Roane’s Olivia Mace honored on Class AA softball all-state first team
Braxton’s Amber Frame makes top squad also
BECKLEY — It didn’t matter much that Oak Glen’s softball team was very young this season
The Bears had quite the senior leader in pitcher Hannah Clunk, who carried them to the Class AA state tournament.
Clunk, who struck out 242 opponents with a wide variety of pitches, captains the AA all-state team as selected by a panel from the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
The right-hander was 19-3-1 in the circle and owned a stellar 1.17 ERA.
“Hannah has a lot of different pitches. She didn’t just learn them, she mastered them,” Oak Glen coach Morgan Bricker said. “She is goal-driven, focused and relentless. When she’s on her game, she’s hard to touch. She really takes command.”
Clunk, who committed to Fairmont State University in the preseason, was a formidable foe at the plate as well.
She batted .429 with five home runs, 19 doubles, 29 runs and 39 RBIs.
“Hannah is the whole package,” Bricker said. “Before she bats she’ll watch her swing and makes sure it’s smooth. She’s patient and disciplined, and can take it to any field.”
Clunk leads, both verbally and by example.
“Hannah never gets down on herself or her teammates. She’s a standout kid,” Bricker said. “You’re not going to find someone who loves the game like she does.”
Wyoming East’s Holly Brehm, Independence’s Emily Ward and Chapmanville’s Kenzie McCann are the other first-team pitchers.
The all-state infield boasts five players with superlative batting averages.
James Monroe’s Cassie Weikle, Poca’s Casey Skeens, Sissonville’s Jenna Thomas, Shady Spring’s Brooke Clark, and Bridgeport’s Emily Riggs all finished the season above the .500 mark.
Weikle had plenty of extra base pop for the Mavericks with seven doubles, five triples, and two bombs.
Speed was Skeens calling card in 2017. The Eastern Michigan commit swiped 36 bags.
Thomas brought plenty of power after she hit 11 home runs and 16 doubles.
Clark tallied six home runs, a baker’s dozen of doubles, and brought home 34 teammates.
Riggs found power alleys often for the Indians. She legged out 21 doubles and smacked three home runs.
The outfielders are seniors Katie Beeman from Frankfort and Kelsey Naylor from Herbert Hoover, plus Lincoln County junior Rachel Pennington.
Beeman propelled the Falcons, batting .456 with six home runs, 10 doubles and four triples. She scored 29 runs and drove in drove in 37 more.
Naylor hit .345 with five home runs, eight doubles, 32 runs and 31 RBIs for the state champion Huskies.
Pennington was trouble for opponents both at the plate and on the basepaths. She batted .521 and stole 54 bases.
Chapmanville junior Grace Belcher and Petersburg senior Leah Hahn are the first-team catchers.
Four versatile players round out the squad at utility positions.
Dellani Fix made her mark in leading Herbert Hoover to the championship. The senior was 12-2 in the circle with 61 strikeouts and a 1.56 ERA. Equally impressive was her .423 average to go with five home runs and 42 RBIs.
Winfield senior Cartney Schoolcraft was 16-2 with 129 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.52. She batted .425 with eight doubles, three home runs and 14 stolen bases.
Braxton County junior Amber Frame caught and played infield for the Tigers. She batted .478 with nine doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 49 RBIs. She scored 37 runs and had a .947 fielding percentage.
Olivia Mace, a junior at Roane County, pitched and played infield. She won five games, had an ERA of 1.91 and struck out 122 batters in 73 innings. She also lit it up at the plate, batting .585 with 12 doubles and 20 RBIs.
Petersburg freshman pitcher Carly Cooper captains the double-A second team.
Clay County’s Sarah Boggs received infield honors.