The Calhoun Softball team earned a big piece of team hardware (the Class AAA State Championship Trophy) a few weeks ago in Columbus, and now the individual accolades are starting to roll in.
The Lady Jackets were well represented on the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Class AAA All-State Team which was announced this week, and freshman Lyndi Rae Davis and head coach Diane Smith earned the top honors.
Davis was named the Class AAA Player of the Year after an outstanding freshman season in which she hit .494 with eight homers, 11 doubles and 49 RBIs while playing multiple positions, including third base, first base and catcher. She also had several clutch hits at the Class AAA Elite Eight in Columbus, including a three-run homer vs. Cook in the finals.
Smith, who has led the Calhoun program for more than 30 years and has nearly 700 wins combined between fast-pitch and slow-pitch, was named the Class AAA Coach of the Year after guiding the Lady Jackets to a 30-8 record, the team’s fourth state title in five year and their fifth straight region title.
The honors didn’t end there as the Lady Jackets had a pair of players named to the Class AAA All-State First Team, including Adella Carver and Carlie Henderson. Carver (C, Sr.) hit .413 with 12 homers, six doubles, one triple and 50 RBIs, and Henderson (CF, Sr.) hit .504 with 64 total hits, including 11 doubles, one triple, to go with 64 runs scored.
Making the cut on the Class AAA All-State Second Team was pitcher Maggie McBrayer and outfielder Erin Barnes. McBrayer, a freshman, went 15-3 in the circle with a 2.73 ERA, 16 complete games and 99 strikeouts. Barnes hit .276 this season with seven doubles, a triple, 20 RBIs and 39 runs scored.
Calhoun assistant coaches Kayla Ralston and Lisa Drake were also named as the Class AAA Assistant Coaches of the Year.
Sonoraville had a pair of players named to the Class AAA All-State Second Team with Sandra Beth Pritchett and Harleigh Chastain making the cut. Pritchett, a sophomore catcher, hit .419 this season with five doubles, five homers and 2 RBIs while also throwing out nine potential base-stealers. Chastain, a senior shortstop, finished out her high school career by hitting .448 in her last prep season with five doubles, a triple, 35 runs scored and 23 stolen bases.
The pair helped lead the Lady Phoenix to a memorable run this past Fall, which included the program’s second-ever trip to the Class AAA Elite Eight in Columbus.
Sonoraville finished with a record of 21-17, which included their first-ever win at the Elite Eight in Columbus. The team finished as the No. 1 seed in Region 6-AAA South for the region playoffs and then advanced through the two rounds of the state tournament as a No. 4 to punch their ticket to Columbus.