CHARLESTON, W.Va. — No capes, but they were still a dynamic duo.
Wahama landed two players on the West Virginia Sports Writers’ Association Class A all-state softball teams for the 2017 campaign — as voted on by a select panel of media members throughout the Mountain State.
Hannah Rose and Maddy VanMatre each garnered all-state accolades for their efforts this past season, a spring that witnessed the Lady Falcons put together one of the more historic campaigns in school history.
Rose — a freshman — earned first team honors as an infielder, while VanMatre — a sophomore — came away with second team honors as a catcher. Both are first-time recipients of all-state accolades in softball.
Rose — the regular starting shortstop — collected 62 hits in 102 at-bats for a .608 average. Rose stole 22 bases and accumulated 18 doubles, three triples and two homers while driving in 31 RBIs and scoring 57 runs.
VanMatre collected 44 hits in 106 at-bats for a .415 average, which included 10 doubles and three homers. VanMatre led WHS in home runs and was second in runs batted in with 37.
The Lady Falcons finished the year with a 23-10 overall mark and came away with the program’s first-ever outright softball title in the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division, going 14-2 in league play. WHS also shared TVC Hocking titles in 2012 and 2013.
Wheeling Central junior Marissa Garlitz — a pitcher — was named the first team captain, while Notre Dame sophomore Kira Riffle — a utility selection — was chosen as the second team captain.
Wahama was the only Mason County program to land a player on the Class A squad as Hannan did not receive a selection.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
2017 WVSWA Class A softball teams
Pitchers: Marissa Garlitz, Wheeling Central, Jr. (captain); Katie Gasvoda, Madonna, Jr.; Abbey Ammons, Clay-Battelle, Jr.; Kora Younts, Richwood, Sr.
Infielders: Hannah Rose, Wahama, Fr.; Courtney Dotson, Williamstown, Sr.; Bethany Smith, Moorefield, Sr.; Skyler Mace, Ravenswood, Jr.; Taylor Dickerson, Midland Trail, Jr.
Outfielders: Kaitlyn Ferns, Wheeling Central, So.; Sophia Recrosio, Madonna, So.; Madison West, Tyler Consolidated, Sr.
Catchers: Skylar Bogan, Wirt County, Jr.; Bayli Manns, Ravenswood, Sr.
Utility: Vanessa Templeton, Tyler Consolidated, Sr.; Autumn Thompson, Sherman, Fr.; Caitlyn Kassay, Clay-Battelle, So.; Rebekah Markwood, Moorefield, So.
Pitchers: Ashley Fridley, Fayetteville, Jr.; Nellie King, Williamstown, Sr.; Ashley Tharp, Magnolia, So.; Riley Bennington, Wheeling Central, Jr.
Infielders: Katlyn Jenkins, Sherman, So.; Brooke Persinger, Buffalo, Jr.; Whittney Justice, Summers County, Sr.; Courtney Swenskie, South Harrison, Sr.; Carrie Taylor, Fayetteville, Jr.
Outfielders: Claudia Cubides, Ravenswood, Sr.; Brooklyn Hinzman, Doddridge County, So.; Tiffani Cline, Summers County, Jr.
Catchers: Maddy VanMatre, Wahama, So.; Ashley Mordan, Notre Dame, Sr.
Utility: Kira Riffle, Notre Dame, So. (captain); Emma Baker, Moorefield, So.; Maddie Menendez, Bishop Donahue, So.; Jessi Lockart, Wirt County, Sr.
SPECIAL HONORABLE MENTION
Hannah Mozingo, Wheeling Central; Kylie Martin, Tyler Consolidated; Aubrey Neff, Paden City; Katlynn Rasnake, Buffalo; Lindsey Russell, Buffalo; Sydney Seagraves, Sherman; Kendall Bowen, Ravenswood; Bayley Wellings, Gilmer County; Kayla Randolph, Wirt County; Hannah Loy, Paden City; Brittney Justice, Summers County; Makenna Nickell, Midland Trail; Katie Mullins, Richwood; Sydney Lipscomb, South Harrison; Paige Metzgar, St. Joseph.
Karli Sutton, Madonna; Emilee Ondrik, Wheeling Central; Maria Murphy, Wheeling Central; Courtney Walker, Cameron; Breanna Pekula, Cameron; Maddie Adkins, Bishop Donahue; Josie Bonar, Bishop Donahue; Madison DeVaughn, Tyler Consolidated; Hannah Loy, Paden City; Jenna Ferrebee, Paden City; Kendra Pilant, Magnolia; Paige Brill, Magnolia; Maggie Bird, Buffalo; Olivia Corbett, Charleston Catholic; Kelly Kreitzer, Charleston Catholic; Jordan Fox, St. Marys; Haley Wanstreet, Gilmer County; Kylie Martin, Tyler Consolidated; Aubrey Neff, Paden City; Cassidy Roles, Fayetteville; Faith Norris, Fayetteville; Destiny Ball, Montcalm; Molly Wheeler, South Harrison; Katie Devericks, South Harrison; Emma McKeen, Notre Dame; Avery Karne, St. Joseph.
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