PDT Sports Writer
Five schools claimed the top six Southern Ohio Conference awards in softball when the conference released its list of the top performers for the 2013 season.
The only school to claim multiple honors went to SOC I champion Notre Dame as Tori Harr was named Pitcher of the Year and coach J.D. Whitman claimed the top coaching honor. The SOC I Player of the Year honor went to Clay’s Marissa Messer.
For the SOC II, Valley’s Kayla Koch was named Player of the Year, the Pitcher of the Year went to West’s Abby Welch and Greg Kritzwiser from Waverly was named SOC II Coach of the Year.
Miranda Pauley and Madi Phillips join her Titan teammate for First Team as does the Panthers’ Autumn Griffith. First Team honors were also earned by Green’s Jenna Crawford and Erin Imes, Eastern’s Ally Tackett, Western’s Kearstin Carroll, Symmes Valley’s Kaitlyn Payne, East’s Jessie Monroe and New Boston’s Hannah Bender. The SOC I Second Team includes Katie Stevenson and Sammie Marting (Notre Dame), Jessica Moore and Alisha Shepherd (Clay), Micah Lewis (Green), Anna Staker (Eastern), Erin Brewster (Western), Stephanie Brown (Symmes Valley), Brookelyn Newell (East) and Kiersten McGraw (New Boston).
Joining Koch and Welch on the SOC II First Team are Kelsey Conkey, Jordyn Pennington and Abby Fuhrmann from SOC II champion Minford, the Indians’ Brooke Cooper, the Tigers’ Lindsay Ward and Kayla Riffe, Wheelersburg’s Michal Cunningham, Oak Hill’s Miranda Melvin, Northwest’s Maegan Lynn and South Webster’s Haylee Murphy. The Second Team honors were given to the Falcons’ Elizabeth Brisker and Ali Allen, Valley’s Bethany Conley and Emily Richard, Waverly’s Kelsie Mays, the Pirates’ Taylor Dempsey, the Senators’ Allie Hoggard, the Oaks’ Alex Kuhn, the Mohawks’ Katie Moore and the Jeeps’ Kaci Messer.
The SOC I was able to send two teams, Clay and South Webster, to the district finals. Waverly and Wheelersburg lasted the longest for the SOC II, both playing in their respective district semifinals.
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