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JOEL HAWKSLEY | The Roanoke Times
Timesland softball player of the year: Sara Wright of Pulaski County High School.
JOEL HAWKSLEY | The Roanoke Times
Timesland softball pitcher of the year: Cassidy Hensley of Liberty High School.
The Roanoke Times | File April
Sara Wright hit .534 for Pulaski County.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Player of the Year
SARA WRIGHT | Pulaski County | Senior
WRIGHT, the River Ridge District player of the year and an All-Region IV pick, impressed area college and high school coaches with her hitting prowess. Wright, who moved from first base to shortstop during the season to replace a sidelined teammate, hit .534 with eight doubles, seven homers, 26 RBIs, 26 runs scored, six stolen bases and a 1.034 slugging percentage. She will be a member of James Madison's team as a walk-on.
Pitcher of the Year
CASSIDY HENSLEY | Liberty | Senior
HENSLEY, the Seminole District pitcher of the year and an All-Region III pick, went 16-5 with a 0.75 ERA, 187 strikeouts and 22 walks in 129 1⁄3 innings. Playing for a team that started six freshmen, Hensley had 13 shutouts, 20 complete games, two no-hitters and a perfect game. Hensley, who had 757 career strikeouts, will be a nonplaying student at JMU. She has made the All-Timesland first or second team in all four years at Liberty.
TAYLOR ASIMAKOPOULOS | CAVE SPRING | Pitcher | Junior
Asimakopoulos, the River Ridge District and Region IV pitcher of the year, helped the Knights to a sweep of district, regional and state crowns. ... She went 23-3, including 8-0 in the postseason. ... She had a 2.24 ERA, 133 strikeouts and 66 walks in 168 1⁄3 innings. ... She pitched 24 complete games, including a five-hitter in the Group AA final. ... She also hit .357.
CHRISTENE PHILLIPS | FLOYD COUNTY | Pitcher | Junior
Phillips was the Three Rivers District and Region C pitcher of the year. ... She helped the Buffaloes win regional and state titles, as well as the Three Rivers regular-season crown. ... She was 13-2 with a 1.02 ERA, 76 strikeouts, 29 walks and one save in 95 1⁄3 innings. ... She pitched eight complete games, including a seven-hitter in the Group A Division 2 final. ... She also hit .384.
MACKENZIE CHITWOOD | FRANKLIN COUNTY | Catcher | Sophomore
Chitwood, an All-Northwest Region pick, hit .468 with 12 doubles, one triple, eight homers, 33 RBIs and 30 runs scored. ... She helped her team reach the Northwest Region semifinals.
EDEN DURNIL | CARROLL COUNTY | Infield | Junior
Durnil, an All-Region IV pick, hit .518 with 10 doubles, five homers, 25 RBIs, 34 runs scored and eight stolen bases. ... A shortstop, Durnil helped her team reach the Region IV semifinals.
KELSEY JARRETT | NORTHSIDE | Infield | Senior
Jarrett, an All-Region III pick, hit .533 with seven doubles, one triple, three homers, 24 RBIs and 29 runs scored. ... Jarrett, a second baseman, helped the Vikings win the Blue Ridge District regular-season and tournament titles.
JENNA SPRINKLE | JAMES RIVER | Infield | Senior
Sprinkle, the Pioneer District and Region C player of the year, helped James River make the state semifinals. ... Sprinkle, who plays first base, hit .494 with eight doubles, one homer, 25 RBIs, 22 runs scored and nine stolen bases. ... A Christopher Newport recruit, Sprinkle helped the Knights win the Pioneer District regular-season and tournament titles.
CATIE CARPENTER | ALLEGHANY | Outfield | Senior
Carpenter, an All-Region III second-team pick, hit .533 with eight doubles, one triple, three homers, 24 RBIs, 33 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. ... Carpenter, who did not commit any errors, helped her team reach the Blue Ridge District tournament title game.
TAYLOR CARTER | NORTHSIDE | Outfield | Junior
Carter, an All-Region III pick, hit .531 with two doubles, two homers, 22 RBIs, 26 runs scored and 16 stolen bases. ... She was the Blue Ridge District player of the year.
CORTNEY COOPER | CAVE SPRING | Outfield | Senior
Cooper, an All-Region IV pick, hit .478 with 13 doubles, six homers, 33 RBIs, 35 runs scored, 45 hits and 10 stolen bases. ... She helped the Knights win four titles this year, including their first state crown. ... She did not commit any errors.
SARAH SMITH | AUBURN | At-large | Senior
Smith, a catcher, was the Three Rivers District player of the year. ... She hit .469 with five doubles, three triples, eight RBIs and 16 runs scored. ... Smith, an All-Region C pick, threw out nine runners.
RUTHIE WILLIAMS | NORTHSIDE | At-large | Junior
Williams hit .479 with 12 doubles, three homers, 41 RBIs and 18 runs scored. ... Williams, the Blue Ridge District pitcher of the year and an All-Region III pick, was 14-2 with a 2.47 ERA, 48 strikeouts, 23 walks and 12 complete games in 88 innings.
TIFFANY BROWN | CHRISTIANSBURG | Pitcher | Junior
CARA NEIKIRK | GLENVAR | Pitcher | Senior
KENDRA WOOD | LORD BOTETOURT | Pitcher | Junior
HANNAH SAVEDGE | MAGNA VISTA | Catcher | Senior
HALEY GREEN | GLENVAR | Infield | Freshman
CASIE HILL | JAMES RIVER | Infield | Senior
AIMEE ROYAL | FLOYD COUNTY | Infield | Junior
KRISTEN TOPPEL | LORD BOTETOURT | Infield | Junior
ABBY BEATTY | CAVE SPRING | Outfield | Sophomore
SKYLAR DULL | LORD BOTETOURT | Outfield | Sophomore
DANI HARRIS | FLOYD COUNTY | Outfield | Senior
JULIA HUTCHENS | PATRICK COUNTY | At-large | Junior
KARLEE PENDLETON | FLOYD COUNTY | At-large | Junior
COACH OF THE YEAR
SCOTT THOMPSON | FLOYD COUNTY
Thompson steered the Buffaloes to the Three Rivers District regular-season title; their first regional crown since 2001; and their first state championship. Thompson, in his second year at the helm, guided a squad with just one senior starter to a 23-3 mark. He made smart decisions about his pitchers during the regional and state tournaments.
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