A total of 10 players from the combined Walker and Catoosa County area were recently named as GACA All-State selections for the 2017 season.
The list is spearheaded by Gordon Lee's Gracey Kruse, who was not only named first team, but was tabbed as the Player of the Year in Class A's Public School Division for a second straight year.
Kruse, who will continue her career at Chattanooga, tormented opposing pitching in her senior season as the centerfielder hit a whopping .581 to go with 17 doubles, four triples and eight homers to help lead the Lady Trojans to a third straight state championship.
She scored 50 runs, drove in 43 more and swiped 17 bases, finishing the season with a an on-base percentage of .653 and a slugging percentage of 1.108.
Three of her Gordon Lee teammates joined her as first team picks.
Senior shortstop and future Kennesaw State Lady Owl Faith Alexander hit .529 with six doubles, one triple, 24 RBIs, 33 runs scored and 29 stolen bases after recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.
Senior pitcher and Stetson University signee Canaan Burnett went 19-2 in the circle with 109 strikeouts in 112.2 innings, finishing the year with a 1.18 ERA. She also batted .396 with six doubles, four homers and 25 RBIs.
Junior infielder Paxton Grimes, a Tennessee Tech commit, hit .457 this fall with 10 doubles and a triple, while her 11 homers broke Kruse's single-season mark. Grimes also scored 31 runs and knocked in 46 more.
Junior outfielder Reagan Thompson hit .324 with 17 RBIs and 20 runs scored to be named to the second team. Joining her is freshman Emma Minghini. A Penn State commit, Mingini went 12-1 in the circle with a 1.06 ERA. She struck out 57 and walked just eight in 65.2 innings of work and batted an even .400 with five doubles, two triples and 19 RBIs.
In Class AAAA, Heritage's Madi Morris turned in one of the best seasons ever for a General and was rewarded with a first team selection.
The senior outfielder hit a robust .455 with nine doubles, three triples and a single-season school-record 10 homers to help send Heritage to the region title. Morris scored 42 runs, drove in 50 more, had an on-base percentage of .509 and slugged .909.
Freshman pitcher Rachel Gibson earned second team honors after going 8-5 with 93 strikeouts in 65.1 innings of work. Gibson, who had a 2.57 ERA, got stronger as the season went on and threw a six-inning perfect game against state-ranked Northwest Whitfield in the region tournament. She also hit .318 with seven doubles, four homers and 13 RBIs, while stealing 15 bases.
The Class AAAA second team also includes a pair of Ridgeland standouts.
Senior shortstop Haley Sandridge batted .444 for the regular season region winners. She collected 13 doubles, seven triples and three homers, knocking in 24 runs and scoring 42 more with a .500 on-base percentage and an .808 slugging percentage.
Junior catcher Katie Davis was also named to the glitter squad after hitting .469 with seven doubles, one triple and three homers. She was the Lady Panthers' leader with 43 RBIs, while adding a .505 on-base percentage and a .656 slugging percentage.