POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Three players representing the Point Pleasant Lady Knights — including a three-time honoree — have been selected to the West Virginia Class AAA all-state softball squad, as voted upon by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Karissa Cochran, the senior standout pitcher and three-hole hitter for the Lady Knights, is that three-time all-state choice.
However, just like last season, Cochran actually made the all-state first team as a utility player.
She was a second-team all-state pick two years ago.
As a pitcher, she worked 197 and two-thirds innings in posting a 21-10 record, while striking out exactly 200 against only 24 walks.
Her earned run average was a mere 2.55.
At the plate, in 108 official at-bats in 33 games played, she hit .370 with 40 hits and 20 runs batted in, including five doubles and two home runs.
After being the only Lady Knight honored last year, Cochran is joined on this season’s all-state club by fellow senior Makinley Higginbotham and sophomore sister Leah Cochran.
Higginbotham, named to the Special Honorable Mention list, was the team’s two-hole hitter and regular shortstop.
In 104 official at-bats in 33 games played, she batted .356 with 37 hits and 16 RBI — as she doubled seven times along with two triples and four homers.
Her 33 runs scored were a team best.
In the field, she recorded 52 assists and 59 putouts against only five errors.
Leah Cochran, batting in the five-spot and making Honorable Mention, played first base for Point Pleasant.
She played in 27 total games and batted .395, collecting 86 official at-bats and 34 basehits.
She scored 21 runs with nine doubles, conking three home runs with a team-high 28 RBI.
The Lady Knights went 24-10 in 2016 — as Point Pleasant played in its second regional championship game in three years.
It was part of its 11th regional appearance in a row, including the fourth consecutive at the AAA level.
Point Pleasant lost in the Region 4 final to Hurricane, which went on to win its second straight state championship.
Katie Adams of Hurricane is the first-team’s captain as a utility player, even though she was the Redskins’ junior ace pitcher.
Syd Sipple, a junior from Huntington High, was the second-team captain as an infielder.
WVSWA Class AAA all-state team
P — Sabrina Shroades, Musselman, Sr.
P — Amanda McDonald, South Charleston, Sr.
P — Darby Petersen, Ripley, Sr.
P — Lauren Garcia, John Marshall, So.
IF — Haley Caldwell, Spring Valley, Jr.
IF — Caiti Mathes, Hurricane, Fr.
IF — Brooke Clark, Shady Spring, So.
IF — Sarah Barrett, Lincoln County, Sr.
IF — Jayme Bailey, Hurricane, So.
OF — Kiersten Landers, South Charleston, So.
OF — Bella Coles, Greenbrier East, Sr.
OF — Olivia Orcutt-Lazo, South Charleston, Sr.
UTIL — Katie Adams, Hurricane, Jr. (captain)
UTIL — Taylor Stocks, Musselman, Sr.
UTIL — Karissa Cochran, Point Pleasant, Sr.
UTIL — Brooke Jackson, Spring Valley, Sr.
C — Kat Donzella, Wheeling Park, Jr.
C — Haleigh Christopher, Spring Valley, Sr.
P — Alyssa Blake, John Marshall, Sr.
P — Makenzie Amend, Wheeling Park, Jr.
P — Haley Shires, Greenbrier East, Jr.
P — Cartney Schoolcraft, Winfield, Jr.
IF — Syd Sipple, Huntington High, Jr. (captain)
IF — Paige Swisher, Ripley, So.
IF — Kelcie Jenkins, Musselman, Sr.
IF — Kendal Marshall, Riverside, Jr.
IF — Haley Collett, Elkins, Jr.
OF — Taylor Simala, Brooke, Sr.
OF — Amber Null, Hurricane, Sr.
OF — Karlee Alderman, Spring Valley, Sr.
UTIL — Erika Williams, Huntington, So.
UTIL — Gracie Donato, Riverside, So.
UTIL — Alyssa Adkins, Lincoln County, Jr.
UTIL — Jordyn Munson, Hedgesville, Sr.
C — Bella Posey, Lewis County, Fr.
C — Kacee Roberts, Parkersburg, So.
Special Honorable Mention
Hannah McClung, Buckhannon-Upshur; Tori Adkins, Cabell Midland; Kati Kelley, Cabell Midland; Amy Fincham, Elkins; Shayla Fry, Greenbrier East; Peyton Conner, Hedgesville; Alyssa Parks, Hedgesville; Paige Scruggs, Hurricane; Maddie Hebb, Hurricane; Camryn Michallas, Huntington; Bre Clark, Huntington; Jenna Witt, Jefferson; Carli Lightner, John Marshall; Rachel Pennington, Lincoln County; Hannah Johnson, Oak Hill; Baylee Hilling, Parkersburg; Sarah Huffman, Parkersburg South; Makinley Higginbotham, Point Pleasant; Kelsey Moore, Ripley; Maranda Allen, Shady Spring; Ashley Burger, Spring Mills; Taylor Scott, Spring Valley; Britney Sharp, St. Albans; Rachel Rousseau, University; Taylor Cenate, Washington; Laral Saunders, Wheeling Park; Emily Moore, Winfield
Olivia Canterbury, Cabell Midland; Sydney Maynard, Cabell Midland; Alyssa Harper, Elkins; Grace Smith, George Washington; Lexi Tincher, Greenbrier East; Emilee McClellan, Huntington High; Madi Howell, Huntington High; Taylor McCray, Hurricane; Zoey Dunlap, Hurricane; Tori White, Lewis County; Hannah Sedlock, Logan; Jordan Bohrer, Martinsburg; Ciera Workman, Oak Hill; Kelsey Goots, Parkersburg; Leah Cochran, Point Pleasant; Myranda Murphy, Ripley; Hannah McDermit, Riverside; Peyton Wiseman, Shady Spring; Darian Vines, Shady Spring; Kelly Knuckles, South Charleston; Courtney Gordon, Spring Mills; Taylor Brumfield, Spring Valley; Gracie Carnes, St. Albans; Tessa Chafin, University; Mikayla Willingham, Washington
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106