The coaches in Region 3-AAA recently voted on the 2013 all-region softball team. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise that the Dodge County Lady Indians dominated the team.
Senior Katie Selph repeated as the pitcher of the year. Freshman shortstop Margaret Simmons was named player of the year. Junior catcher Nikki Graham was named to the all-region first team. Juniors Lila Coleman and Lauren Bellflower joined her. Dodge also placed three players on the second team as Claire Greer, Annie Moore and Faith Manning were all honored. Freshman Haley Holloway was honorable mention.
It was another year big year on the mound for Selph. She compiled an 11 and four record with a 1.88 earned run average (ERA) this season. She had 91 strikeouts in 106 and 2/3 innings pitched. She was dominant in region play and pitched three shutouts in post-season including a three hitter in the championship game against Swainsboro. She also didn’t allow an earned run in total region play in 39 innings pitched.
Simmons burst on the high school scene both on offense and defense. She led the team with a .505 season average with a team high 23 doubles and five homers and 38 runs batted in (RBIs). She also led the team with 43 runs scored and eight stolen bases. She hit .531 with 10 RBIs in post-season of play.
Graham had a big season behind the plate for Dodge. She hit .471 on the year. She lead the team in homers with seven and RBIs with 40. She also added 10 doubles on the year. The junior catcher also had a huge post-season hitting .533 with four homers and 19 RBIs. She hit .588 in total region play this year.
Bellflower had a solid season as the Lady Indians starting second baseman. She scored 21 runs and drove in 12 runs this year. She was fourth on the team with 15 walks and 12 stolen bases.
Coleman was strong on offense and defense as the starting right fielder for the Lady Indians. She hit .341 on the year with one homer (a grand slam) and 26 RBIs. She also added eight doubles and a triple. She was second on the team with 11 RBIs in the post season.
Senior center fielder Greer leads the second team. She hit .324 on the season with 21 RBIs. She was second on the team with 19 walks and lead the team with nine sacrifices and was hit by a pitch on five occasions. She also had a huge hit in the come from behind win over Rockmart in the post season.
Junior third baseman Moore was a steady player on the Lady Indian infield. She hit .333 over the season with 24 RBIs. She saved her best play for the post season. She hit .444 with five RBIs, 16 hits in 36 at bats.
Freshman Manning was also named to the second team all-region. She shared time in left field and got some work behind the plate. She it .362 with 14 RBIs in just 47 at bats. She drew 10 walks and stole a pair of bases.
Freshman Holloway was named honorable mention all-region. She was nine and three on the season with an ERA of 2.11. Holloway is a strike thrower, as she had only nine walks in 53 innings pitched.
She pitched a three hit shutout in her only post-season region start. She picked up a win over Rockmart with five and two-thirds innings of relief in the state tournament.