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Lady Pirates softball team, athletes honored

The Pike County High School Lady Pirates played a dominating season of softball, finishing in the top six in the state playoffs and ranked #4 in the state and the team’s individual accomplishments were recently celebrated, including four college scholarships. 

Bailee Brown, Shelby Duncan, Emma Smith and Madi Neal all took part in scholarship celebrations on College Signing Day Nov. 29 at the high school. Bailee Brown and Shelby Duncan signed scholarships to play with Young Harris and Madi Neal and Emma Smith signed scholarships to play with Gordon State College. 

“These four ladies have worked hard over the past four years on the field and in the classroom to earn this opportunity to continue their playing careers at the next level. I know they will represent Pike County and our softball program well as they move on to these two colleges,” said head softball coach Kevin Mobley. 

The Lady Pirates were rewarded for their hard work all season long at the team’s annual end of year banquet recently.

“It has been a special two seasons with back-to-back trips to Columbus. We have had a third and sixth place finish and these girls have been amazing. We graduate nine girls from this year’s team, and even though they are great athletes and softball players they are even better people. We have a solid core group returning next year who were on this team and will be looked upon to provide leadership into the off-season and over the summer as we prepare to defend our region championship,” said coach Mobley. “I want to thank the community for their support of our girls and our program. There is not a better community to work in.”

 Junior Callie Williams earned the team’s Silver Slugger Award, Quality at Bats Award and was named Region 2-AAA First Team All-Region and Georgia Athletic Coaches Association AAA 1st Team All-State. She also made the GACA Jr. North/South All-Star Game that will be played at the University of West Georgia on June 6-7. 

“Callie had an exceptional junior campaign and was rewarded for it. She led our team with a .500 batting average and hit .700 throughout the playoffs,” said coach Mobley.  

Senior Bailee Brown was named 1st Team All-Region and GACA 1st Team All-State. 

“Bailee was a terror all season for our opponents on the bases. She achieved a goal she set of stealing a 100 career bases this season when she swiped base 30 on the season. She ended the season with 32 steals and 102 for her career,” said coach Mobley. “She finished this season with a .467 average, .443 (177 for 399) batting average for her four years, and hit .833 in Columbus going 10 for 12 with six stolen bases.”

Senior Madi Neal was named Region 2-AAA Offensive Player of the Year which placed her on the 1st Team All-Region. 

“Madi is the picture of consistency at the plate and in the field,” said coach Mobley. “She hit .463 for her senior season and .435 (156 for 359) for her four year career.” 

Senior Emma Smith was named 1st Team All-Region. 

“Emma finished her season with a .410 batting average and provided great defense in the out field,” said coach Mobley. 

 Senior Shelby Duncan was named the Region 2-AAA Player of the Year which placed her on the 1st Team All-Region and she was also named GACA 2nd Team All-State. 

“Shelby has truly developed into a true power threat at the plate. She finished with a .407 average, 6 homeruns, and 42 runs batted in. Shelby ended her career at Pike County with a .419 (121-289) average and 100 RBI,” said coach Mobley.

Senior Jamie Corbin was named to the 1st Team All-Region.

“Jamie finished the season with a .319 BA. She also went 8-1 with a 3.31 ERA in the circle for the Lady Pirates,” said coach Mobley. 

Senior Alana Crenshaw earned the PC Softball Gold Glove Award and was named the Region 2-AAA Defensive Player of the Year which placed her on 1st Team All-Region and GACA 2nd Team All-State. 

“Alana changed the game from the defensive side of it. She was our standout catcher for the past four years. She hit .376 on the season and .338 for her career. The amazing stat is teams only attempted 14 stolen bases all season and she threw out 8 of those officially (we have picture proof that two who were called safe were actually out),” said coach Mobley.  

Seniors Madison Neal, Alana Crenshaw and Shelby Duncan were also selected to play in the GA Dugout Club Senior All-State Game at Buford High School on Nov. 13.

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