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2009 Herald All-Area Softball Team

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

Haley Ellis, Worth County, So.

STATS: Runner-up for Player of the Year. All-State First Team in Class AAA for the second year in a row and was named Player of the Year for Region 1-AAA for the second year in a row. She batted .563, had an on-base percentage of .593, 45 hits, 12 doubles, one triple, five home runs and she was 8-for-8 on stolen bases and scored 31 runs and drove in 17.

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Heather Ellis, Worth County, So.

STATS: All-State honorable mention, First Team All-Region for second year in a row. Finished with batting average of .425, an in-base percentage of .475, she stole 7 of 8 bases, 31 hits, 10 doubles, three triples, one home run and scored 22 runs and recorded 19 RBI.

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Kimmy Lee, Worth County, So.

STATS: Lee batted .391, had an on-base percentage of .440, was 14-of-14 on stolen bases, 27 hits, five doubles, three triples, scored 25 runs and had 20 RBI. A First Team All-Region selection for second year in a row.

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Alli Cook, Westover

STATS: Cook led the Lady Patriots with a .481 batting average with 15 RBI in 54 at-bats. She was also the team's starting pitcher for the majority of its games, posting a 2.80 ERA with 64 strikeouts.

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Alex Lindsey, Southland, So.

STATS: Lindsey led the Lady Raiders with a .402 batting average on 33 hits. She also scored 23 runs.

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Elliott Martin, Southland, Sr.

STATS: Martin batted .383 for the Lady Raiders on 31 hits --- one of which was a home run. She also scored a team-high 25 runs.

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Amanda Cook, Terrell Academy, Sr.

STATS: The Lady Eagles' star pitcher who pitched two no- hitters during the team's state title run and finished 17-5 overall with a staggering 126 strikeouts. In the state playoffs, she was even better, posting a .60 ERA with 33 Ks in 35 innings pitched.

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Frankie Mason, Terrell Academy, Sr.

STATS: Team's starting catcher who averaged .477 from the plate with a .570 on-base-percentage. She recorded a team-high 17 RBI, 27 runs-scored, seven doubles, two triples and two home runs. In the state playoffs, Mason was the hero for the Lady Eagles, smacking a two-run home run in the eighth inning down, 4-2, to lead Terrell to the state title. In the five games in the state tournament, Mason posted a .530 batting average with three doubles and a HR.

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Sadie Allen, Baconton Charter

STATS: Allen started at shortstop for the Lady Blazers, leading the team in every category: .540 batting average, 8 doubles, 5 triples, 2 HR and 32 stolen bases. She was also named the Region 1A-West Offensive Player of the Year.

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Katie Carswell, Deerfield, Sr.

STATS: Even in a down year for the Lady Knights, Carswell shined. She capped her five-year DWS career by being named to the GISA 3-AAA All-Region Team for the fifth consecutive time and was honored on the AAA All-State Team for the second year in a row. Katie has led the Lady Knights in most all categories for her career at DWS. Her senior stats include a .384 batting average, 21 RBI and she was error free for the 2009 season with a 1,000 percent fielding average.

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Anna Laine Brock, SCA, 8th grade

STATS: The Lady Eagles' ace all season, Brock finished with a 1.00 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 85 innings pitched. She only walked 12 batters all year and gave up the same number of earned runs. She was named to the GISA Region 3-AA All-Region Team, and was the only member of this year's talented Sherwood squad who made All-State in Class AA.

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Kaylee Dixon, Sherwood, Jr.

STATS: Dixon did everything offensively for the Lady Eagles this year, posting a .327 batting average with seven doubles, three triples 22 RBI and one HR.

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Madison Ragan, Randolph Southern, 8th Grade

STATS: It was hard to talk about the best all-around players in the area this year without mentioning Ragan, who averaged an impressive 11.2 strikeouts a game for the Lady Patriots and finished 2009 with a 1.55 ERA. She also led the team with a .405 batting average, .480 on-base-percentage and a .703 slugging average.

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Jana Sizemore, SGA, Sr.

STATS: The Lady Warriors senior leader batted .387, led the team with 36 hits, 32 RBI, 16 extra base hits. She also led the team with 19 walks and set a career record with 105 hits at SGA and broke the school record for RBI (99). She was named to the GISA Region 3-AA All-Region, All-State teams and played in the GISA All-Star game.

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Bailey Ponder, SGA, So.

STATS: Ponder is the future of SGA softball. She set a school record with 15 wins this year --- including 10 shutouts -- from the mound and broke the school record for strikeouts in a season with 148 in 142 1/3 innings. She hit .270 and only made one error all year. She was also named to the All-Region Team but missed All-State by one vote.

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Hayley Knight, Lee County, Sr.

STATS: Named 1st Team All State in GHSA Class AAAA and First-Team All Region. She was voted the Co-Best Defensive Player - recording no errors all season -- on the Lady Trojans' Elite Eight squad, posting a. .369 batting average with 16 RBI, eight doubles and 13 stolen bases. Her on-base percentage was .407.

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Natalie Shiver, Lee County, Sr.

STATS: Named First Team All State in GHSA Class AAA and First Team All Region. She was also voted Co-Best Defensive Player on the team with just one error all season. At the plate, she had a .333 batting average with 28 RBI, eight doubles and one triple. She also stole 7 bases and had a .353 on-base percentage.

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Rachel Hatch, Lee County, Sr.

STATS: Second team All State in GHSA Class AAAA and First Team All Region; voted Best Offensive Player for the Lady Trojans thanks to her. .474 batting average, 22 RBI, two triples, 26 stolen bases and posting an on-base percentage of .474

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Krysten Johnson, Westwood, So.

STATS: Was named to the GHSA Region 3-A All-Region First Team and GISA Class A All-State Team. She posted a .290 batting average with two steals and tossed out nine runners trying to steal.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The All-Area team is compiled by The Herald's sports staff and is based off performance in the 2009 season observed by Herald staffers and nominations from each team's respective coach.