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Lady Pirates honored for strong season

The Pike County High School softball team held their banquet on Wednesday evening at the Ole Opry House in Hollonville.

The Lady Pirates began the evening with a meal and then proceeded with recognizing their junior varsity and varsity teams. 

The Lady Pirates finished their season with an overall record of 20-14 and reached the GHSA Elite Eight state tournament in Columbus for the third time in a row.

Coach Meghan Penland and coach Don Hanson introduced the junior varsity team and presented them with certificates of participation for the season. 

Coach Kevin Mobley then recognized the varsity players while coach Hanson and Penland presented the girls with their varsity letters and certificates. 

The coaches recognized All-Region selections. The region 2-AAA Offensive Player of the Year was sophomore Austin Rae King and the region 2-AAA Pitcher of the Year was freshman Kerrah Foster.

The Pirates also landed five other members on the first team in infielders Marissa Hanson (junior), Lily Alpough (junior) and Callie Williams (senior). Aubree Reese (sophomore) was lauded as first team catcher and Linzie Davis (freshman) as a first team outfielder. 

The Lady Pirates also were able to add two members to the second team with outfielder Katelyn Skinner (junior) and pitcher Victoria Dilbeck (senior).

“These players put up great numbers this season during region play and the other coaches recognized this,” said Mobley.

The team awards for the season were then announced and coach Mobley started with the Coach’s Award.

“This first award goes to a player that gives you everything she has while in between those lines,” he said. “This player is going to have a monster senior season and I can’t wait to see her development. This award went to centerfielder Katelyn Skinner. Our second Coach’s Award goes to our do everything player and definite leader, Callie Williams.” 

Coach Mobley then presented the Silver Slugger Award. 

“This award goes to the player with the highest OPS for the team and that went to sophomore, Austin Rae King,” he said.

The final award was the Quality-at-Bats award which went to the player who had the highest percentage of Quality-at-Bats through the year – Austin Rae King.

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