DNJ All-Area Softball Team

DNJ All-Area Softball Team

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DNJ All-Area Softball Team

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Riverdale senior infielders Madison Woodruff, left, and Sarah Higgins.

Riverdale senior infielders Madison Woodruff, left, and Sarah Higgins.

Riverdale's Caroline Faulkner went 28-7 in 2015.

Riverdale’s Caroline Faulkner went 28-7 in 2015.

Siegel's Veronica Westfall was The Daily News Journal’s Pitcher of the Year in 2015.

Siegel’s Veronica Westfall was The Daily News Journal’s Pitcher of the Year in 2015.

All-Area Teams 2015

FIRST TEAM

Emily Burns

Riverdale, Junior

Position: Outfielder

Why chosen: Burns hit .326 from leadoff with six home runs, nine doubles two triples and 31 RBIs.

Kirstyn Cuccia

Blackman, Senkor

Position: Utility

Why chosen: The MTSU signee hit .415 in the regular season with two home runs, seven doubles, three triples and 14 RBIs.

Caroline Faulkner

Riverdale, Senior

Position: Pitcher

Why chosen: The Chattanooga State signee and District 7-AAA tournament MVP went 28-7 with a 1.96 ERA.

Sydney Heath

Stewarts Creek, Junior

Position: Infielder

Why chosen: Heath hit .466 with 14 RBIs and scored 27 runs.

Sarah Higgins

Riverdale, Senior

Position: Infielder

Why chosen: The Lipscomb signee was the DNJ Position Player of the Year and District 7-AAA Defensive Player of the Year. She hit .517 with 11 home runs, 17 doubles and 43 RBIs.

KaraLynne Levi

Siegel, Junior

Position: Catcher

Why chosen: Levi hit .321 with three home runs and 43 RBIs.

Cede Loftis

Siegel, Junior

Position: Designated hitter

Why chosen: The District 7-AAA Offensive MVP hit .462 with four home runs, 10 doubles and 39 RBIs.

Brooklyn Pendergrast

Riverdale, Senior

Position: Infielder

Why chosen: The Chattanooga State signee hit .422 with seven doubles and four triples.

Ciera Purvis

Siegel, Junior

Position: Infielder

Why chosen: Purvis hit .383 with 24 RBIs. She also had 25 stolen bases.

Lacie Rinus

Oakland, Junior

Position: Pitcher

Why chosen: The MTSU commitment went 16-8 with a 1.61 ERA. She had 174 strikeouts.

Kelsey Russell

Smyrna, Senior

Position: Outfielder

Why chosen: Russell hit .500 with two home runs, eight doubles, five triples and 22 RBIs.

Madison Woodruff

Riverdale, Senior

Position: Infielder

Why chosen: The Chattanooga State signee hit .444 with eight home runs, 13 doubles and 47 RBIs. She was the District 7-AAA Player of the year.

Veronica Westfall

Siegel, Junior

Position: Pitcher

Why chosen: The DNJ Pitcher of the Year went 30-6 with a 1.37 ERA and struck out 324. She hit .402 with seven home runs, 18 doubles, five triples and had 43 RBIs.

SECOND TEAM

Pitcher: Kendall Mills, Stewarts Creek

Pitcher: Lily Soverns, Smyrna

Pitcher: Alyssa Ward, Central Magnet

Infielder: Bree Brady, Stewarts Creek

Infielder: Kassidy Burks, Eagleville

Infielder: Maleia Gray, Oakland

Infielder: Abby Sargent, Oakland

Catcher: Brooke McClure, Riverdale

Outfielder: Alexis Castleman, Riverdale

Outfielder: MacKenzie McMahan, Siegel

Outfielder: Eleiyah Wade, Siegel

Designated hitter: Emily Thompson, Riverdale

Utility: Ashley Dyer, Central Magnet

COACH OF THE YEAR

Perry Lyons

Siegel

Why chosen: Lyons coached the Lady Stars to program’s second state tournament appearance in state history. It came in just his season season.

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