Pack of Panthers lead area in All-State picksPublished 12:01am Friday, June 6, 2014
Elmore County accounted for more than half of The Wetumpka Herald’s coverage area softball players chosen by the Alabama Sports Writers Association for 2014 first-team All-State softball team honors.
Released today, four Lady Panthers garnered first-team All-State selections in Class 4A, tied for the most of any team in any classification. The ASWA named senior Kelsey Hartley the Alabama Independent School Association’s Player and Pitcher of the Year, along with her first-team spot. In Class 2A, Prattville Christian Academy’s Maegan Stanfield grabbed the All-State nod at first base.
Senior duo Chelsea Fomby and Brooke Nettles, along with junior Haley Britt and sophomore shortstop sensation Elissa Brown guided Elmore County (32-6) to its first state tournament since 2007. Fomby won 30 games this year and produced a 0.89 ERA. In 212.1 frames, the senior pitcher gave up only 27 earned runs and struck out 121 batters.
Brown sparked the Panthers’ offense from the leadoff spot, batting a healthy .570, with a on-base percentage of .631. The speedy sophomore stole 62 bases, accounted for 62 runs and collected 24 RBIs.
Behind her in the lineup, Nettles posed a threat offensively, hitting .361 along with a .484 on-base percentage. The second baseman knocked in 23 runs, while scoring 40 runs.
Britt turned in Class 4A’s highest offensive marks for a first baseman and continued Elmore County’s onslaught, batting .351 in the cleanup position. The junior had 24 RBIs with 24 runs scored and 19 stolen bases.
Leading the Edgewood Lady Wildcats (36-9) to its first state championship in a decade, Hartley carried the pitching load this season, going 28-5 in 36 appearances with a 1.23 ERA, including three no-hitters and 10 shutouts. The Mississippi College (Clinton, Mississippi) signee struck out 221 batters in 186.2 innings this season.
Stanfield, a Shelton State Community College (Tuscaloosa) signee, led all Class 2A first basemen in batting average (.437), RBIs (53), runs (35) and hits (59), earning the position’s All-State selection.
Four more local players made the All-State honorable mention list, with two from the Wetumpka Lady Indians.
Juniors Lauren Lett and Destinee Brewer received votes at Class 6A pitcher and outfield, respectively.
In Class 2A, senior Morgan Burbage took honorable mention at shortstop.
Senior Edgewood centerfielder and Faulkner University signee Hannahlee Harris was selected as an AISA outfielder honorable mention.