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Foster earns 3rd Defensive MVP honor

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 24, 2014

Boyd catcher Savannah Foster was a wall behind the plate for the Lady Yellowjackets and held opposing runners in check on the base paths.

Defending Home

DEFENDING HOME – Boyd catcher Savannah Foster earned her third straight Defensive Player of the Year honor in District 9-2A. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Foster threw out 11 of 14 runners on the bases and committed just three errors in 151 chances. The Boyd junior earned her third straight Defensive MVP honor on the 9-2A squad.

Foster, who also hit .460 with 28 RBIs, two homers and 17 doubles, was one of seven Boyd players to receive district honors.

Four from Paradise and Alvord also earned spots on the league’s team.

Brock’s Haley Hardison took the MVP award. Ponder freshman Madison Welch was the top newcomer. Her teammate Jessica Orozco garnered Pitcher of the Year.

Ponder’s Paige Wells received Coach of the Year after guiding the Lady Lions to a district title.

Boyd third baseman Payton Salmon earned Offensive MVP after hitting .638 with 37 RBIs and 15 doubles.

Paradise shortstop Jett Preather took a share of the Utility Player of the Year award with Peaster’s Bailey McKenzie and Peaster’s Kara Parr. Preather hit .413 with a home run and 13 RBIs.

Boyd pitcher Chelsea Arlington, first baseman Chandler Hammon and shortstop Britney Howard made the first team. Arlington posted a 4.30 ERA and 14-6 record with 84 strikeouts in 114 innings. At the plate, she hit .447 with seven home runs and 57 RBIs.

Paradise second baseman Allie Rutledge and outfielder Darla Walterschied joined the first team. Rutledge hit .271 with five RBIs. Walterschied batted .361 with three home runs and 12 RBIs.

Alvord catcher Regan Guthrie, infielder Mikena Mader and outfielder Kandi Rose earned first-team selections. Guthrie hit .521, Mader .377, and Rose .389.

Boyd pitcher Gabby Saldivar, second baseman Amber Bowen and outfielder Kaytlin Bullard made the second team. Saldivar was 10-8 with a 2.90 ERA in 38.2 innings. She hit .397 with four homers and 29 RBIs. Bowen batted .384 with 17 RBIs. Bullard sported a .348 average with 12 RBIs.

Paradise’s Regan Taylor earned a second-team pitching selection. She was 11-9 with a 3.48 ERA and recorded 149 strikeouts. Taylor batted .543 with 30 RBIs and a homer.

Alvord’s Brittany Gayler and Kaely Beaver also made the second-team infield.

Gayler batted .395, and Beaver .500.

Boyd’s Kassidy Lester, Paradise’s Alyssa Munoz and Bailey Higgins, and Alvord’s Ashton Peterson received honorable mention.

2014 DISTRICT 9-2A SOFTBALL TEAM

MVP: Haley Hardison, senior, Brock

Offensive MVP: Payton Salmon, sophomore, Boyd

Defensive MVP: Savannah Foster, junior, Boyd

Newcomer of the Year: Madison Welch, freshman, Ponder

Pitcher of the Year: Jessica Orozco, senior, Ponder

Utility Players of the Year: Jett Preather, junior, Paradise; Bailey McKenzie, sophomore, Peaster; Kara Parr, junior, Ponder

Coach of the Year: Paige Wells, Ponder

FIRST TEAM

Pitchers: Chelsea Arlington, junior, Boyd; Kristen Marr, senior, Brock

Catchers: Andie Beer, senior, Ponder; Regan Guthrie, sophomore, Alvord

Infield: Britney Howard, junior, Boyd; Chandler Hammon, junior, Boyd; Mikena Mader, sophomore, Alvord; Kaytlin Farmer, junior, Brock; Sierra Bradshaw, senior, Brock; Allie Rutledge, junior, Paradise; Tyler Kennington, junior, Peaster; Kara Ortiz, sophomore, Ponder

Outfield: Kandi Rose, senior, Alvord; Makayla Smith, senior, Brock; Jordan Albertson, senior, Brock; Madison Walker, junior, Millsap; Darla Walterscheid, sophomore, Paradise; Hailee Rutledge, junior, Peaster; Hanna Wells, sophomore, Ponder; Makayla James, sophomore, Ponder

SECOND TEAM

Pitchers: Gabby Saldivar, senior, Boyd; Regan Taylor, junior, Paradise

Catchers: Sierra Jackson, junior, Millsap; Makaila McKenzie, sophomore, Peaster

Infield: Amber Bowen, sophomore, Boyd; Robin Rice, junior, Brock; Brittany Gayler, freshman, Alvord; Kaely Beaver, freshman, Alvord; Morgan Robinson, junior, Peaster; Rowlee Johnson, freshman, Peaster; Baylee Chapman, freshman, Peaster; Saige Stover, sophomore, Ponder; Hanna Prather, senior, Ponder

Outfield: Kaytlin Bullard, junior, Boyd; Carrie Autry, junior, Millsap; Bailey Brown, junior, Ponder

HONORABLE MENTION

Alvord: Ashton Peterson, sophomore

Boyd: Kassidy Lester, sophomore

Paradise: Alyssa Munoz, freshman; Bailey Higgins, junior

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