All-State Softball: SC's Ergle, Lay take top 1A honors

Walker, Cordova also represented on first team

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 6/9/17

Sumiton Christian’s Jenna Ergle has been a top name in postseason awards throughout her high school career and the 2017 season has proved to be no exception.

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All-State Softball: SC's Ergle, Lay take top 1A honors

Walker, Cordova also represented on first team

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Sumiton Christian’s Jenna Ergle has been a top name in postseason awards throughout her high school career and the 2017 season has proved to be no exception.

Ergle has been named both the Class 1A Player of the Year, as well as the Class 1A Hitter of the Year, leading the list of 13 county players named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State Team, which was released Friday night.

The Eagles placed five players on the listing, followed by Cordova’s three team members and Walker’s two players. Carbon Hill, Oakman and Curry followed with one player each.

The Player of the Year award for Ergle is her third time to win the award — also being named the recipient in 2014 and 2015. She’s also been named Hitter of the Year for four consecutive seasons.

On the year, Ergle hit .544 at the plate, hitting 24 home runs including three grand slams, 124 RBIs, 17 doubles, two triples and scored 70 runs. Her 124 RBIs place her second in the state record books behind her 127 RBIs in 2014 and ahead of her 106 RBIs in 2016.

Kamree Lay picked up her third-straight Pitcher of the Year award after a 47-6 season. On the year, she recorded an ERA of 0.96, with 40 complete games, 20 shutouts, 11 no-hitters, four perfect games with 463 strikeouts.

During Sumiton Christian’s state championship tournament campaign, Lay pitched 31 and one-third innings through the final day of action, which concluded with two straight wins over defending champion Brantley.

Also named to the Class 1A First-Team All-State for the Eagles were Kendall Beth Sides — who set a record for most runs scored in a season with 109 runs and led the nation in stolen bases at 99, Savanah Langston — second behind Sides in runs scored at 85 and stolen bases at 91 - and freshman newcomer and state tournament MVP Taylor Whisonant.

The Cordova Blue Devils, who finished the 2017 season in fourth place after an impressive state tournament showing, had senior Hannah Ingram named to the Class 4A First-Team after hitting .545 with 44 run scored, 57 RBIs, 17 doubles, five triples and seven home runs. Junior Mary Kilpatrick, who scored 67 runs and stole 67 bases on the season and sophomore Emma Hyche (.547 batting average) were named as honorable mentions.

The Walker Vikings made a return to the state tournament and had junior Skylar Birdyshaw and sophomore Tameyah Griffin named to the Class 6A First-Team.

Other county players earning spots were Curry’s Kyndra Richard (Class 5A - Second-Team), Oakman’s Peyton Willcutt (Class 3A - Second Team) and Carbon Hill’s Makindle McGough (Class 3A - HM).

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2017 ASWA All-State Softball Team

CLASS 6A

First Team

1B - Skylar Birdyshaw, Walker, Jr.

OF - Mia Griffin, Walker, So.

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CLASS 5A

Second Team

UTL - Kyndra Richard, Curry, Jr.

Honorable Mention

3B - Brantly Bonds, Corner, Sr.

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CLASS 4A

First Team

OF - Hannah Ingram, Cordova, Sr.

Honorable Mention

Outfield: Mary Kilpatrick, Cordova, Jr.

Designated hitter: Emma Hyche, Cordova, So.

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CLASS 3A

Second Team

DH - Peyton Willcutt, Oakman, Sr.

Honorable Mention

Third base: Makindle McGough, Carbon Hill, Jr.

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CLASS 1A

Pitcher of the Year: Kamree Lay, Sumiton Christian

Hitter of the Year: Jenna Ergle, Sumiton Christian

Player of the Year: Jenna Ergle, Sumiton Christian

First Team

P - Kamree Lay, Sumiton Christian, Sr.

3B - Taylor Whisonant, Sumiton Christian, Fr.

OF - Savanah Langston, Sumiton Christian, Sr.

OF - Kendall Beth Sides, Sumiton Christian, Sr.

DH - Jenna Ergle, Sumiton Christian, Sr.