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Burnett named SEC MVP for 2014 season

Five Trojans on SEC first team
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Jul 17, 2014

After a 30-7 season and a Southeast Conference championship, many players on the Fairfield High School softball team have been selected for the All-Conference teams.

The five Trojans named to the All-Conference First Team were Sydney Burnett, Marisa Repp, Kenady Waugh, Alli Deao and Mackenzie McClure.

Burnett batted .380 and stole a team leading seven bases. The senior centerfielder drove in 22 runs from the leadoff spot and scored 40 times. Her speed made her an asset on the base paths as well, as she was the only Trojan to leg out a triple this season (Burnett finished with two). The performance she put forth this season was enough for Burnett to be named SEC Most Valuable Player.

Repp split time between catcher and first base. She hit four home runs and had 34 RBIs, which was most on the team. Repp finished her senior campaign with a .358 batting average.

Waugh rounded out her freshman season batting .361. She drove in 23 runs and hit two home runs. The starting shortstop also scored 39 times, which was good enough for second on the squad. Waugh is one of only two freshman to be selected to the first team.

Sophomore pitcher Alli Deao finished the season 17-6 with a 2.17 ERA. Deao shoulder most of the pitching load for the Trojans in 2014, amassing 145 1/3 innings pitched. She finished with a stellar 71-20 strikeout to walk ratio.

McClure rounded out her junior campaign with a .364 batting average. The third baseman had 30 RBIs and smacked 10 hits. McClure was given the task of playing the hot corner, and only made nine errors on the season, finishing with a .920 fielding percentage.

Leslie Taylor of Mt. Pleasant and Kaylin Featheringill of Fort Madison both made the first team as well. Taylor Lemon, Makenzie Pezley and Kirby Sanders represent Keokuk on the first team. Washington also had three players make the squad, which were Stephanie Fishback, Ashley Rausch and Grace Redlinger.

Fairfield’s Brynna Bowman and Karley Williams both made the All-Conference Second Team. Sara Trent and Kaylee Watson were both honorable mentions. Burnett, Repp, McClure and Jolea Burkhart were named to the conference all-academic team.

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