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Area athletes named to All SAC baseball, softball teams

Area athletes named to All SAC baseball, softball teams Area athletes named to All SAC baseball, softball teams
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

As the high school baseball and softball seasons draw to a close, the Southern Athletic Conference is one of many conferences that are handing out annual all-conference awards.

On the baseball diamond, Borden swept its way to a second consecutive SAC title and had plenty of representation on the All-SAC team, led by ace Gavin Gentry and skipper Eric Stotts, who was named the league’s Most Outstanding Player and Coach of the Year, respectively, for the second straight year.

South Central also did not change from a year ago as it finished second in the standings with a 4-1 record, the Rebels’ only loss in league play coming against the Braves. The Rebels were led by sophomore Christian Kiper on the All-SAC team, which also includes newcomers John Davis and Wyatt Johnson.

Lanesville’s 2-3 record once again forced the Eagles to settle for fourth in the SAC standings, their two wins coming in blow-out fashion against New Washington and Crothersville. The Eagles had a pair of All-SAC honorees in seniors Ty Tidstrom and Brandon Gibson.

Other All-SAC selections for baseball include A.J. Agnew (Borden), Dylan Toler (Borden), Alex Schuler (Borden), Cade Riley (Henryville), Sam Guernsey (Henryville) and Connor Bailey (New Washington).

Henryville ended Lanesville’s three-year reign atop the standings as its 4-0 record gave the Lady Hornets their first SAC title since the 2015-16 season. The Lady Hornets only had two All-SAC selections, Allie McAfee and Peyton Steward, the latter being named Most Outstanding Player. Lady Hornets’ skipper Amanda Raine was named Coach of the Year for the second straight year.

Lanesville finished tied with Borden for second in the SAC standings with a 2-2 record. The Lady Eagles led the conference with four All-SAC selections: Morgan Sonner, Ava Kerr, Merissa Elder and Lindsey Casabella.

While still going through a program rebuild, South Central tied with New Washington for last place in the conference standings with a 1-3 record. That lone victory came against rival Lanesville, which reportedly used an illegal player during its 17-0 rout of the Lady Rebels, prompting an automatic forfeit. Infielder Makaylie Patterson was the Lady Rebels’ lone representative on the All-SAC team.

Other all-conference selections are Reagan Loy (Borden), Emily Schottelkotte (Borden), Hailey Hurst (Borden), Caitlyn Cook (Borden) and Liberty Griffin (New Washington).