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All-Observer 2014: Softball

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com
ACHS Softball_10
JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
Alexander Central’s Vada Sherrill, a junior, is The Observer’s softball player of the year.

First Team

Pitcher, Kiana Millsaps, Alexander Central, Jr.: Finished 18-0 with an 0.85 ERA. She had six home runs and 38 RBIs.

Pitcher, Brittney Pickett, Sun Valley, So.: MVP of the N.C. 3A state finals when her team won its first state title since 1997. She led Union County with nine home runs and got the win as pitcher in the state championship game.

INF, Taylor Wike, Alexander Central, Sr.: UNC recuit led her nationally-ranked team to a state title and set a new N.C. record with 64 RBIs. She hit .639.

INF, Marisa Harkey, Clover, Jr.: All-state at shorstop after hitting nine home runs to go with 41 RBIs. Committed to Furman, Harkey batted .441, had nine doubles and scored 40 runs.

INF, Vada Sherrill, Alexander Central, Jr.: N.C. Gatorade player of the year led her team to a 35-0 season, a state title and a No. 1 national ranking. She hit .570 this season.

INF, Bailey Sherrill, Alexander Central, Sr.: MVP of the N.C. 4A state championship series hit .550 with eight home runs prior to the final series.

OF, Leah Murray, Hough, Jr.: MECKA player of the year hit .460 with four home runs.

OF, Lizzy Birch, Independence, Jr.: Southwestern 4A all-league pick hit .492 with 16 RBIs and had an .887 fielding average. She was All-American as a sophomore.

OF, McKayla Carver, South Caldwell, Jr.: Hit .594 with 60 hits, 29 RBIs and six home runs. Had team-high seven stolen bases.

C, Kylee Leonhardt, West Lincoln, Fr.: Hit .602 with 56 RBIs and 11 home runs. Her batting average ranks among the top 20 in N.C. history.

UT, Savannah Davis, East Rutherford, So.: Pitcher was 7 for 10 with three RBIs in N.C. 2A state championship series win over Jordan-Matthews. She threw every pitch and allowed two earned runs. For the season, she had 10 shutouts and hit .452 with 36 stolen bases.

Second Team

Pitcher, Kori Wancheck, Rock Hill Northwestern, Jr.

Pitcher, Keleigh Romine, Robinson, Jr.

INF, Grace Beatty, Olympic, Sr.

INF, Katelyn Shifflett, Hough, Sr.

INF, Patricia Thompson, Hopewell, Sr.

INF, Kayleigh Jonas, Porter Ridge, Sr.

OF, Brittany Rhinehart, Clover, Sr.

OF, Madison Bumgardner, South Caldwell, Jr.

OF, Alex Busch, Lake Norman Charter, Sr.

C, Rachel Marion, Rock Hill Northwestern, So.

UT, Haley Stewart, South Point, Sr.

Coach of the year: Monte Sherrill, Alexander Central

Player of the year: Vada Sherrill, Alexander Central

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