By Shawn Stinson
Two members of the Pendleton County High School softball team was recognized for their play during the 2022 season.
Freshman Lizzie Alt was tabbed to the first team all-Potomac Valley Conference squad. Alt hit .453 with three home runs and 18 runs batted in. She added seven doubles, three triples and scored 29 runs. She recorded a .578 on-base percentage and slugged .797 on the season.
Paige Shaffer from Tucker County was named the conference’s player of the year. Petersburg’s Bubba Hedrick was selected as coach of the year.
Joining Alt and Shaffer on the all-PVC first team were Sammy Colaw, Braylee Corbin, MacKenzie Kitzmiller and Mickala Taylor, all of Petersburg, Cheyann Gooden, Kristen Hicks and Ava Shaffer, all of Tucker County, Emma Heishman and Gabbie Miller, both of East Hardy, and Macaden Taylor of Pocahontas County.
Sophomore Baylee Beachler was tabbed to the all-PVC second team. Beachler hit .403 with two home runs and 24 RBIs. She had five triples and doubles this season. She notched a .537 on-base percentage and slugged .742.
Vickie Ames, Autumn Crites and Tori Pratt from East Hardy, Kendal Cutright and Brenlyn Swecker from Tygarts Valley, Rachel Felton and Autumn Russell from Tucker County and Emma Riffe and Kelsi Taylor from Pocahontas County were all named to the all-PVC second team with Beachler.
Pendleton coach Charlie Padgett honored four players at the team’s award cookout. He selected freshmen Avery Townsend and Alt to receive the squad’s offensive award.
Townsend hit .471 with five triples and four doubles. She recorded 14 RBIs and notched a .575 on-base percentage as well as slugging .676 for the season.
Sophomore Nataley Hedrick received the team’s defensive award. Hedrick played multiple positions this season. She hit .323 with two triples and doubles with 10 RBIs. Hedrick finished with a .440 on-base percentage and slugged .387.
Senior Keira Gardner earned the coach’s award. Gardner hit .421 with a home run and 19 RBIs. She added three doubles and two triples. Gardner recorded a .535 on-base percentage with a .596 slugging percentage.