2014 All-County Softball

Presented by The Daily Courier
Jun. 20, 2014 @ 06:53 AM

fter a 2014 season full of outstanding performance by dozens of Rutherford County high school softball players, The Daily Courier is proud to present its 2014 All-County Softball Team.

The sports staff used statistics, nominations and personal observations to highlight individuals at each position.

Catcher

Emily Dotson, East Rutherford

Inn a lineup full of left-handed speedsters, Dotson provided the power punch in the Lady Cavaliers roster. However, her greatest contribution to the team was her intangibles.

"As a senior leader she stepped up and did her job," East Rutherford head coach Laura Hopper said. "She always kept the team intensity at the level it needed to be at."

First base

Erika Dover, Chase

Dover has all the appeal of a clean-up spot power hitter, but also put the ball in play more often than not in 2014 for the Lady Trojans. Dover finished the season with a .333 batting average, 16 RBIs and three home runs — two of which came in a road win at Crest.

"Dover was real productive offensively and solid for us all year," Chase head coach Daniel Bailey said. "She filled that void at first base and was a real asset for us."

Second base

Ashley Brown, Chase

Brown played all over the infield for Daniel Bailey and the Lady Trojans this year, but where teams least liked to see her was at the plate. Brown batted a team-high .452 with 11 doubles, two home runs and 16 RBIs as part of a potent Chase offense.

"Brown is probably one of the toughest ball players I've ever coached," Chase head coach Daniel Bailey said. "She could go up and start the game with a home run. Shes just an all-around great player."

Third base

Devyn Gowan, Chase

Gowan closed the book on her Chase career with another all-conference season batting .373 and knocking in 15 runs all while playing a sure-handed third base. She also led the team with eight stolen bases.

"Gowan has been one of the top softball players in our conference for four years," Chase head coach Daniel Bailey said. "She's been as steady of a player that we've had in a long time and she'll be sorely missed."

Shortstop

Raven Gray, East Rutherford

Gray entered the season with high expectations after a sensational junior year in 2013, and she didn't dissapoint. She was a consistet table setter for the Lady Cavaliers.

"She was a leader from the very beggining and she showed it all season," East Rutherford head coach laura Hopper siad of her senior shortstop." She always did her job exactly as we needed her to."

Outfield

Katie McEntire, R-S Central

McEntire, a sophomore, not only roamed center field for the Lady Hilltoppers in 2014 with one of the best gloves in the conference, but she also anchored the top of the lineup with a .375 batting average that included nine doubles, three triple, a home run and 12 RBIs.

"[McEntire] delivered at the plate all year and I was just as confident with her at bat as I was when the ball was hit to her in the field," R-S Central head coach Melvin Digh said.

Outfield

Christian Beheler, East Rutherford

Beheler was another speedy batter for East Rutherford who flew around the bases after nearly every at-bat. However, her speed was even more valuable in center field where she covered more ground than arguably any outfielder in the conference.

"She always made the big play when we needed it the most," East Rutherford head coach Laura Hopper said. "No matter if it was in the field or at the plate, she came through for us."

Outfield

Haley Wood, Chase

Wood bounced around the Chase lineup but made an impact no matter where she was slotted. She finished third on the team with a .381 batting average.

"Wood was one of our most improved players," Chase head coach Daniel Bailey said. "She came out this year and did a great job for us whether she was in the 7 or 8-hole or when she was in the 3-spot later in the year. "

Designated Hitter

Makayla Crawford, R-S Central

Craford shifted to the catcher position after playing shortstop her sophomore season and continued to excel. She also fulfilled the hopes of head coach Melvin Digh when he predicted she had the potential to be a .400 hitter. Crawford finished the season with a .411 batting average, three home runs and team-best 16 RBIs.

"Crawford did an excellent job behind the plate and really controlled the game. Not a whole lot of people tried to steal on her," Digh said of his junior catcher. "And I always felt real good about her chances at the plate. I look forward to having her back."

Pitcher

Makayla Crain, R-S Central

Crain closed a stellar high school career with a strong senior campaign that put her career innings count over 400. She finished 2014 with a 1.89 ERA and 81 strike outs. Not to mention, she batted .338 and was tied for second on the Lady Hilltoppers with 14 RBIs.

"You can't ask any more out of her," R-S Central head coach Melvin Digh said. "She's shown up every day and given it everything she had. Every time she pitched we felt that we had a chance to win."

Pitcher

Savannah Davis, East Rutherford

Being named Most Valuable Player of the 2A State Championship series was just the icing on the cake for Davis' exceptional sophomore season. She led the Cavaliers both on the mound and at the plate during the team's run to a state tile. For her efforts she was named Pitcher of the Year by the South Mountain Athletic 2A/3A confernence.

"Davis was huge for us all year," East Rutherford head coach Laura Hopper said. "She played hard and gave 110 percent always and that's all I ever asked of her."

Pitcher

Dakota Reid, Chase

Reid anchored the circle for the Trojans posting a 9-7 record and a 4.33 ERA while striking out 84 batters in a loaded South Mountain Athletic 2A/3A conference. At the plate she finished second on the team with a .424 batting average, one homer and a team-best 17 RBIs.

"A lot of times you don't get a pitcher that can hit the way she does," Chase head coach Daniel Bailey said. "She's certainly a power hitter that carried the load for us in more ways the one."

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2014 All-County Softball

Position^Player^School

Catcher^Emily Dotson^East Rutherford

First base^Erika Dover^Chase

Second base^Ashley Brown^Chase

Third base^Devyn Gowan^Chase

Shortstop^Raven Gray^East Rutherford

Outfield^Katie McEntire^R-S Central

Outfield^Christian Beheler^East Rutherford

Outfield^Haley Wood^Chase

Designated hitter^Makayla Crawford^R-S Central

Pitcher^Makayla Crain^R-S Central

Pitcher^Savannah Davis^East Rutherford

Pitcher^Dakota Reid^Chase

HONARABLE MENTION

Pitcher^Brianna Kale^Thomas Jefferson

Shortstop^Emily Allred^Thomas Jefferson

Third base^Taylor Koon^R-S Central