Amber Lynch sliding home without a play. Lynch received All-District honors, but did not make All-State, in spite of her .400 batting average this past season. (photos by Mark Schmerling)
Amber Lynch sliding home without a play. Lynch received All-District honors, but did not make All-State, in spite of her .400 batting average this past season. (photos by Mark Schmerling)

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PCHS softball contributes five All-State players; seven All-District

Published 6:04pm Thursday, July 18, 2013

 

Another commendation proves just how good Polk County High School’s varsity softball program was this past season.

Seven players from the 2013 team received All-District honors, with five of those chosen as All-State.

The Wolverines this past spring, were 18-5 (including head coach Jeff Wilson’s 300th win since being named as head coach), following up a 21-4 mark last year.

This year’s All-District honorees are Maddy Foy, Katie Ruff, Brittany Jones, Shalyn Brown, Amber Lynch, Ashley Kropp and Hayley Kropp.

Of those seven, only Ruff and Lynch were not selected for All-State, though Wilson can’t understand why. All Ruff, a senior, did was pitch her team to 17 wins against just four losses while hitting a respectable .262. Lynch, another senior, batted .400. Only 40 players from AA schools received All-State honors. Over 12 percent of those are from Polk. Players are nominated for All-District by school class. Only All-District recipients are considered for All-State honors.

“I’m ecstatic,” said Wilson, “as head coach, to have so many girls honored. I’m so proud of that. I know how hard these girls have worked. We need to recognize that.”

The Players

As a sophomore splitting her time between second base and the outfield, Maddy Foy also hit .322.

“Maddy Foy has the type of focus you dream of as a coach,” observed Wilson. “Maddy has the ‘it’ factor.She brings ‘it’ every day- running, sprinting, diving. She’s used to winning, and expects to win.”

Freshman Hayley Kropp hit .365. In addition to making all-state, both Kropp and Foy made the North Carolina State games from District 8. At one point during this past season Hayley Kropp reached base 17 consecutive times.

“She has a lot of offensive abilities,” said Wilson.

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