THESE GIRLS CAN PLAY BALL: Pair of county players land on All-State roster
Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 8, 2019
Opp’s Graceanne Spears and Pleasant Home’s Hope Gunter were named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association 2019 All-State softball teams.
CLASS 3A, SECOND TEAM PITCHER
GRACEANN SPEARS, JUNIOR
Spears received second team honors for her role as a pitcher.
This year, she helped lead the Lady Bobcats into the second place game in the Class 3A South Regionals.
Spears was a big part of the Lady Bobcats’ success this year on the field.
She was a work horse in the pitcher’s circle for Opp were she compiled an 11-13 record.
The record might not look impressive, but when you tack on her 1.59 ERA it shows Spears did a great job of giving her team a solid chance to win every time she pitched.
In 23 starts, Spears threw 17 complete games, five shutouts and two no hitters.
She also struck out 213 batters in 123 innings of work.
Spears was also a threat at the plate, where she hit .406 with one home run and 23 RBIs.
CLASS 1A, SECOND TEAM CATCHER
Gunter received second team honors for her outstanding year behind the dish for the Pleasant Home Lady Eagles.
She helped led the Lady Eagles to a Class 1A, Area 2 championship and helped here team put up some strong games in the Class 1A South Regionals.
Gunter was big at the plate for the Lady Eagles as she hit for an average of .505.
The speedy Gunter racked up 18 stolen bases and seven triples to led the Lady Eagles.
She also showed pretty good power as she hit four home runs and drove in 39 RBIs.
Gunter had 49 total hits and came around to score 38 runs.
During the year, Gunter showed great discipline at the plate as she only struck out twice.
CLASS 1A PLAYER OF THE YEAR, HITTER OF THE YEAR
The Class 1A Player and Hitter of the Year award went to Brantley’s Kassidy Wilcox.
Wilcox was also first team catcher for Class 1A.
This year, she hit for an average of .545 with 20 home runs and 84 RBIs.
She is the younger sister of the late Alex Wilcox.