Charleston, W. Virginia – Wahama White Coach Chris Noble’s Falcons once again topped the A-Class field when all was said and done, securing a re-state championship.
Junior Mickey Living, who made it 3-0 with 42 outs in 21 innings at Little Creek Park, was named captain of the statewide first team selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
“Mickey had another amazing season, both targeting and offensively.” admitted Noble, who watched his ace go 21-2 with a 1.63 ERA and 269 outs in 154 2-3 innings, along with an average of 0.644, 15 doubles, 10 threes, a dozen two-way, 42 run-ups and 12 stolen bases. “She has a natural talent, in addition to investing in the work.
For the second consecutive spring, the White Falcons made three players win a nod to the highest unit – half of the battery Amber Wolfe, junior and senior Lauren Noble.
Wolfe threw out 13 runners (38.1% caught stealing) and finished with an average of 0.538, 17 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs and 56 RBIs. Noble, who had only two errors and showed .968, led the WHS with 57 runs. It had an average of .636, 15 doubles, one triple and 10 bombs.
“They had an amazing year” said the coach, whose team finished 29-2.
“Amber behind the plate, she really helps Mickey there.
“I think Amber is the best cat in the state. These three don’t think they know how big they are with the others. They put this team together. “
Five other players repeated themselves in the first team, and this included Abby Darnley, Buffalo’s senior, who also entered the first team as a freshman. Chosen in favor, Bison hit .534 with 12 doubles, three triples, six Homer and 25 RBI. It also swung two dozen bases.
Junior Morgan Cooper, whose team lost 2-0 and 3-1 in the regional from Wahama, returned to first place. She made 13-6 with a 0.66 ERA and amassed 253 outs in 117 innings. She averaged 0.415, knocked out in 11 runs, along with a quartet of doubles, two triples and three home runs.
Ravenswood hunter Hatty Kennedy, who was an outfielder in the first team as a teenager, threw out nine runners and finished with an average of 0.551. The Red Devil also drew 12 walks against just three outs and had 10 doubles, 10 steals, three threes, two homers and 23 RBIs.
Other multiple awards included on-site selections with St. Mary’s sophomore Zoe Winland (.429 AVG, 7-6-3, 25 RBIs, 13 SBs) and Sherman Sr. Hailea Skeens (.536 AVG, 10 HR, 28 RBIs).
Autumn Hall of Tug Valley and Taylor McHenry of Gilmer County, both seniors, are on the first team for the second time since doing so in 2019 as freshmen. Hall amassed 11 wins, a 1.97 ERA and 182 outs. The Panthers also hit 0.474 with nine pairs, one Tatar and a dozen slides. The Titan not only averaged 0.544 and drove 52, but had 10 doubles, seven triples and 14 home runs.
Dodridge County junior Jocelyn Lipscombe (.500 AVG, 15-5-8, 44 RBIs, 22 SBs) was the other selection from the first team on the field.
Wheeling Central freshman Josie Frisel, who led the Maroon Knights to the region before falling from St. Louis. Marys, joined St. Petersburg sophomore Sam Kolau (12-1, 1.80 ERA, 107 Ks) as the other pitchers in the first team.
St. Petersburg, who finished as state runner-up, also put Braylee Corbin (.553 AVG, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs) in the first utility team.
Freshman Cali Masters helped St. Marys to reach the second day of the state tournament and also won the respect of the first team in favor. Along with a 9-2 record that included a 1.71 ERA with 79 hits in 65 2-3 innings, the Blue Devil hit .398 with 10 doubles, a triple, four home runs and 21 RBIs.
The Midland Trail reached the state tournament and was represented in the first aid team by senior Megan Gill (.426 AVG, 2 HRs, 2.40 ERA, 111 Ks).
Skins and Winland were joined in the field by two seniors, Katie Darnley of Buffalo (.430 AVG, eight couples, 28 stolen thefts, 20 RBIs) and Shannon Phipps of James Monroe (.460 AVG, 3 HRs, 34 RBIs).
The Sherman Chloe Treadway pitcher was chosen as the captain of the second team.
In second place were the pitchers Ella Smith of St. Mary’s and Alex Hill of Buffalo. The five domestic players were Mikalai Taylor of St. Petersburg, Cameron Beck of Williamstown, Ashley Tomblin of Mann, Aubrey McCoy of Charleston Catholic and Brianna Price of St. Mary’s.
Leah Loudin of Tyler Consolidated, Baylee Muncy of Man and Sterling Kump of Moorefield were the team’s second outfielders.
Hunters Trio – Emily Hatfield of Tug Valley, Jayci Gray of Ritchie County and Sydney Sheets of Midland Trail – along with four useful places – Maddie Morris of Charleston Catholic, Lauren Guthrie of Sherman, Emma Wilson of Van and Ravenswood complete Castolod’s second Macy team .
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