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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 17, 2017

Eight Trojans on all-conference teams

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jul 21, 2017
Photo by: HEIDI BOWMAN Brynna Bowman

Eight Trojans have been named to the 2017 All-Conference softball teams.

The list was released Thursday, and reveals three Trojans on the first team, three on the second and two honorable mentions. It also shows that six Trojans were named to the Academic All-Conference Team.

 

First team

Two seniors and a junior earned spots on the first team. The seniors were Brynna Bowman and Kaylee Watson, and the junior is Ashtyn Drish.

Bowman is the perfect contact hitter to lead-off a game. She batted a team-best .444 and led the conference in hits with 71 and in runs with 51. She was also a highly capable right fielder for Bob Bradfield’s squad.

“Brynna has been a starter since her freshman year, and has played a lot of softball over the years,” said her coach, Bob Bradfield. “She has broken the school record for career batting average at over. 400.”

Watson is another dangerous hitter on the team. She batted .397 with 39 runs scored and 39 runs batted in.

“Kaylee is as good a center fielder as I’ve seen in my coaching career,” Bradfield said.

Watson also swatted two home runs during the state tournament this year.

Ashtyn provided much of the pop in the Trojans’ lineup as she drove in 42 runs while batting .442, to go with 14 doubles.

“Ashtyn was our most consistent line drive hitter,” said the coach. “She’s a quick third baseman, and comes up well on bunts. She’s a good baserunner and a good all-around athlete.”

 

Second team

Fairfield’s representatives on the second team were a trio of seniors: Sara Trent, Haley Beard and Kenady Waugh.

Trent was the team’s premiere power hitter as she slugged nine home runs and 14 doubles. Her 45 RBIs were second behind only Mt. Pleasant’s Bailey Johnson, who won conference player of the year.

In addition to her work with the bat, Trent was called upon to be the general of the diamond from behind the plate. Opposing runners were shocked to find on their stolen base attempts that the ball was already there waiting for them. Trent threw out eight of the 13 runners who tried to steal on her this year.

Bradfield said Trent’s nine home runs broke the single season school record for long bombs. He referred to Trent as a “workhorse” who has caught nearly every game the past two seasons.

Among pitchers who made at least 10 starts, no one in the SEC had a lower earned run average or opponent’s batting average than Beard. Beard allowed 1.92 runs per seven innings and held batters to a .174 average.

Despite having to carry such a heavy load on defense, Beard was also a skilled hitter. She hit .324 and smacked two home runs.

“Haley has been our No. 2 pitcher for several years, and this year she moved into the No. 1 spot,” Bradfield said. “She had a little bit of a sore arm the last part of the season, but she fought through it and got us to the state tournament.”

Waugh had one of the best batting eye’s on the team. She walked 18 times and struck out only three times, the fewest of any hitter in the conference with at least 40 at-bats. She hit .346 with 31 RBIs and 47 runs. She was the team’s everyday shortstop.

“She’s been a starter since the first game of her eighth-grade year,” recalled the coach. “In fact, Kenady hit home runs in her first two varsity at-bats. She has been a good defensive player and hitter, and a team leader because she’s started for five years.”

 

Honorable mentions

Fairfield’s two honorable mentions were senior Natalie Angstead and freshman Shay Drish.

Angstead was a master at corraling wild throws at first. She scored 11 runs and had seven RBIs.

“Natalie did a good job of scooping low throws, and we’re going to miss her defense next year,” Bradfield said.

Shay was one of only two freshman on the all-conference teams, the other being Washington’s Kaitylyn Mitchell.

Shay started all 42 games at second base, where she displayed great agility. She was a patient hitter, drawing 17 walks, and hit for a high average, too, at .378. Her 48 runs scored were second in the conference.

“Shay started every game as an eighth-grader, too,” added the coach. “She’s done a great job defensively and been a good hitter. She went 4-4 in the second game at the state tournament. I’m looking forward to having Shay around three more years.”

 

Academic all-conference

Trojans to make the academic all-conference team were Angstead, Bowman, Ashtyn Drish, Taylor Myers, Watson and Waugh.

 

 

 

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