Best in the state: 7 local players, 1 coach honored on all-state softball team

Plainview senior Crimson Wells was named Class 3A's hitter of year and was a first team all-state selection as a designated hitter.

This year’s Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State Softball Team features seven local athletes and one coach representing three county programs.

The Plainview Lady Bears, Sylvania Lady Rams and Collinsville Lady Panthers were the three local teams represented.

The Lady Bears three all-state selections were eighth grader Lily Boswell, senior Crimson Wells and junior Kenzi Traylor.

Boswell was named a Class 3A first team all-state pitcher after helping lead the Lady Bears to their fourth straight trip to Montgomery for the 3A state tournament.

The county’s co-defensive player of the year earned a record of 24-6 and had one save. She struck out 246 batters and walked just 21 in 187 1/3 innings pitched.

Boswell recorded a 1.90 ERA and a .838 WHIP. She had double-digit strikeouts in 10 games this season, including 13 Ks in Plainview’s state tournament opener against Prattville Christian, who went on to finish third in Class 3A.

She fired over 70 percent of her pitches for strikes, averaged throwing under 15 pitches per inning and retired the side in order 74 times this past season. Opposing lineups batted .195 against her.

Wells was named a 3A first team all-state designated hitter and earned the highest honors among all local players as she was also named Class 3A’s Hitter of the Year.

The Lady Bears’ top hitter batted .437, had an on-base percentage of .500 and slugged .956 in her senior campaign.

Wells more than half of her 69 base hits go for extra bases. She smoked 13 doubles, 23 home runs, drove in 85 RBIs and scored 53 runs in 54 games this past season. She walked 19 times and went down on strikes just 22 times in 187 plate appearances.

Wells had two multi-home run games, with the latter of the two coming in Lady Bears’ state tournament game against Oakman. She drove in at least one RBI in 37 games this season.

Plainview junior Kenzi Traylor made the team as a second team all-state utility player.

The county’s hitter of the year batted .440 with a .482 on-base percentage and slugged .749 this past season. Traylor smacked 77 base hits, including 26 doubles, two triples and eight home runs. She drove in 67 RBIs and scored 53 runs in 54 games.

Traylor only struck out eight times in 201 plate appearances and drew 16 walks. She batted .469 with runners in scoring position and had either a hit, a run scored or an RBI in 47 of the Lady Bears’ 54 games this season.

The Collinsville Lady Panthers had head coach James Coker named the Class 2A Coach of the Year while junior Brittany Rivera, senior Courtney Baine and sophomore Caroline Brannon earned first and second team all-state honors.

Coker’s team finished their regular season with 26 wins before defeating Fyffe twice to become 2A, Area 13 Tournament champions.

The Lady Panthers then split their first two games of the 2A North Regional Tournament before winning three straight games, including a 4-3 walk-off win over Ider, to escape the losers’ bracket and punch their ticket to Montgomery for the 2A State Tournament.

Collinsville then stunned regional tournament champions Leroy and Sand Rock in their first two games of state tournament play. Those two wins allowed the Lady Panthers to place third in the state tournament, marking the program’s best finish in team history.

Rivera was one of four infielders to earn 2A first team all-state honors.

The junior shortstop batted .410 with a .494 on-base percentage and .736 slugging percentage. Rivera smacked 35 singles, 10 doubles, five triples and nine home runs this past season. She drove in 43 RBIs, scored 52 runs, went down on strikes 22 times and walked 16 times in 49 games.

Rivera was 16-for-17 on stolen-base attempts and hit .478 with runners in scoring position. Her best single-game performance came on an April 16 win at Ider where Rivera launched two home runs and drove in five RBIs.

Baine earned second team all-state honors as an outfielder in Class 2A. She had the Lady Panthers’ best batting average at .474 and posted an on-base percentage of .532 along with a .714 slugging percentage.

The Snead State signee smacked 73 base hits, including 19 doubles, three triples and four home runs. She drove in 60 RBIs and scored 44 runs. She drew 19 walks and struck out just 13 times in 173 plate appearances in 52 games.

Baine’s best single-game performance came in an April 23 win over Piedmont where she batted 3-for-4 with five RBIs and was a double away from hitting for the cycle.

Brannon earned first team all-state honors in Class 2A as a designated hitter after leading the Lady Panthers in runs scored (54), on-base percentage (.558), and slugging percentage (.740) in her sophomore year.

Brannon batted .439 in the heart of Collinsville’s lineup. She smacked 54 base hits, including 17 doubles, one triple and six home runs. She drove in 38 RBIs, drew 27 walks and struck out 15 times in 157 plate appearances over the course of 48 games.

Brannon was 11-for-12 on stolen-base attempts and hit .417 with runners in scoring position. Her best individual performances came against Cedar Bluff and Fyffe.

In a May 2 win over Fyffe, Brannon went 2-for-3 with a season-high five RBIs in a 13-2 win. On April 5 against Cedar Bluff, Brannon batted 3-for-3 with a homer, a double, four RBIs and three runs scored.

The Sylvania Lady Rams had one all-state selection in junior pitcher Lauren Womack, who earned an honorable mention on the Class 3A team.

Womack was also named the DeKalb County co-defensive player of the year alongside Plainview’s Lily Boswell.

Womack’s pitching helped the Lady Rams stay competitive in what may be the toughest area in all of Class 3A against rivals Pisgah, Plainview and Geraldine.

Womack earned a 19-9 record out of the pitcher’s circle and struck out 240 batters in 187 1/3 innings of work. She walked 39, had a 2.57 ERA and posted a WHIP of 1.06.

She retired the side in order 68 times this season and opposing lineups batted .220 against her.

Womack also constantly helped her own cause at the plate. She batted .406 with 29 RBIs and scored 25 runs. She had 59 hits, including eight doubles, five triples and one home run. She struck out just five times in 157 plate appearances and batted .514 with runners in scoring position.

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