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County softball players, coaches gain widespread recognition for season’s accomplishments

Nov 14, 2017 - Carlton White

Eighty-seven Cobb County players were named to all-region teams following coaches’ voting recently.

Among the 87 honorees, 47 were given first-team consideration, while six earned individual accolades.

Also, Pope’s Chris Turco was the Region 7AAAAAA coach of the year, as were Kennesaw Mountain’s Lisa Chapman (3AAAAAAA) and Allatoona’s Troy Pirkle (6AAAAAA). All three guided their teams to region titles.

Pope’s Hallie Adams also took home pitcher of the year honors, with Dunwoody’s Lindsey Puckett the region player of the.

“I think it’s the second region coach of the year award for me, and I’m grateful,” said Turco, who helped guide Pope to its second region title. “It’s exciting. I told the girls that congratulated me, the truth is you have to have a good team to get this because it’s actually a team award. It’s a testament to their hard work and to the coaches who believed in them and what they could accomplish. The girls believed in themselves, too.”

Joining Adams as Region 7AAAAAA first-team selections were Zoe Laneaux and Hannah Rogers.

Harrison’s Abby Gravlin shared the Region 6AAAAAA pitcher of the year award with Creekview’s Ashton Maloney, while the Lady Grizzlies’ Amy Vetula was named player of the year.

Harrison teammates Jaiden Fields, Sara Peterson and Ansley Yantis were also first-team all-region selections.

Allatoona’s Nicolle Nysted garnered Region 6AAAAAA catcher of the year accolades, while teammates Melanie Bennett, Daisy Hess, Kaitlin Isley, Shea Reagor and Ari Wright received first-team honors. South Cobb’s Kalynn Hicks and Sprayberry’s Payton Wade were also named first-team.

Kell’s Valerie Artigues, Kasey Blair, Lexie Scarpantonio and Mia DeAngelis took home first-team all-Region 7AAAAA honors, while North Cobb Christian’s Katie Boyd, Lollie Smith and Briley Lawson joined Mount Paran Christian’s Sydney Chambley and Whitefield Academy’s Amilya Little as members of the Region 6A (B) first-team.

Lassiter’s Blake Neleman collected her second straight Region 4AAAAAAA pitcher of the year award, and Etowah’s Skylar Wallace was named player of the year.

Other Lassiter first-teamers were Shannon Antonini, Morgan Alexander, Jesse Beasenburg and Avery Webster, while Walton’s Samantha Lee and Ashley McDonald were honored as well.

Campbell’s Mary Williams and Wheeler teammates Sydney Kaltman and Carmen Stafford earned Region 2AAAAAAA first-team selections, with East Coweta’s Kelley Lynch and Rachel Vaughan the player and pitcher of the year.

The Region 3AAAAAAA first-team honors went to Kennesaw Mountain’s Hannah Forehand, Boo Huddleston, Michy Ramos, Mallory Parker and Haley Glass, North Cobb’s Jasmine Copeland, Hillgrove’s Laura Harris, Savannah Stewart, Mo Bastion, Rylee Mitchell and Dejah Mills and McEachern’s Jordan Jackson and Hannah Santiago.

Glass was selected the Region 3AAAAAAA pitcher of the year for the second time, while Stewart was the player of the year.

“It’s an incredible honor that really caught me by surprise,” said Stewart, a lead-off slap hitter for the Lady Hawks who does not drive in a lot of runs but gets a lot of hits.

“Being a slap hitter, I don’t really get the big awards because I’m not putting up huge numbers — just getting by hitting single after single — but it’s cool to see all my hard work get recognized by the coaches. It’s a big honor.”


Prep Roundup

9/15/17 - MDJ Staff

Sprayberry 17, Osborne 1 (3 inn.): 

The Lady Yellow Jackets scored 14 runs in the first inning  and dominated the Region 6AAAAAA game.

Nicole DeCuircio and Elizabeth Sharum each batted 3-for-3 with a double and RBI. DeCuircio scored three times, while Sharum scored twice.

Tori Mitchum was 2-for-3 with a triple, home run, three RBIs and three runs scored.

Sophia Lucas struck out seven in the abbreviated complete game for Sprayberry, which will play at North Cobb on Monday.


Prep Roundup

9/10/17 - MDJ Staff

Sprayberry 14, Walker 0 (4 inn.): 

Tori Mitchum had three RBIs as the Lady Yellow Jackets won the non-region game.

Sprayberry scored four runs in the first, two in the second, six in the third and two in the fourth to get the win.

Payton Wade was 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs, while Mitchum was 2-for-3. Denisa Wilson, Marisa Sagneri and Sophia Lucas each had two hits as well.

Taylor Wood pitched the abbreviated shutout.

For Walker, Ashley Cranfill batted 2-for-2, while Shelby Kraal and Madeline Daniel each had one hit.

Sprayberry 6, Walton 5 (10 inn.): 

Payton Wade went 4-for-5 and had the walk-off RBI as the Lady Yellow Jackets outlasted their east Cobb rival.

Sophia Lucas was 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Denisa Wilson was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a sacrifice fly.

Nicole DeCuircio, who was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs from the plate, also went the distance inside the circle, striking out five.


Prep Roundup

8/27/17 - MDJ Staff

Sprayberry wins pair: The Lady Yellow Jackets rolled past host East Paulding for a 12-2 win, then beat Pickens 5-1 in one portion of the Buccaneer Bash.

Sprayberry (5-7) got out to a quick start against East Paulding and never let up, taking a 7-1 lead into the bottom of the second.

Nicole DeCuircio was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and she pitched a five-inning complete game, scattering six walks and seven hits.

Tori Mitchum was 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored, while Payton Wade was 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs. Danielle Sharum was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Against Pickens, Taylor Wood went the distance, striking out three and walking one.

Denisa Wilson was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Mitchum was 1-for-2, drew two walks and scored twice.

Sprayberry will travel to River Ridge on Tuesday for a Region 6AAAAAA game.


Prep Roundup

8/25/17 - MDJ Staff

Sprayberry 10, South Cobb 9:

Denisa Wilson capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out single that scored Nicole Decuircio with the winning run and gave Sprayberry a comefrom- behind win.

Trailing 9-6 and down to their final at-bats, the Lady Yellow Jackets sent seven players to the plate to spark the comeback.   Wilson’s single was her lone hit in five at-bats.

Decuircio batted 3-for-5 with an RBI and scored twice. She added a complete-game victory from the circle with 10 strikeouts.

Payton Wade was 2-for-2 with a double and a triple, three walks, two RBIs and two runs scored for Sprayberry (3-5, 2-5 Region 6AAAAAA), which produced 10 hits.

Tori Mitchum had three hits, an RBI and scored twice, while Sophia Lucas added two hits, including a double, two RBIs and scored.

Kalynn Hicks had a three-run home run in the first inning for South Cobb, while Adrian Felton was 4-for-4 with a double and a triple.


Prep Roundup: Sprayberry eases to win over Wheeler

8/17/17 - MDJ Staff

Sprayberry 9, Wheeler 1 (5 inn.):  Sophia Lucas allowed one earned run on four hits and struck out seven to get her first win of the season in a 9-1, five-inning game against Wheeler on Wednesday.

The Lady Yellow Jackets (2-2) totaled 13 hits and got help from a combined 13 passed balls, stolen bases, hit batsmen and walks.

Elizabeth Sharum had two hits, two RBIs and a run scored, while Payton Wade batted 3-for-3 with an RBI and scored twice. Danielle Sharum had a double among her two hits and scored a run. Tori Mitchum and Taylor Wood each had an RBI.


Prep Roundup

8/15/17 - MDJ Staff

Sprayberry 17, Osborne 0 (3 inn.): The Lady Yellow Jackets scored 11 runs in the first inning and beat Osborne in Region 6AAAAAA play.

Payton Wade was a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBIs and scored three runs for Sprayberry (1-2, 1-2). Nicole Decuircio was 2-for-2 and scored three runs.


Prep Roundup

8/9/17 - MDJ Staff

Sequoyah 8, Sprayberry 3: Sequoyah broke a 2-all tie with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and four runs in the sixth to earn the Region 6AAAAAA win.  The game was the season opener and debut for former Hillgrove standout Maisie Steed, who is in her first season as the coach at Sprayberry (0-1).

Denisa Wilson went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI to lead the Lady Yellow Jackets. Payton Wade batted 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Elizabeth Sharum was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Danielle Sharum doubled.

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