22 softball players named all-Region 7-AAAAA; Roberts named top coach

22 softball players named all-Region 7-AAAAA; Roberts named top coach

STAFF REPORT
A trio of local schools racked up 22 total honorees on the all-Region 7-AAAA team announced Wednesday.

Along with the players honored from Cartersville, Cass and Woodland, Wildcats head coach Colman Roberts landed region coach of the year in his final season. Roberts announced his retirement from coaching following Woodland’s season-ending loss to eventual Class 5A state champion Jones County in the Elite Eight.

The Wildcats placed six individuals on the all-region first team, including each of the squad’s four seniors — outfielder Morgan Cooper, shortstop Ansley Evans, third baseman Hannah Miller and catcher Kailey Baker. Joining the foursome were juniors Lainey Baker and Michiah Hicks. Woodland, which finished as region runner-up, also saw sophomore Cambrie Carrington placed on the second team.

Meanwhile, Cass landed two first-team selections in sophomores Alexis Woods and Ansley Hight. Cartersville outfielder Anna Kate McElhaney also garnered first-team honors.

The Colonels, who came in third in the region to earn their first trip to the playoffs since 2009, produced six players on the second team. The group was comprised of senior infielders Kendyl Hardin and Haley Smith; juniors Eryn Lee, Rachael Lee and Kimberly Allen; and sophomore Haylee Dishmon.

Aside from McElhaney, the Canes landed three players apiece on the second-team and honorable-mention lists. A trio of Cartersville sophomores — Mikey Lewis, Ava Perkins and Campbell Rogers — were on the second team, while freshman Amelia Elrod joined two more 10th-graders in Kiley Arnold and McKinley Chada on honorable mention.

Calhoun’s Lyndi Rae Davis, who signed Wednesday with the University of Georgia, earned player of the year selection. The senior catcher was one of eight Yellow Jackets to land first-team honors. Four other players were either second-team or honorable-mention choices for Calhoun, which won the region championship.

Blessed Trinity totaled six honorees, while Hiram wound up with three to round out the six-team region.