All-County fast-pitch, baseball announced

TIPPAH COUNTY – The 2009 all-county teams of fast pitch softball and baseball are comprised of young budding stars and seniors who have wowed fans for four years. All of the players gave Tippah County sports fans a lot to cheer about this season and are very deserving of this honor. Editor’s notes: The coaches submitted nominations, and selections were made by Kedrick Storey, Southern Sentinel sports writer. (GG) indicates that the player was selected by the coach as the best defensive player. Fast-Pitch Coach of the Year Brad Pounders, Pine Grove: In his first season as head coach, Pounders guided a very young Lady Panthers team to a 10-11 record and a first round sweep of Hickory Flat. Most Value Player Camille Smith, Ripley: Pitching is the most important aspect of fast-pitch softball and for that reason, Smith was named the county’s most valuable player for the second year in a row. Ripley coach Trent Adair called Smith’s pitching “dominant” at times and said the senior gave his team, “a chance in every ballgame.” In January, Smith signed a letter of intent to play at Northeast Mississippi Community College. Freshman of the Year Jesse Collins, Pine Grove: Collins burst onto the fast-pitch softball scene this year as the starting pitcher in all 21 games for the Pine Grove Lady Panthers. Collins posted a 10-11 record, including a 3-2 record in the playoffs. The freshman had a 2.64 ERA and 92 strike-outs. Baseball Coach of the Year Carl Rowell, Falkner: Under Rowell’s leadership, the Eagles (16-4) finished second in Division 1-1A and advanced past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in 27 years. Most Valuable Player Will Robertson, Falkner: Robertson played shortstop for the Eagles, but he did most of his damage on the mound, posting a 7-2 record. In the Eagles’ first-round sweep of Hickory Flat, Robertson tossed a no-hitter to clinch the series. He also batted .540 on the season and was a perfect 11 of 11 in stolen base attempts. Freshman of the Year Austin Hamilton, Ripley: Only an 8th grader, Hamilton was used in a utility role for Coach Jamie Russell and the Ripley Tigers. Hamilton’s duties included pinch running and pitch hitting, but he also saw time at second base and centerfield. Fast-Pitch Team Tara Bridges (GG), Falkner Kayla Bryan, Falkner Chelsea Dunnam, Falkner Alecia Bellew, Pine Grove Leslie Hopkins, Pine Grove Bryana Davis, Pine Grove Candace Davis (GG), Pine Grove Carlee Benson, Ripley Camille Smith (GG), Ripley Anna Hamilton, Ripley Olivia Robinson, Walnut Sheridan Kee, Walnut Erica Clifton (GG), Walnut Rebecca Robinson, Walnut Baseball Team Sam Lockhart (GG), Falkner Orlando Maldonado, Falkner Landon Moore, Falkner Jonathan Lambert, Falkner Jamie Carter,Falkner Deven Settlemires, Falkner Jimmy Spires, Pine Grove Trent Collins, Pine Grove Dylan Hill, Pine Grove Jacob Ralph, Pine Grove Josh Smart, Pine Grove Chase Chapman, Ripley Will Wallis, Ripley Chanston Jeter, Ripley Jonathan Morrison (GG), Ripley Zach Jones, Ripley Jase Wilbanks, Ripley Brad Savage, Walnut Will Gunn (GG), Walnut Cody Wells, Walnut

Kedrick Storey/Southern Sentinel