All-region honors give NRHS softball déjà vuPublished 10:35pm Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Nansemond River High School softball team was bolstered by an abundance of strong players during the regular season, and this was equally true in the regional tournament, as evidenced by the All-4A South Region first team.
It featured the same seven Lady Warriors who made the All-Ironclad Conference first team.
Those players included sophomore pitcher Lauren Maddrey, sophomore infielders KateLynn Hodgkiss and Jaclyn Mounie, sophomore outfielder Lauren Davis, junior outfielder Morgan Lowers, sophomore catcher Calah Savage and freshman utility player Katelyn Biando.
“When you sit back and look at it, you just think, ‘Wow,’” NR coach Gabe Rogers said in reaction to seven making the cut.
He confirmed it was the first time Nansemond River had ever had this much representation on the all-region first team. The achievement was aided by the team winning the regional title, the school’s first ever for softball, and going undefeated in the conference during the regular season.
Fittingly, the same seven Lady Warriors drawing another round of first team accolades mirrored the on-field trait for which Rogers gave them high praise — consistency.
“That’s what led to the success of the season,” he said.
Pitcher Lauren Maddrey was 16-2, and she improved to 19-2 during the regional tourney in 14-3, 2-1 and 5-4 victories. On offense, she actually improved significantly in the postseason, leading her team with a .529 batting average.
KateLynn Hodgkiss was productive offensively throughout the year, and went 3-for-4, with three runs batted in and three runs scored against Grafton High School in the regional title game.
Jaclyn Mounie continued to make offensive contributions in the postseason, and ended the year with a .620 on-base percentage and .472 batting average.
Lauren Davis led her team this year in RBIs (31) and sacrifice bunts (eight) through all 25 games played. Rogers praised her composure at the plate and her frequent clutch hits, including one in the regional title game.
Morgan Lowers capped a good year by producing a .455 batting average and .500 on-base percentage in the postseason, during which time she co-led her team with 10 hits and individually led it with seven RBIs. Rogers also said he did not see a better outfielder playing than her.
Calah Savage was good all year, and a key standout during the regional tournament. She went 3-for-4 against Deep Creek High School in the quarterfinals, and also had a big hit in the state-qualifying semifinal win at Powhatan High School.
Katelyn Biando hit a sacrifice fly against Powhatan to bring home the winning run. While Biando struggled some in the postseason, Rogers included her strong regular season when he said, “She basically led the best offensive team in the region.”
King’s Fork High School players making the all-region second team included junior pitcher Sydney Wash, junior infielder Shaina Holland, senior infielder Kayla Harbin and senior outfielder Ashley Roten.
Players receiving honorable mention included Lady Bulldogs junior Jasmine Holloman and Lakeland High School senior Sarah Bowyer.