The Intelligencer’s 11th Annual All-Valley Softball Team
Absalom concludes her brilliant prep career by being named a Tri-Captain for the first time. The St. John ace finished her senior season with a 19-4 record to go along with a 1.13 ERA and retired 240 batters on strikes. Her offensive numbers were just as impressive as she batted .414 with 34 hits, 14 doubles and eight home runs. The two-time OVAC 1A Player of the Year also drove in 34 runs, crossed home plate 25 times and stole 20 bases. In addition, she was named a Ohio Division IV first team All-State honoree.
Basinger makes the jump from third team a year ago to being named a Tri-Captain. And for good reason. A season after splitting time with Sarah Henry in the circle, Basinger showed she was ready to be an everyday pitcher. The Wheeling Central ace was tops in the Ohio Valley with a 23-3 record and also posted an ERA of 1.28 and collected 162 Ks. Basinger led the Maroon Knights to the OVAC 2A title and also was named to the W.Va. Class A first team All-State squad.
There might not be a more complete player in the Ohio Valley than Chapman. The Magnolia senior did it all for the Blue Eagles as she lead them to the West Virginia state softball tournament before falling in the semifinals. The Wheeling Jesuit commit topped the valley in both ERA (0.50) and strikeouts (264). Chapman batted .460 (35 for 78) with nine doubles and six home runs. She also drove in 28 runs and scored 26 times. In addition, Chapman was selected to the W.Va. Class A first team All-State.
A shortstop for Rick Magruder’s Maroon Knights, Bennington is a repeat first team selection. During her junior season, she led the Ohio Valley with a .520 batting average. Her 29 hits and 31 RBI were also tops for Wheeling Central. She also had four triples and homered three times and was named to the W.Va. Class A first team All-State squad.
Bowers played a huge role in River winning a school record 25 games. The junior batted .453 and led the Pilots in hits (43), doubles (14), triples (6), runs scored (33) and runs batted in (36). She stuck out only seven times in 105 plate appearances. Bowers also had an outstanding fielding percentage (.970) and slugging percentage (.789).
Curtis played numerous positions for the Pilots, but finds herself as an outfielder on this list. The junior was dominate behind the plate as she hit .452 with 42 hits and drove in 17 runs. In 107 plate appearances, she stuck out only five times. Curtis posted a 14-3 record in the cricle for David Wright’s squad as they advanced to the Ohio Division IV district tournament for the second time in three seasons. She struck out 86 batters in 97 innings, while boasting a 0.94 ERA.
A repeat first teamer, Elly was the driving force for the Huskies. The junior hit at a .446 clip with 29 hits and was tied for the Ohio Valley lead with eight home runs. In the circle, she posted a 13-9 record with a 1.78 ERA. She also fanned 215 batters and walked only 35. Ellzy was named the OVAC 4A Player of the Year and also received Ohio Division III first team All-State honors.
Geanangel was once again in stellar form for Angie Penner’s Redskins. The junior went 15-2 with a 1.06 ERA in leading Indian Creek to an appearance in the Ohio Division II regional semifinal. She posted 113 Ks and walked only 17 batters. Geanangel was also impressive at the plate where she hit .509 with 27 hits, including eight doubles and two home runs. The Redskins ace was also selected to the Ohio Division II first team All-State squad.
John Marshall coach Ed West switched Gellner to the leadoff spot midway through the season and it paid dividends. The junior center fielder batted .349 with 30 hits in helping lead the Monarchs to a third consecutive OVAC championship. Gellner also committed zero errors in 76 chances.
George made the transition from center fielder to shortstop in her senior season and not much changed. She was a repeat selection for the W.Va. Class AAA first team All-State as well as first team All-Valley. She hit .367 for the Monarchs to go along with 33 hits and eight doubles. George also drove in 24 runs and scored 35 times.
Greer was an instrumental part in Wheeling Park’s return to the West Virginia state softball tournament. The Park ace struck out 61 batters in 94 innings and posted 11 wins for Dee Davis’ Patriots. She batted .383 with 31 hits, 12 doubles and two home runs. She also drove in 13 runs. Greer was a repeat selection on the first team and was also named to the first team W.Va. Class AAA All-State after her junior and senior seasons.
Hall showed again that she’s a jack of all trades for Mark Witzberger’s Dragons. The junior posted a 1.05 ERA with 116 Ks. In 10 games this season she didn’t allow an earned run and had one perfect game. At the plate she hit .470 to go with a team-high 31 hits. She also drove in 20 runs and scored 22 times. Hall struck out only three times in 66 plate appearances.
Renzler was only one of four players in the valley to hit .500 or better as she made contact 26 times for Coach Tom Joseph’s Bulldgos with six doubles and three triples. The junior also added 30 stolen bases, 27 RBI and scored 22 runs.
Orr capped her prep career by making the jump from third team All-Valley to first team. The Redskins’ catcher hit .453 – second on the team behind Geanangel – and had a team-high 30 hits, 24 going for extra bases. In her 60 plate appearances, Orr stuck out only once.
Smith ended her prep career in tremendous fashion. A shortstop for the Warriors, she batted .512 and led the Ohio Valley with 44 hits, including four doubles. In 30 stolen base attempts, she was caught only once and also boasted a .978 fielding percentage.
Sidon’s bat was a big reason as to why Wheeling Park made two consecutive trips to the West Virginia state softball tournament. The senior led the Patriots with a .481 batting average, 39 hits, four triples and four home runs. She was second on the team with 29 RBI and also was selected to the West Virginia Class AAA first team All-State squad.
Sidon, Ashleigh’s twin sister, is the third Wheeling Park member of first team. The senior hit .331 with 24 hits and 20 RBI. A center fielder for the Patriots, she had four doubles, three triples and three home runs.