10 earn all-region honors
by Jason Greenberg
Oct 10, 2013 | 1516 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As the 2013 softball season draws to a close, it is time to reflect on some of the outstanding individual performances of the year.

Region 7A-AAAA and Region 5-AAA named their all-region teams earlier this week and several Bartow County players were selected for the honor.

The players were selected by the coaches in their respective regions. Ten Bartow players were honored as members of either the first team, second team, or honorable mention.

Cass senior pitcher Courtney Bailey was named as the pitcher for the 7A-AAAA first-team, while Cartersville’s Annalyn Yantis was named the co-pitcher for the 5-AAA first-team. Cass’ Lynnsey Hollifield was named as the third baseman for the 7A-AAAA first-team and Cartersville’s Kailah Rain was named the left fielder for the 5-AAA first-team.

“It’s nice when you walk into a room and other coaches recognize your players,” Cass coach Greg Hight said.

The second team for 5-AAA included Cartersville’s Kennedy Bailey, and Adairsville’s Bailey Robinson and Victoria Davis.

Cass had three members of its team named 7A-AAAA honorable mention, including Bre Mahrt, Camey Kirkland and Kelsey Holloway.

“Both were well deserving of it,” Cass coach Greg Hight said of his two selections to the all-region team.

Courtney Bailey pitched 162 and 2/3 innings this season and pitched in 29 of Cass’ 33 games. She finished with a 2.425 earned-run average and recorded 162 strikeouts.

She also got it done at the plate, recording the second-most doubles and runs scored for the Lady Colonels. She was even better the last month of the season, finishing with a 1.45 ERA in the last four weeks.

Hollifield led Cass in batting average this season at .339. She was also second on the team in walks and runs batted in.

“She had a great season with the bat and a great season at third,” Hight said of Hollifield. “She made many good plays there.”

Cartersville’s Yantis was included on the all-region team thanks to her 1.06 ERA this season. She pitched in 20 of the team’s 25 games and struck out 168 batters in 125 innings of work. She gave up just 84 hits in those innings and had a 1.00 WHIP. The junior also got it done at the plate, hitting .284 with 16 RBIs and nine runs scored.

Rain, a senior left fielder for the Lady Canes, led the everyday starters with a .379 batting average. She scored 18 runs hitting out of the leadoff or second spot in the order, while walking 14 times. She also hit nine doubles to lead the team.

Kennedy Bailey hit close to Rain’s average at .375, and she led the team in RBIs with 25. The sophomore catcher also had two home runs in the season.

For Adairsville, its freshman center fielder Robinson led the team in batting average, hitting .387 with three doubles and a triple. She also scored 10 runs and walked eight times.

Sophomore Victoria Davis hit .328 with a home run and 13 runs scored from the leadoff spot.

Cass and Adairsville have been eliminated from the region tournament and did not qualify for the state tournament.

Cartersville qualified for the state tournament Monday and will play its first game Wednesday.