Hartselle Enquirer names All-Area softball team
The softball season came to a close recently, ending in what many would call success for every team in the Hartselle Enquirer area. Four teams played in the North Regional, with Hartselle, Falkville and Danville finishing in the top four. Four teams had 20-plus victories, with Hartselle leading the way with 43.
Now it is time to name the All-Area team.
The Hartselle Enquirer All-Area team is led by Player of the Year Karsi Lentz and Pitcher of the Year Blayne Godfrey.
Lentz, a junior, helped lead Hartselle to 43 wins and a third-place finish in the 6A North Regional. She tied the school record for home runs in a season with 17, a record that was set by Kayla Orr in 2007.
Lentz was second on the team with 62 RBIs and fourth with 60 hits. She hit two home runs and knocked in seven in an area tournament elimination game – a win over Muscle Shoals.
Godfrey, a freshman, helped lead Danville to 25 wins and a fourth-place finish in the 3A North Regional. She won 22 games and saved two. She struck out a school-record 356 batters.
She was eighth in the nation and fourth in the state in strikeouts, according to Maxpreps.com. She had a 1.04 earned run average, and opponents hit .204 against her. She also had a .412 batting average with 42 hits, 34 RBIs and 21 runs scored.
She pitched a perfect game, striking out nine, in the Lady Hawks’ 18-0 win over East Lawrence to clinch the 3A Area 15 Championship.
Hartselle had five players make the all-area team, with Danville, Falkville and Priceville each placing two players on the team. Brewer had one.
—Player of the Year: Junior Karsi Lentz, Hartselle – .417 avg, 60 hits, 45 runs scored, 62 RBIs, 17 home runs, 11 doubles, five triples, 12 steals. Committed to Auburn University-Montgomery.
—Pitcher of the Year: Freshman Blayne Godfrey, Danville – 22 wins, 39 games pitched, two saves, 356 strikeouts, 1.04 ERA, .204 opposing batting average.
—Pitcher: Sophomore Bronwyn Borden, Brewer – 12 wins, 32 games pitched, 260 strikeouts, 2.24 ERA, .193 opposing batting average.
—Catcher: Senior Jada Henderson, Hartselle – .432 avg, 62 hits, 42 runs scored, 68 RBIs, 15 home runs, 15 doubles, one triple, 11 steals. Signed with the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
—Infielder: Senior Sydnee Fitzgerald, Falkville – .477 avg, 53 hits, 67 RBIs, 10 home runs, 12 doubles, three triples. Signed with the University of Mobile.
—Infielder: Freshman Kaelyn Jones, Hartselle – .450 avg, 81 hits, 72 runs scored, 50 RBIs, five home runs, eight doubles, six triples, 33 steals.
—Infielder: Senior Abigail Garrison, Priceville – .400 avg, 42 hits, 41 runs scored, 38 RBIs, 11 home runs, five doubles. Signed with Calhoun Community College.
—Infielder: Senior Lillyanna Cartee, Hartselle – .353 avg, 54 hits, 49 runs scored, 48 RBIs, five home runs, 16 doubles, three triples, 10 steals. Signed with Wallace State Community College.
—Outfielder: Junior Larissa Preuitt, Hartselle – .460 avg, 74 hits, 72 runs scored, 18 RBIs, five home runs, 11 doubles, seven triples, 50 steals. Committed to the University of Alabama.
—Outfielder: Junior Audrey Marshall, Danville – .400 avg, 42 hits, 41 runs scored, 38 RBIs, 11 home runs, five doubles.
—Outfielder: Junior Addie Walker, Falkville – .385 avg, 50 hits, 21 RBIs, one home run, 13 doubles, two triples, 28 steals.
—Utility Player: Sophomore Bentley Black, Priceville – .400 avg, 46 hits, 41 runs scored, 30 RBIs, nine home runs, 13 doubles, two triples.