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All Reggie Team: Softball
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
Oct 24, 2013 | 160 views | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 2013 softball season is in the history books for Carroll and Montgomery Counties.

This year's softball season was a memorable one for the Carroll Academy Lady Rebels, Winona High School Lady Tigers and the Winona Christian Lady Stars.

In the Mississippi Association for Independent Schools, both the Lady Rebels and the Lady Stars competed in the North AA and North A playoffs, respectively.

In the Mississippi High School Athletic Association, the Lady Tigers made the playoffs for the sixth straight season under head coach Percy Legg.

The Lady Rebels had their best season in school history winning 27 games. The Lady Rebels managed to get deep into the Class A playoff picture, falling to Benton Academy.

It was also a great season for the Lady Stars, but the Lady Stars came up short in their effort of hoisting a third straight district title. The Lady Stars finished the season with 20 wins.

The Lady Tigers, loaded with a lot of young talent, finished the season at 14-8 before heading into the 3A playoffs last week. The Lady Tigers saw their season come to an end at the hands of Mooreville last week.

Leading this year's pitchers was four-year starter Mary Kendall Ware. Ware is the first four-time athlete on the All-Reggie Team and finished the season with an ERA nearly under one. This was Ware's final season for the Winona Lady Stars.

Ware's 2013 season consisted of a 1.03 ERA and over 100 strikeouts. At the plate, Ware had over a dozen RBIs.

For the Carroll Academy Lady Rebels, Hope Clanton was the ace for Rusty Miller's squad. Clanton's 2.31 ERA was among the top in the district.

The Winona Tigers' Mary Ashton Thornburg was stellar in the infield for Percy Legg and Randy Marchant. Thornburg gives the coaches high hopes for next season as one of the best contact hitters in North 3A. Thornburg hit just over .600 in her 2013 season.

In her first year at Winona Christian, it was Caitlyn Castille who had a breakout season. Castille had a .453 batting average on the season with a district leading 31 RBIs and scored 11 runs. Castille is the first player since C.J. Hodges and Maurice Rivers to make the All Reggie Team for two different schools.

Senior Taylor Thornton was the top offensive player for the Rebels and won tops in 2-A play posting a .530 batting average. The Lady Rebels center fielder had 35 stolen bases and 46 runs on the season.

Adrianne Eskridge for the Lady Tigers was a defensive leader for Winona this season. Eskridge hit over .400 this season.

Lady Stars senior Harley Rawls finished the season with a .370 batting average and was one of the clutch hitters for Montgomery's team in 2013. Rawls had 28 RBIs on the season and had a slugging percentage of around .530.

When it comes to clutch players, Cori McCrary, the Lady Rebels third baseman, finished the season with only one strikeout. McCrary batted .472 and finished as the district's top defensive player. McCrary's teammate Ashtyn Carpenter also batted over .400, finishing the season with a .423 batting average and 21 RBIs.

Winona Lady Tiger Lexie Flowers was stellar and settled at the first base spot. Flowers finished the season batting in the .350 range. At Winona Christian, Sara Grace Flatt's 22 runs scored and .322 batting average was enough for Montgomery's team.

Miller said Madison Womble's play at shortstop was unmatched, and she could make plays no one else could make. Womble finished the season batting .300 and 19 RBIs. This is Womble's second ART nod.

Lady Tiger Whitney Shaw also gets the ART nod finishing her season with a .300 average for the district winning Winona team.
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