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WCHS softball holds banquet
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The Warren County High School softball team gathered one final time recently to hand out awards following its season. Six Lady Pioneers were recognized by District 6-AAA for their performances while David Upton, who resigned shortly after the season, and his staff selected several more individual honors.
Sophomore third baseman Ty Ramirez and freshman infielder Neva Tackett were each named to the All-District 6-AAA team while sophomores Lindsey Cox and Bailey Walker were honorable mention all-district. Senior Chelsey Chandler and sophomore Lexi Locke were named to the all-tournament team after helping the Lady Pioneers claim two of their nine victories in the District 6-AAA tournament.
Other award honors included senior Kailyn Cantrell receiving the Lady Pioneer softball award, Tackett earning the team’s offensive MVP, Walker being named the defensive MVP and Sarah Knowles and Bethany Porter sharing the most improved player title.
Ramirez became a two-time honoree as all-district following her sophomore season. The smooth-fielding third baseman was a rock on the hot corner while also showing her skills at the plate. Ramirez used her speed to get on while slapping and also flashed her power when the Lady Pioneers needed it most.
Tackett made a huge impact in her first season at WCHS. Tackett played several positions in the infield before ultimately settling at first base for the later part of the year. Her presence was felt most at the plate though, where she was one of the team’s leaders in batting average, RBIs, runs scored and home runs. Tackett’s talent at the plate led to her receiving the team’s offensive player of the year award in her first year.
Cox was another versatile member of the Lady Pioneers as she split time between playing shortstop and pitching. Cox will likely become the team’s top option in the circle next year following Cantrell’s graduation.
Walker was slowed early by a concussion, but she came on strong while holding up the backstop for the Lady Pioneers. Walker’s work behind the plate was vital in several tight games throughout the season, leading to coach Upton naming her the team’s defensive MVP.
Locke and Chandler tied for the team lead in hits during the District 6-AAA tournament, when Warren County defeated Stone Memorial and White County before falling to Rhea County a step away from the tournament finals.
The Lady Pioneer award was given to Cantrell and was voted on by the entire team. Cantrell finished her four-year career by leading the Lady Pioneers in wins. The senior righty also had several quality starts in the circle when Warren County took tough losses.
Knowles, a junior pitcher, and Porter, a freshman utility player, were both praised for their efforts on the junior varsity team. Knowles also made a handful of appearances on the varsity level.