2012 Daily Journal Top 10 Fastpitch softball team

By NEMS Daily Journal

This is the second year of the Daily Journal’s revamped all-area teams format. The Journal is selecting 10 players – regardless of position or classification they compete in – from its coverage area deemed to have had the best seasons in their respective sports.
With 60 some high schools in its coverage area the Daily Journal’s staff and correspondents did their best in determining which high school softball players had the most succesful fastpitch season in 2012.
The Journal’s staff contacted area coaches and other media types to seek their input on which players had standout seasons. The following is a list of the players the Journal considered to have the most successful seasons.

Coach of the Year: Keith Jernigan, Houston
Player of the Year: Haley Gravat, Houston

All-Area Team

Hallie Donald, Mooreville, 7th grade, Infielder/Pitcher
Inside Pitch: Pitching record 6-5 … 2.61 ERA … 42K … batted .390 … 25 RBI … on-base percentage .583
Coach Speak: “She stepped up and took on her role … and never looked back.” – Perry Wilburn

Hallie Frenn, Saltillo, Sr., Pitcher
Inside Pitch:
Pitching record 14-6 … 1.10 ERA … 195K … 115 inn. … 7 shutouts … batted .440 … 22 RBI
Coach Speak: “She made us really good when she was on the mound.” – Lee Buse

Haley Gravat, Houston, Sr. Pitcher
Inside Pitch:
Pitching record 34-2 … 172 strikeouts … 0.99 ERA … 12 shutouts … 1 no-hitter … batted .363 … 2 HR … career record 108-23 … 1.20 career ERA … 450 career strikeouts
Coach Speak: “She doesn’t show her emotions on the field, but she’s always in the game and wants to win.” – Keith Jernigan

Makenzie Hawkins, Nettleton, Sr. Infielder
Inside Pitch:
Batted .535 … 51 RBI … Slugging percentage .849 … fielding percentage .973
Coach Speak: “She leads by example with her approach to the game and her work ethic.” – Dana Rhea

Lesley Hudson, Hatley, Sr., Pitcher
Inside Pitch:
Pitching record 25-4 … 1.94 ERA … 148 strikeouts … batted .278 … 15 RBI
Coach Speak: “With her knowledge and understanding of the game, I can turn her loose. I know what I’m going to get.” – Chris George

Brittany Seale, North Pontotoc, Jr. Catcher
Inside Pitch:
Batted .520 … 17 doubles … 36 RBI … slugging percentage .878 … fielding percentage .968
Coach Speak: “She’s a competitor who knows the game.” – Shane Montgomery

Stennett Smith, Corinth, Jr., Pitcher
Inside Pitch:
Pitching record 15-8 … 91 strikeouts … 1.90 ERA … batted .330 … 9 doubles.
Coach Speak: “She is not just a pitcher, she is a playmaker.” – Janna LaBarreare

Erin Claire Stegall, Pontotoc, Soph., Infielder
Inside Pitch:
Batted .454 … 33 RBI … fielding percentage .917 … 2 strikeouts in 70-plus at-bats
Coach Speak: “She was our Gold Glove player at third base.” – Jessica Seager

Haley Moore, Itawamba AHS, Jr., Infielder
Inside Pitch:
Batted .473 … 19 RBI … 3 HR … stole 41 of 41 bases (state high) … slugging percentage .703 … on-base percentage .505
Coach Speak: “She’s led us in hitting since the eighth grade.” – Rodney Moore

Meagan Whitehead, Smithville, Sr., Pitcher
Inside Pitch:
Pitching record 17-4 … 75 strikeouts … 1.26 RRA … batted .402 … 28 RBI
Coach Speak: “She came back after being out three weeks with a broken hand to lead us in playoffs.” – Jeremy Duke