FROSTBURG — Though it was Carlie Lewis who wound up winning the AMAC’s Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive season, it was her Mountain Ridge teammate Shae Winner who may have accomplished an even rarer feat by becoming the first player to be named to the All-Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference Softball First Team in all four of her high school seasons.
Winner leads a list of 10 players to join AMAC Player of the Year Lewis, Offensive Player of the Year Emma Baker, also from Mountain Ridge, and Defensive Player of the Year Courtney Landis of Allegany as members of the 2013 All-AMAC team.
Fort Hill’s Alexis Kimmell, Keyser Lexi Carr and Allegany’s Chantel Collette fall in behind Winner along with Northern’s Kayla Porter, Southern’s Michaela Bosley and Frankfort’s Autumn Dishman. Hampshire’s Cierra Funke and Bishop Walsh’s Alyssa Cotton are the final members.
Winner joins Lewis, Baker and Kimmell as repeat selections from last year’s squad.
Shae Winner, Mountain Ridge
The Miners’ first baseman finished out her distinguished career by batting .473 in conference. Ten of her hits went for extra bases (six doubles, three home runs and one triple), and she also drove in 19 runs with 23 more scored.
Besides being a standout on the diamond, Winner was also voted Times-News Girls Basketball Co-Player of the Year and was All-AMAC in volleyball.
Anna Broadwater, Mountain Ridge
A junior shortstop for the Miners, Broadwater sat atop a potent lineup all season as their leadoff hitter. She finished 21 of 52 (.404) with 17 singles, a double and three triples. She scored 26 runs and drove in an additional 10 to help Mountain Ridge to another undefeated AMAC season.
Broadwater was a third baseman on Mountain Ridge’s championship team as a sophomore before switching to short for this season because of an increase in her range.
Alexis Kimmell, Fort Hill
The Sentinels’ first-team selection showed a tremendous ability to put the bat on the ball by striking out only twice in 59 at bats. The junior posted 22 hits for a .407 batting average, had an on-base percentage of .458. She proved pesky on the base path with 11 stolen bases, and she had 14 runs batted in to go along with 17 runs scored.
Of her 22 hits, four were doubles, two were triples and one was a home run.
Lexi Carr, Keyser
The Golden Tornado junior showed her multiple talents this season by leading the team in hitting and tying for the team lead in wins as a pitcher. Her fielding was also flawless as she made it through the entire season, playing numerous positions, without making an error.
Besides leading Keyser with a .598 bating average and 29 runs batted in, Carr also went 6-3 in nine decisions on the mound. She flashed signs of power by belting a pair of home runs.
Chantel Collette, Allegany
As a senior tri-captain for the Campers, Collette led by example by getting on base at a .538 rate. She finished by batting .364 in 15 conference games, driving in nine runs on 12 singles and four doubles.
Collette joined with Allegany’s short stop Landis to give the Campers a formidable middle of the infield that took away plenty of opponents’ base hits.
Kayla Porter, Northern
The senior Husky led her team in most offensive categories, and wasn’t far behind in the ones she didn’t lead. She collected a team-high 25 hits in 51 at bats to finish just below .500 at .490. Her hits were broken down into 20 singes, four doubles and one triple.
She was first on her team in runs scored (21) and was third with 14 RBIs. Porter finished with 31 total bases for a slugging percentage of .608, and combined with an on-base percentage of .631 had an OPS of 1.239.
Michaela Bosley, Southern
Bosley provided strong senior leadership for the Rams from her position at second base.
She finished the 2013 season with a .206 batting average on 63 at bats. Her OBP finished at .306 and she struck out only three times all season. She recorded four runs batted in and had a slugging percentage of .238.
Autumn Dishman, Frankfort
Dishman’s junior season couldn’t have gone much smoother as she finished at or near the top most of Frankfort’s offensive statistics. She was first in batting average (.419), doubles (2) and RBIs (5), while finishing second in runs (5) and OBP (.441).
The Falcon began the season as an outfielder and possible third pitcher, but was forced into more and more pitching as the season progressed because of injuries.
Cierra Funke, Hampshire
The Trojans sophomore ace averaged almost eight strikeouts a game and issued 17 walks in 90 innings pitched.
Offensively, Funke put together a .396 batting average and led her team in extra base hits by getting seven triples.
Alyssa Cotton, Bishop Walsh
A four-year starter for the Spartans, Cotton finished out her senior campaign by hitting .457and putting up an OBP of .509. She drove in eight runs and had four stolen bases.
As a pitcher, Cotton had 30 strikeouts.
Mountain Ridge’s Jenna Miller and Chelsea Muir lead the way of the players selected to the second team. Fort Hill’s Shania James, Keyser’s Sam Hoban and Allegany’s Ashleigh Eisentrout join them, as does Northern’s Kirsten Rayner and Southern’s Sydney Legeer. Frankfort’s Alyssa Lantz, Hampshire’s Brittney Kesner and Bishop Walsh’s Haley Mock finish out the team.
Allie Hawkins (Mountain Ridge), Sarah Lowery (Fort Hill), Carrie Riggleman (Keyser), Tori Bohrer (Allegany), Morgan Marple (Northern), Alicia Roth (Southern) and Stephanie Largent (Hampshire).
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