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The Connection 2017 All-Area Softball team

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Becca Holt, Jo Byrns
Riley Hallum, White House Heritage
Alex Martin, White House Heritage
Megan Groves, White House Heritage
Savannah Dalton, Greenbrier
Sami West, White House Heritage
Sydnee Frakes, White House
Val Seay, East Robertson
Shelby Clay, Greenbrier
Haley Ralph, Greenbrier
Stephanie Palmer, White House
Caitlin Turner, Greenbrier
Annah Griffith, Springfield
Madeline Cain, White House
Janna Harris, Greenbrier
Keri Litchford, Springfield
Malone Thrift, East Robertson
Abbi Klecan, Greenbrier
Zoe Merrill, Greenbrier
Peyton MacLeod, Jo Byrns
Aleaha Chowning, East Robertson
Alyssa Arden, White House Heritage

After another strong softball season, The Connection has named its All-Area team. The selections were made by The Connection staff with input from area coaches.

Most Valuable Player: Caitlin Turner, Greenbrier

Caitlin Turner had a .493 batting average, a .539 on base percentage and a .753 slugging percentage. She had 52 singles, 12 doubles, three triples and seven home runs. While hitting in the leadoff position, Turner had 31 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. Defensively, she had 63 putouts (outs that are unassisted), 97 assists (force outs) and turned six double plays. Turner will continue her softball career playing at Lipscomb.

Pitcher of the Year: Alyssa Arden, Heritage

Alyssa Arden completely dominated in the circle for Heritage this year. In 181.2 innings pitched, Arden went 24-5. She only gave up 71 hits, 16 earned runs, 14 walks and hit 14 batters. She earned 343 strikeouts and had an ERA of 0.617. Arden had four perfect games, five no-hitters and six shutouts. She was also a Gatorade Player of the Year finalist for the state of Tennessee.

Coach of the Year: Janna Harris, Greenbrier

In her second year as head coach, Janna Harris led the 37-13-1 Lady Cats all the way to the TSSAA Class AA State Tournament, where they finished fourth. Greenbrier went 11-1 in district play with their only loss coming to Heritage, which broke a 12-game-win-streak. That was followed by a seven-game-win-streak. Three of Harris' five seniors signed to play college ball -- Savannah Dalton and Shawna Bogle both with Jackson State Community College, and Turner with Lipscomb.

Hitter of the Year: Madeline Cain, White House

Madeline Cain constantly came up clutch for White House in the batter's box. She hit .427 throughout the season with eight home runs and 37 RBIs. In the district tournament alone, Cain hit three home runs and 10 RBIs. She was the only White House player to earn an RBI against Alyssa Arden this season -- she had two.

Rivalry of the Year: Greenbrier vs. Heritage

The seven-game series between Heritage and Greenbrier was epic. These two teams took first and second in the district and region tournament. Heritage took the district tournament after beating Greenbrier twice to force the if necessary game and to win the championship. Greenbrier retaliated in their seventh meeting of the year with an extra innings win thanks to back-to-back home runs by Dalton and Kaylee Rector.

ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM

Savannah Dalton, Greenbrier

Sydnee Frakes, White House

Annah Griffith, Springfield

Megan Groves, Heritage

Alex Martin, Heritage

Haley Ralph, Greenbrier

Val Seay, East Robertson

Malone Thrift, East Robertson

Sami West, Heritage

ALL-AREA SECOND TEAM

Aleaha Chowning, East Robertson

Shelby Clay, Greenbrier

Riley Hallum, Heritage

Becca Holt, Jo Byrns

Abbi Klecan, Greenbrier

Keri Litchford, Springfield

Zoe Merrill, Greenbrier

Peyton MacLeod, Jo Byrns

Stephanie Palmer, White House

ALL-AREA ACADEMIC ALL-STARS

These student-athletes showed outstanding effort both on and off the field and excelled in the classroom with GPAs of 3.5 or greater.

4.0 GPA students:

Shelby Bennett, Greenbrier

Stephanie Palmer, White House

Taylor Gregory, Jo Byrns

Annah Griffith, Springfield

Keri Litchford, Springfield

3.5 GPA students:

Caitlin Turner, Greenbrier

Kaylee Rector, Greenbrier

Abbi Klecan, Greenbrier

Haley Ralph, Greenbrier

Kennedy Butterworth, White House

Kyra McCall, White House

Lauren Smith, White House

Grace Fillmore, White House

Sydnee Frakes, White House

Hailey Vanderpool, White House

Erica Moore, White House

Copelynne Whitaker, White House

Madleine Cain, White House

Emilee Bundy, Springfield

Lily Hunnicutt, Springfield

Elizabeth Funk, Springfield

Katie Rhodes, Springfield

Ashton Hudgens, East Robertson

Val Seay, East Robertson

Lexi Young, East Robertson

Aleaha Chowning, East Robertson

Dee Dee Dunn, East Robertson

Ashtyn Blair, East Robertson

Taylor Gamble, East Robertson

Haley Pratt, East Robertson

Chase Marlin, East Robertson

Abigail Dixon, East Robertson

Hanna Sermons, East Robertson

Malone Thrift, East Robertson

Mattie Aulds, East Robertson

Jaya Herring, Jo Byrns

Becca Holt, Jo Byrns

Peyton MacLeod, Jo Byrns

Abbi Putnam, Jo Byrns

Ashton Kirkup, White House Heritage

Megan Groves, White House Heritage

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