2019 All-County Softball Team honored at Buffalo Wild Wings

Top Row L-R: Makayla Brown, Cassidy Campbell, Sidnie English, Maddie Heatherly, Anna Kate Voce, Katie Ball. Bottom Row L-R: Gracie Abbott, Carlie Wilkins, Morgan Goodwin, Bailey Swann, Skylar Tucker, Maddie Oliver. Not pictured: Emili Perry, Molly Pendley. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – With another season of softball in the books for Cullman County, it’s time to recognize local standouts for their accomplishments and Buffalo Wild Wings did just that Monday night. They, along with Cullman County’s seven softball coaches, helped put together and recognize an all-county softball team for the 2019 season. The team, consisting of 14 players voted on by the coaches, was honored with plaques for each individual and a team plaque that will be displayed on the wall of the restaurant. Buffalo Wild Wings plans to continue this tradition and hang a plaque for an all-county softball team each year.

See below for a breakdown of this year’s all-county softball team and a list of honorable mentions.

Cold Springs’ Anna Katherine Voce earned a spot on this year’s roster after playing a big role during the season for the Lady Eagles. Voce, a sophomore, was a big part of the Cold Springs rotation and filled the clean-up spot in the lineup. Voce will look to continue improving into her junior season and help Cold Springs take another shot at a postseason run in 2020.

Fairview junior Katie Ball made this year’s team and like Voce, was a big factor for the Lady Aggies on the mound and at the plate this season. Ball had several highlights throughout the spring including hitting a walk-off, 3-run home run in the Lady Aggies’ come-from-behind win over Ashville at home. With her being one of several players coming back next season, Ball will look to make even more noise in her senior year and help the Lady Aggies get back to the postseason.

Four players made the list for the Good Lady Raiders, Morgan Goodwin, Skylar Tucker, Bailey Swann and Sidnie English, after a stellar 2019 season. The Lady Raiders won an area and regional title on their way to Montgomery and finished 5th in the state tournament. Goodwin was the perfect leadoff batter for the Lady Raiders this year, batting .549 with 22 RBIs, 49 runs scored and collecting 17 stolen bases on the season. Tucker was a tough out as well, hitting .482 with a home run, 36 RBIs, 38 runs scored and led the team with 18 doubles. Swann was just as dangerous, hitting .570 with a team-leading 6 homers, 49 RBIs, 57 runs scored, and she led the team with 35 stolen bases during her senior campaign. English, a junior, dominated at the plate and on the mound. She finished with a .376 batting average, a home run, 39 RBIs and 10 stolen bases while on the mound, English posted a 31-6 record with a 2.30 ERA.

Hanceville’s Cassidy Campbell made this year’s All-County squad as a sophomore. Coming off of an injury, she continued to improve and lead the way in the circle and at the plate for the Lady Bulldogs who finished with an 8-14 mark on the season. Hanceville has a lot of youth returning to the field in 2020 and Campbell will be looked to as one of the leaders as she continues to get better.

A pair of Holly Pond standouts landed on the team as well, seniors Madison Heatherly and Emili Perry. Both were big factors at the plate during the Lady Broncos’ 9-16 season and their production will be missed when Holly Pond hits the field again in 2020. 

Lady Eagles senior Madison Oliver made the team for Vinemont after serving as a leader offensively and defensively this season. She was one of the anchors for this year’s Vinemont team as the lone senior on the roster and helped lay the groundwork for a very young Lady Eagles squad going forward.

Four Lady Warriors earned spots on the All-County squad after another big year on the diamond for West Point, Gracie Abbott, Carlie Wilkins, Molly Pendley and Makayla Brown. Despite not having Olivia Ball for the season due to a torn ACL, the Lady Warriors were able to put plenty of runs on the board this season, captured their sixth straight county title, won the Class 5A, Area 14 championship and advanced to regionals. Brown racked up five RBIs in wins over Grissom and Brewer this year, Pendley was a constant for West Point both at the plate and catching behind it, Abbott brought power to the leadoff spot for the Lady Warriors and Wilkins carried the load on the mound.

2019 All-County Softball honorable mentions:

Lexi Shadix, West Point

Kylon Hamby, Cold Springs

Crimson Gann, Cold Springs

KaiLee Shikle, Good Hope

Peyton Embrey, Hanceville

Emma Spitzer, Holly Pond

Ciera James, Holly Pond

Daisy Manasco, Fairview

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