The Warren County High School softball team gathered one final time Thursday to honor several players who had outstanding seasons.
Coach David Upton welcomed his Lady Pioneers and their families to the field as he spoke highly of the season the team completed in early May - one highlighted by a third-place finish in District 6-AAA despite the team suffering several injuries to starters.
The Lady Pioneers finished the season 7-26, but posted a 4-4 record in district play to finish third in the regular season. It was a struggle at times for Warren County, which lost four starters through the course of the season and finished the year starting six freshmen.
Through it all though, coach Upton was pleased with the way his team played and the seasons several players enjoyed. The success of six Lady Pioneers was evident as they garnered All-District 6-AAA recognition.
Senior pitcher Monica Lane, junior outfielder Chelsey Chandler and freshman third baseman Ty Ramirez were each named to the all-district team. Junior shortstop Samantha Weeter and freshmen infielders Livia Walker and Lindsey Cox were recognized as honorable mention in District 6-AAA.
The all-district honor for Lane was her third as a Lady Pioneer as she ended her career by winning seven games in the circle and racking up over 160 strikeouts.
Lane also led the team in most offensive categories and for her great senior season, she received the Lady Pioneer award and the team’s Offensive MVP award as well.
The Lady Pioneer award is the voted on by the team and is given to the player who best represents the team on and off the field. Lane garnered the respect of her peers throughout the year with her dominant pitching in district and team-high batting average, which earned Lane the Offensive MVP award.
Ramirez was also honored twice Thursday as the freshman was given the team’s Defensive MVP award. Ramirez held down the hot corner for the Lady Pioneers as she made several diving plays, threw out runners and snagged hot shots all season.
Junior outfielder Abbi Reyes was given the team’s most improved award. Reyes began the season as the starting first baseman, but saw Walker take over at first when she returned to the team full time following a knee injury. Not deterred, Reyes moved to the outfield and earned a starting spot by the end of the season.
Along with being great performers on the field, the Lady Pioneers also had several players shine in the classroom as well. Lane, Reyes and Chandler received certificates for being on the TSCA all-academic team after posting high GPAs this year. Joining the trio were senior Mahaley Keele, who missed the majority of the year with an arm injury after being all-district as a junior, and junior pitcher Kailyn Cantrell.