coosa County returned to the regional playoffs, but with one of the most unenviable draws of all playoff teams – the Lady Cougars opened up their slate against White Plains, the team that entered the playoffs ranked No. 1 in Class 3A – Central – Coosa’s stay in the postseason was unfortunately brief.
The Reeltown Lady Rebels were able to claim runner-up in their area tournament, and despite losing to Goshen in the opening round of regionals, rebounded for one of the most dominant single-game performances by a team in the postseason, tagging Luverne for 20 runs in a victory. Reeltown was unable to springboard off that game for momentum as the Lady Rebels’ season ended at the hands of Central-Hayneville.
In all, four area teams clinched playoff berths, and along the way a select few players rose above the rest with their on-field displays of excellence.
For their top-tier play, we present this season’s All-Outlook softball team.
2014 All-Outlook Softball Team
P K-Rae Blasingame (Fr.), HBHS (23-13 W/L, 1.30 ERA, 276 K, 11 wins via shutout)
P Jodie Caldwell (Sr.), DHS (12-9 W/L, 2.25 ERA, 132 K)
P Taylor Hutto (Jr.), BRHS (160 IP, 93 K)
IF Sydney Meadows (Jr.), HBHS (33 runs scored, 15 RBI)
IF Erin Vickers (Jr.), HBHS (.297 BA, 23 RBI)
IF Codie Compton (Sr.), CCHS
IF Kelsey Jaye (8th), RHS
OF Alexis Flowers (Sr.), BRHS (.354 BA, 15 RBI, 16 SB)
OF Rachel Hall (So.), HBHS (.910 FLD %)
C Britney Rice (So.), DHS (.340 BA, 31 H, 10 RBI, five doubles)
DH Shelby Rice (So.), DHS (One of the Lady Tigers’ most dependable hitters, particularly in key moments)
UTIL Cookie Kelley (Sr.), BRHS (.405 BA, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 21 runs scored, 11 SB)
UTIL Kristen Tolbert (Jr.), DHS (Hit .320 and was a defensive stalwart for Lady Tigers)
P Jalee KIng, RHS
C Taylor Walton (Fr.), HBHS (26 runs scored)
IF Kayli Hornsby, RHS
UTIL Addie Phillips (Jr.), CCHS