Roane lands 18 on all-district teams

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By Goose Lindsay


The 2014 softball season recently ended and the news was good for a total of 18 individuals from Roane County as that’s the number all-district selections from the county’s five high schools.

Oliver Springs had the most success in 2014 as the Lady Bobcats ended the season with a 24-4 record, winning both the District 4-A regular season and tournament championships along the way. Oliver Springs outscored its district competition 182-4 over that stretch.

For those accomplishments, Lady ’Cat head coach Matt Headden was voted on by his peers as the District 4-A Coach of the Year.

A big reason for Oliver Springs’ success this season was the play of pitcher Courtney Jones. Jones was named both the District 4-A Pitcher of the Year and District 4-A Player of the Year by the coaches.

Jones put up some eye-popping stats as a pitcher. She posted a record of 23-4 and had a 0.87 ERA on the season. She recorded two perfect games, three more no-hitters, and 13 more one or two-hitters for the Lady ’Cats. She also struck out 272 batters in 144.1 innings.

Jones also did well with a bat in her hands. She hit .608 on the season with 15 doubles, 36 RBIs, 37 runs scored and 20 stolen bases.

Four other Lady ’Cat players received all-district selections. Those players include shortstop Emily Griffith, catcher Hope Jenkins, outfielder Rachel Griffith and first baseman Tiffany Roberts.

Midway was next in line as the Lady Waves finished the season in third place in District 3-A.

Unlike Oliver Springs, Midway relied on a pair of flamethrowers as pitchers Payton Kelley and Raygn Hall were both named to the All District 3-A Team along with first baseman Kallie Sohm and outfielder Jayde Rose.

Harriman finished just behind Midway in the District 3-A standings and the Lady Devils were rewarded with three all-district selections. The trio includes the battery of pitcher Haley Goldston and catcher Abigail Higgins along with speedy centerfielder Darian Boyd.

Roane County had one more player make the all-district team in 3-A as Rockwood catcher Darian Green was selected.

The final players to receive all-district status in 2014 come from Kingston as three Lady Jackets were named to the All-District 4-AA Team. The sister duo of pitcher Samantha Aycock and catcher Alex Aycock were chosen along with talented shortstop Katherine Butler.