The Pisgah softball team captured another Class 3A state championship last month, and a number of the players who helped the Eagles accomplish that feat have been named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2019 Class 3A All-State Softball Team.
Senior outfielder Kaylee Vaught and sophomore utility player Hannah Duncan were named Class 3A first-team all-state while junior pitcher Leigha Kirby, sophomore pitcher Kennedy Barron and freshman outfielder Lila Kate Wheeler were named second-team all-state and senior shortstop Annie Hughes was an honorable mention.
Vaught, a UAH signee, was also named the ASWA’s Class 3A Player of the Year. The four-time first-team all-state selection finished her senior season by leading the Eagles in batting average (.470), on-base percentage (.516), hits (94), home runs (21), RBIs (62) and runs scored (74). She also 22 doubles, three triples, eight stolen bases and drew 19 walks. Vaught, who also the 2017 Class 3A Hitter of the Year, finished her high school playing days with 57 career home runs.
Duncan, who played catcher and third base for Pisgah, picked up her first all-state selection after batting .426 with 72 hits, 13 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 41 RBIs, 39 runs, 20 walks, 18 stolen bases and a .474 on-base percentage.
Kirby also earned her first all-state selection. The 2019 Class 3A State Tournament MVP finished 24-6 with two saves in the circle, posting a 3.01 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning) and recording 180 strikeouts in 177 innings pitched.
Barron earned her all-state recognition for the fourth straight year — she was an honorable mention as seventh grader, was first-team in 2017 and second-team the past two seasons — after going 23-4 with five saves. The Duke commit had a 1.84 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP while recording 156 strikeouts in 156 innings. At the plate, Barron batted .417 with 75 hits, 25 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 53 RBIs, 45 runs and a .451 on-base percentage.
Wheeler, a first-time all-state selection who has been a starter for the Eagles since the seventh grade, batted .422 with 70 hits, 14 doubles, seven triples, four home runs, 45 RBIs, 49 runs, 20 stolen bases and a .449 on-base percentage.
Hughes earned an all-state softball honorable mention nod in the same season in which she was the ASWA’s Miss Basketball Award winner, the Class 3A Girls Basketball Player of the Year and became a three-time first-team all-state basketball players. The Auburn basketball signee finished her senior softball season by batting .377 with 63 hits, 10 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, 15 walks, 38 RBIs, 46 runs and a .432 on-base percentage.
Scottsboro freshman outfielder Lexie Bennett was a Class 5A second-team all-state selection for the second straight season.
Bennett, who also saw some time in the pitching circle for the Wildcats, had a .507 batting average and a .544 on-base percentage. She had 70 hits, five double, three triples, nine RBIs and 45 stolen bases and 50 runs.
North Jackson senior left-handed pitcher Josie Thompson earned her third all-state selection. She was a first-team selection in 2018 and 2019 and a second team pick in 2016 while receiving an honorable mention nod in 2017.
Thompson posted a 22-5 record with a 2.35 ERA and 1.03 WHIP while helping the Chiefs finish third in the Class 4A state tournament. The Wallace State signee had nine shutouts and two no-hitters while totaling 156 strikeouts in 140 innings pitched. Thompson played in the outfield went she wasn’t pitching and led North Jackson with a .517 batting average and a .567 on-base percentage. She had 62 hits, 23 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 58 RBIs, 21 runs and 18 walks.
North Jackson catcher Amber Atkins was an honorable mention as a designated hitter. The Cleveland State signee, a second-team all-state pick as a designated hitter last season, finished the 2019 campaign by batting .464 with a .568 on-base percentage, 51 hits, eight doubles, one triple, nine home runs, 17 walks and 57 RBIs.
Skyline senior outfielder Madison Smith was selected Class 1A second-team all-state. An all-state honorable mention in 2017 as a sophomore, Smith finished her senior season with a .455 batting average and a .500 on-base percentage. She had 35 hits and scored 30 runs while driving in 14 and stealing 13 bases.
Bellomy, a sophomore, was a Class 1A honorable mention as an infielder for the second time. She had a .479 batting average and a .513 on-base percentage while recording 30 RBIs and scoring 17 runs.