Seven Berkeley High School softball seniors wave goodbye to the program after another solid season on the diamond.
The Lady Stags won the Region 7-AAAAA championship and compiled a 19-7 record. The season ended in the district playoffs with a pair of losses to Lexington High School.
“I am very proud of this group,” BHS coach Kelley Dillon said. “We faced adversity several times throughout the season and it showed a lot about this group of athletes and their character. These seniors have committed many years to the program and they helped lay down the ground work for where the Berkeley softball program is headed. Each of my seniors contributed in big ways this year. It took all of us to win games and every one had a role to fill.”
The group moving on is P Raelee Brabham, OF Alexus Shreve, OF Brooklynn Stueness, C Haylee Wilkerson, IF Savannah Whetzel, OF McKenna Anderson and OF Morgan Grady.
Brabham suffered a season-ending injury very early in the season but would have had a big year. As a junior, she was 18-4 inside the circle with 230 strikeouts in 128 innings and batted .347 with three home runs and 29 RBIs.
Stueness batted .493 with 19 extra-base hits and 25 RBIs while Wilkerson finished with a .450 batting average, 14 extra-base hits and 29 RBIs. Shreve hit .385 with 30 RBIs. Whetzel batted .357.
“I am sad to see this group graduate but I know that they will do great things moving forward,” Dillon said. “They have plenty to be proud of when they look back on their time in the softball program.”
As the Lady Stags look to next spring, Dillon is optimistic.
“Next year there will be several new players on the varsity squad but the expectations and the goals will remain the same,” Dillon said. “I have no doubts that the team in the 2020 season will put in the hard work and dedication like the teams that did so before them. Our program is full of talented athletes all the way through. Our junior varsity and B Team won all four of their tournaments last season so the success in our program spreads across all three levels.”
Infielder Jersey Silver headlines a group coming back. The leadoff hitter batted .500 with 19 RBIs. Utility player Madison Wyndham ended with a .355 batting average and 20 RBIs.
Inside the circle, pitchers Gracie Decuir, Ally Hewette and Zada Morgan logged more innings than they would have which should serve the Lady Stags well next season.
Decuir threw 93 innings and fanned 121 batters on the way to a 1.882 earned-run average. At the plate, Decuir batted .311.
Hewette threw 32 innings and Morgan pitched 24 innings. Hewette had a 3.05 ERA and Morgan finished with 0.85 ERA.