G.W. Long’s Libby Baker, Rehobeth’s Stephanie Schoonover and Wicksburg’s Emily Boin all had dominating seasons this past year for their teams.
The trio’s dominance was recognized by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as Baker received the Class 2A Hitter and Player of the Year awards and Schoonover and Boin the top pitching honors in Class 5A and 3A, respectively, in voting by the ASWA, which released its all-state softball team today. The three were also chosen as first-team all-state selections.
The ASWA also tabbed Wicksburg head coach Nathan Rainey as the Class 3A Coach of the Year.
Overall, the Dothan Eagle coverage area had 29 players honored by the ASWA as a first team, second team or honorable mention all-state selection. Thirteen were chosen first team, up from last year’s eight total.
The list of first-team all-state selections was highlighted by three players from Class 2A state champion G.W. Long. Savanna Wood and Dallas Potter were the other Rebels honored in addition to Baker.
Three teams – Northview, Rehobeth and Kinston – had two first-team honorees. Jaala Torrence and K.J. Braswell were the Northview first teamers in Class 6A. Schoonover and Sydney Pybus were first-team selections in Class 5A for Rehobeth and Courtney Lunsford and Faith Peters represented Kinston on the 1A first team.
Also earning first team were Dale County’s Joanna Marshall in Class 4A, Providence Christian’s Carlee Colbert and Wicksburg’s Boin in Class 3A and Geneva County’s Abby Land in Class 2A.
Baker, Torrence, Schoonover and Boin were named first team all-state for a third straight year.
Earning second-team accolades from the ASWA were Northview’s Collier Peaden in Class 6A and Rehobeth’s Blake Gibson in 5A along with five players in Class 3A – Opp’s Graceanne Spears, Providence Christian’s Emma Houston, Geneva’s Anslee Finch, Houston Academy’s Mattie Havas and Wicksburg’s Ashton White. Pike Liberal Arts’ Grace Rushing was named second team in AISA.
Eight area players were chosen honorable mention all state, including four in Class 2A – Samson’s Caylee Johnson, Goshen’s Kate Warrick, Geneva County’s Lexie Davis and G.W. Long’s Makenna Long. The others were Northview’s Rayleigh Thagard in Class 6A plus Ashford’s Madison Brown, Headland’s Ainslie Condrey and Dale County’s Liz Rodebaugh in Class 4A.
Baker, a senior and Troy signee, dominated opposing teams both in hitting and pitching and was placed on the 2A all-state first team at the utility spot to reflect her dominance in both areas. The excellence in the two areas landed her 2A Player of the Year.
As a pitcher, she was 20-1 with five saves, a 0.27 ERA and 271 strikeouts in 130 innings. She threw 16 shutouts, five no-hitters and four perfect games in helping G.W. Long to a 53-3 record and the Class 2A state title.
She was mostly known, though, for her record-setting year on offense that included a state and national record of 37 homers. The home run total also gave her the state and national record for career homers with 87.
Baker finished this year with a .559 batting average and .637 on-base percentage. She also drove in 101 runs, the fifth most in state history, and scored 72 runs. She walked 32 times and struck out only six times in 181 at-bats.
Those offensive totals helped make Baker an easy choice for 2A Hitter of the Year.
Rehobeth’s Schoonover, a junior who has verbally committed to Kentucky, earned 5A Pitcher of the Year after amassing a 22-6 record with one save and a 1.34 ERA in helping the Rebels to state runner-up honors. She also struck out 296 and threw three no-hitters. Her 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings was tops among 5A pitchers.
Wicksburg’s Boin, a senior who has signed to play at Shelton State, finished with a 27-13 record with one save and a 1.85 ERA. She also had a 0.86 WHIP (26 walks/155 hits in 211 2/3 innings), and struck out 318 and walked just 26.
Wicksburg’s Rainey guided the Panthers to a 47-16 record and to Class 3A state runner-up honors. The 47 wins were a school record and the state runner-up was the highest finish in any sport at Wicksburg’s history.
Jaala Torrence, Northview, junior, Class 6A pitcher: Torrence had a 29-6 record with one save, a 1.29 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP (53 walks, 100 hits in 189 2/3 innings). She earned a Wiregrass-best 332 strikeouts in 189 2/3 innings and walked 53. She pitched five shutouts and two no-hitters.
K.J. Braswell, Northview junior, Class 6A infielder: Braswell, a shortstop, hit .467 (78-of-180) and had a .510 on-base percentage with 13 homers, 94 RBIs (second most in Wiregrass) and 22 doubles. She was also 11-of-13 on stolen bases.
Sydney Pybus, Rehobeth senior, Class 5A outfielder: Pybus hit .403 (52-of-129) and had a .483 on-base percentage with 13 homers, 53 RBIs, 40 runs scored and 10 doubles. She was 4-of-4 on stolen bases.
Joanna Marshall, Dale County freshman, Class 4A outfielder: Marshall hit .508 (91-of-179) and had a .544 on base percentage with 78 runs, 33 RBIs, 54 steals, seven doubles and nine triples. The 91 hits, 78 runs and 54 steals were the most in 4A and the nine triples tied for most in 4A.
Carlee Colbert, Providence Christian senior, Class 3A outfielder: Colbert hit .487 (58-of-119) and had a .537 on-base percentage with 28 RBIs, 34 runs, six doubles, five triples and was 28-of-28 in stolen bases.
Savanna Wood, G.W. Long senior, Class 2A pitcher: Wood finished with a 17-2 record with three saves, a 1.34 ERA and 0.79 WHIP (32 walks/55 hits in 110 innings). She also had 210 strikeouts and pitched two no-hitters.
Abby Land, Geneva County junior, Class 2A infielder: Land, a shortstop, finished with a .563 average, second best in Class 2A, with 30 runs, 13 RBIs and 11 doubles.
Dallas Potter, G.W. Long freshman, Class 2A designated hitter: Potter, a shortstop hit .434 (62-of-143) and had a .500 on-base percentage with 10 homers, 41 RBIs, 55 runs, eight doubles and 17 stolen bases.
Courtney Lunsford, Kinston junior, Class 1A infielder: Lunsford hit .560 (56-of-100) and had a .651 on-base percentage with four homers, 40 RBIs, 36 runs, 13 doubles and was 9-of-10 on stolen bases.
Faith Peters, Kinston freshman, Class 1A designated hitter: Peters, a first and third baseman, finished with a .549 batting average (49-of-94) and a .521 on-base percentage with 10 homers, 28 RBIs and 27 runs scored. She also had 10 sacrifice flies.
Collier Peaden, Northview sophomore, Class 6A outfielder: Peaden hit for a .506 average (91-of-180) and had a .544 on-base percentage with 76 runs (most in Class 6A), 26 RBIs, eight doubles, five triples and was 45-of-46 on stolen bases.
Blake Gibson, Rehobeth senior, Class 5A designated hitter: Gibson, a Liberty University signee, batted .370 (50-of-135) and had a .511 on-base percentage with nine homers, 42 RBIs, 63 runs, 10 doubles and was 32-of-32 on stolen bases. She was hit by 17 pitches, most in 5A.
Graceanne Spears, Opp junior, Class 3A pitcher: Spears finished with an 11-13 record, a 1.59 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP (44 walks/83 hits in 123 1/3 innings) and 213 strikeouts.
Emma Houston, Providence Christian junior, Class 3A infielder: Houston, a second baseman, hit .543 (51-of-94) and had a .653 on-base percentage with 13 homers, 44 RBIs, 43 runs, 10 doubles and 22 walks.
Anslee Finch, Geneva senior, Class 3A outfielder: Finch, a Troy signee, hit .395 (49-of-124) and had a .503 on-base percentage with eight homers, 34 RBIs, 42 runs, nine doubles and 23 walks.
Mattie Havas, Houston Academy sophomore, Class 3A utility: Havas, a first baseman/pitcher, batted .458 (44-of-96) and had a .514 on-base percentage with eight homers, 33 RBIs, 25 runs, 11 doubles on offense.
Ashton White, Wicksburg freshman, Class 3A designated hitter: White, a first and third baseman, hit .478 (75-of-157) and had a .538 on-base percentage with 17 homers, 62 RBIs, 57 runs, 18 doubles, 8-of-8 steals, 24 walks, eight hit by pitches and 10 sacrifice flies.
Grace Rushing, Pike Liberal Arts sophomore, AISA infielder: Rushing, a first baseman, hit .419 (54-of-129) and had a .434 on-base percentage with one homer, 42 RBIs, 20 runs, nine doubles and 10 walks.