Anna Blake, Madison Fields, Sophia Mikula Captain 16th Annual All-Valley Softball Team

Anna Blake, Outfielder, John Marshall CAPTAIN

While John Marshall was in the stages of a rebuilding year, one thing was still for certain: Anna Blake putting up numbers. After a stellar sophomore campaign, Blake picked up where she left off. She compiled a .411 batting averaging while belting 41 hits along the way including right doubles and 27 RBI. She also led the Monarchs in home runs with five. With such a impressive season, she was also named first team all-state in Class AAA by the West Virginia Writers Association. With one more year left, she’ll look to add more accommodations to her already impressive resume.

Madison Fields, Utility, Steubenville CAPTAIN

It was quite the year for Steubenville’s Madison Fields. Not only did the junior help lead her Big Red squad to an OVAC Class 5A championship, she secured an eye-popping .649 batting averaging which including 50 hits (2nd). She also tied for the most doubles with 15, crushed six home runs and totaled 39 RBI. She also score 29 runs. Not only was she impressive at the plate, she was dominant in the circle as well. Gathering 12 victories, she spent 104 innings in the circle and fired 106 strikeouts. Fields was also named first team all-Ohio in Division II.

Sophia Mikula, Catcher Weir CAPTAIN

When you put up numbers as impressive as Sophia Mikula has, it’s necessary to give credit when credit’s due. And for the junior catcher, she deserves all the accolades that have come her way. Recently, Mikula received the Johnny Bench Award, which is presented to West Virginia’s top softball catcher. Mikula led the Red Riders in batting average (.500), hits (52), runs scored (44) and RBI (28). She also belted four home runs and had only one fielding error in 29 games. Mikula was also named second team all-state in Class AA.

Jamie Anderson, Utility, Toronto

When facing Toronto’s Jamie Anderson, it was certainly pick your poison. Whether it was in the circle or at the plate, Anderson would find a way for you to pay. A sophomore, Anderson’s presence certainly felt like an upperclassmen as she batted an impressive .535 to go along with 38 hits (six home runs and nine triples) and 32 RBI. In the circle, Anderson compiled 13 wins and struck out 110 batters. With such an impressive year, Anderson was all-Ohio honorable mention in Division IV.

Raven Banks, Infielder Steubenville

Fields was not the only player putting up numbers for Big Red. Classmate Raven Banks provided a spark for Steubenville with a team-high 44 RBI. Producing 37 hits, she was second on the team in doubles (9) and home runs (3). The junior also hit .463 and cashed in a RBI single in the 5A championship game where Big Red took home the hardware.

Jairika Baylor, Infielder, Wheeling Central

When playing for Wheeling Central, no matter what the circumstances are, expectations are always high. Jairika Baylor and the Maroon Knights knew that going into the 2019 season after losing a bit of talent. Baylor, though showed that the Maroon Knights are here to stay as she batted a team-high .550 to go along with 26 hits and four triples. Baylor helped Wheeling Central to the West Virginia Class A state championship game, before falling to Sherman. With her stats, the sophomore was named first team all-state in Class A.

Hannah Christoff, Outfielder, Edison

There was one thing to keep in mind when Edison’s Hannah Christoff stepped up to the plate: back up. Christoff certainly kept the opposing team on its toes as she tallied an eye-popping 10 home runs in 2019. The Wildcats’ outfielder could also drive in runs as she had a team-high 34 to go along with her .442 batting average, which also led the team. With her getting on base, she was also able to score 28 runs.

Madalena Daugherty, Utility, Madonna

Losing a lot of talent from 2018’s squad, many had the thought process that Madonna was going to have a down year. However, Madalena Daugherty and the Blue Dons proved the doubters wrong. Daugherty batted an impressive .500 that included eight triples and 25 RBI and also captured seven victories. Daugherty received many accolades including first team All-OVAC, second team all-state and OVAC Class 1A Player of the Year. Daugherty helped the Blue Dons win their fifth straight OVAC title with five strikeouts in the championship game.

Taylor Gallentine, Infielder, St. Clairsville

When playing only 20 games on the season, it certainly hard to compile eye-popping statistics. It was not any trouble for Taylor Gallentine, though. In her senior season, she quite possibly saved her best performance for her last year as she batted .587 that included 44 total hits. She also tallied 10 doubles and helped the Red Devils secure the OVAC Class 4A championship collecting the only two hits of the game for the Red Devils in the win. Gallentine was also named OVAC 4A Player of the Year.

Rachel Kazmirski, Pitcher, Brooke

Ever since she stepped on the diamond, Rachel Kazmirski was always a threat. Her junior campaign was no different. Although not pitching for two weeks because of an injury, Kazmirski still fired 121 strikeouts in 98 2/3 innings of work and grabbed nine victories. At the plate, she led Brooke with a .405 batting average with 30 hits and 29 RBI. Four of her hits went for home runs, including a grand slam in a sectional game that secured a spot in the sectional title game. Kazmirski was also named second team all-state in Class AAA.

Ashley Linder, Utility, Wheeling Park

After a couple-year hiatus from the state tournament, Wheeling Park managed to punch its ticket to Jackson Memorial Park this past season. Although, the trip to Vienna was short-lived, Ashley Linder certainly had a final season to remember in a Wheeling Park uniform. Linder had an ERA of 1.65 with nine victories and 61 strikeouts. She also held a .361 batting average where she also had a base clearing-double at the state tournament. Linder was also honored with second team all-state in Class AAA.

Madison McKay, Pitcher, Oak Glen

When one would see Madison McKay step inside the circle this past year for Oak Glen, it would take a lot of convincing to believe that she was only a freshman. Turns out, McKay will certainly be one of the local players to watch over the next few years. The Golden Bears ace tallied 16 victories over the course of the 2019 season while striking out 246 batters in 148 innings pitched to secure a 1.23 ERA. She also compiled a .455 batting average, McKay totaled 46 hits including 11 doubles and brought home 23 runs. She was also named second team all-state in Class AA.

Sophia Recrosio, Outfielder, Linsly

New team, same results. After three stellar careers at Madonna, Sophia Recrosio finished her final high school year in a Linsly uniform. It’s came as no surprise she picked up where she left off. Boasting a .547 batting average, Recrosio belted 41 hits including a team-high 11 doubles and four triples. She also led the Cadets in RBI (33), runs scored (30) and stolen bases (26). The Cadets had one of their best seasons in recent memory and secured a spot in the OVAC 3A playoffs.

Brooklynn Ruble, Pitcher, Bridgeport

Making it to any kind of championship game is no easy feat. Well, if you are Bridgeport and have an ace of pitcher, then it may come a little easier. For Brooklynn Ruble, every time she went out to pitch, it was just another day in the circle as she helped Bridgeport make it the OVAC Class 2A title game. Firing an astounding 279 strikeouts, the senior also garnered 14 victories with a 1.8 ERA. She also threw two no-hitters. At the plate, she batted .400. Ruble was named Ohio second team all-state in Division IV.

Natalie Stoner, Utility, Bellaire

When an athlete is a senior, they have one final chance to pour their heart and soul into the sport that they love. Natalie Stoner left it all out there for the Big Reds. Batting a .495, Stoner belted 34 hits including eight triples. Stoner also was stellar inside the circle for Bellaire as she tossed seven victories and struck out 64 and tallied a 2.00 ERA. Stoner was named to the second team all-Ohio in Division III.

Ashley Tharp, Utility, Magnolia

After impressive junior campaign, it was back to business for Ashley Tharp. Securing a spot on first team all-state in Class A, the senior was a workhorse for the Blue Eagles as she turned in 146 innings pitched. She collected 196 strikeouts to secure a 1.79 ERA. Tharp was just as dangerous at the plate as she compiled a .465 batting average, .489 on-base-percentage and belted seven home runs.

Madison Young, Catcher, Harrison Central

It is no easy task to catch for every inning in a season, but that’s exactly what Madison Young did. Not only that, but she caught every game in her career as a Husky. During her senior campaign, she boasted a fielding percentage of .977. At the plate, Young compiled a .410 batting average and tallied 34 hits. To make things even more impressive, she did not strike out once. Young was named second team all-state in Ohio in Division III.

Allee Zwick, Infielder, Monroe Central

It was another solid season for Monroe Central. Allee Zwick was a force to be reckoned with during the 2019 campaign as she helped the Seminoles to the OVAC 3A semifinals. Leading Monroe Central in almost every batting category, the junior gathered 47 hits including 10 doubles and three home runs for the Seminoles. Zwick also had a .534 batting average and brought home 34 runs.


First Team

P — Madison McKay, Oak Glen

P — Brooklynn Ruble, Bridgeport

P — Rachel Kazmirski, Brooke

C — Sophia Mikula, Weir (c)

C — Madison Young, Harrison Central

IF — Jairika Baylor, Wheeling Central

IF — Raven Banks, Steubenville

IF — Allee Zwick, Monroe Central

IF — Taylor Gallentine, St. Clairsville

OF — Sophia Recrosio, Linsly

OF — Hannah Christoff, Edison

OF — Anna Blake, John Marshall (c)

Util — Jamie Anderson, Toronto

Util — Ashley Tharp, Magnolia

Util — Madison Fields, Steubenville (c)

Util — Natalie Stoner, Bellaire

Util — Ashley Linder, Wheeling Park

Util — Madalena Daugherty, Madonna

Second Team

P — Regan Hanlon, Barnesville

P — Jenna Jaskowiak, St. Clairsville

P — Abryanna Bumbico, Martins Ferry

C — Karmen DiBiase, Steubenville Catholic

C — Shanna Reed, Toronto

IF — Lydia Knutsen, John Marshall

IF — Karena Recrosio, Linsly

IF — Mallory Rosnick, Weir

IF — Keiran Johnson, Wheeling Park

OF — Leah Ferguson, Steubenville

OF — Kristen Friday, Monroe Central

OF — Hannah Thoburn, St. Clairsville

Util — Katrina Davis, Bellaire

Util — Kyla Tharp, Wheeling Central

Util — Livi Rose, River

Util — Carley Jo Penner, Indian Creek

Util — Kaden Mercer, Union Local

Honorable Mention

Barnesville — Madison Detling, Erin Hannahs

Beallsville — Makenzie Perkins

Bellaire — Kaylan Brown

Bridgeport — Angie Sommer

Brooke — Jaycee Mitchell

Buckeye Local — Kya Demeter, Alaire Detifanes

Edison — Mikayla Petrisko

Harrison Central — Kobey Johnson

Hundred — Kayla Matthews

Indian Creek — Megan Kelley, Taylor Scott

John Marshall — Taylor Gray, Kameryn Skrzyneki

Linsly — Kelsey Smith, Maddie Menendez

Madonna — Michaella Battista, Miranda Sole

Magnolia — Kayna Anderson, Paige Brill

Martins Ferry — Jaden Stalder

Monroe Central — Shaylie Giesey, Kaitlyn Matz

Oak Glen — Alexa Andrews, Hannah Patterson

Paden City — Raven Fulks, Ashlyn Moses

River — Candace Caldwell

Shadyside — Kylie Jo Baker, Sydnie Destifanes

St. Clairsville — Bree Bennington

St. John — Shaylyn Horvath, Jayden Lowe

Steuenville — Lakyn Blackburn, Sam Cucarese

Steubenville Catholic — Veronica Phillipson, Bella Zinno

Toronto — Madison Sapp

Tyler Consolidated — Allie Miller, JoLee Walton

Union Local — Bailey Rinkes, Keira Gregor

Valley — Megan Brown

Weir — Taylor Webster

Wheeling Central — Ally Davidson

Wheeling Park — Mahayla McCroskey, Shea Wright

Batting Average

(.325 minimum, 15 hits)

.649 — Fields, Steub

.618 — Broomhall, Barn

.587 — Gallentine, St. C.

.565 — K. Recrosio, Lin

.550 — Baylor, WC

.547 — S. Recrosio, Lin

.537 — Phillipson, SCC

.535 — Anderson, Tor

.534 — Zwick, MC

.531 — DiBiase, SCC

.529 — Mercer, UL

.513 — Davis, Bell

.500 — M. Daugherty, Mad; Mikula, Weir; Zinno, SCC

.495 — Stoner, Bell

.493 — Ferguson, Steub

.478 — Penner, IC

.472 — Rose, Riv

.471 — Bennington, St. C.

.469 — Bumbico, MF

.468 — Kelley, IC; Rosnick, Weir;

.466 — Thoburn, St. C.

.465 — Reed, Tor; Tharp, Mag

.464 — Rinkes, UL

.463 — Banks, Steub

.455 — McKay, OG

.449 — Giesey, MC

.443 — Gregor, UL

.442 — Christoff, Edi

.438 — Cucarese, Steub

.430 — Friday, MC

.426 — Fulks, PC; Matz, MC; Moses, PC

.425 — Knutsen, JM

.417 — Tharp, WC

.415 — Blackburn, Steub

.413 — Anderson, Mag; Scott, IC

.412 — Kelly, Mag

.411 — Adams, Weir; An. Blake, JM

.410 — Detling, Barn; Young, HC

.406 — Horvath, STC

.405 — Kazmirski, Bro; Ward, JM

.404 — Webster, Weir

.400 — Johnson, HC; Lively, Riv; Ruble, Bport

.398 — Patterson, OG

.397 — Lowe, SJC; Marshall, Steub

.396 — Kull, SJC; Petrisko, Edi

.395 — Caldwell, Riv

.394 — Babel, Edi; McIntyre, PC; Walker, OG

.393 — Blackburn, Steub; Scott, IC

.388 — Gillepsie, SJC; Mir. Sole, Mad

.387 — Andrews, OG; Nixon, SJC

.386 — Thomas, UL

.385 — Baker, Shady; Hannahs, Barn

.382 — Destifanes, BL

.379 — Robb, UL

.378 — Mangino, JM; Yeagle, SJC

.377 — Ely, IC; Casey UL; S. Miller, TC

.368 — Merritt, UL

.362 — Kaczmareck, Weir

.361 — Linder, WP

.360 — Hendershot, Shady

.359 — Lollathin, Riv

.358 — A. Miller, TC

.356 — Destifanes, Shady; Gray, JM; Grimes, Edi; Sweeny, PC

.354 — Aperfine, Weir; Brill, Mag; Demeter, BL

.353 — Kins, JM

.352 — Battista, Mad

.351 — DeVaughn, TC

.349 — Swords, Shady

.348 — Menendez, Lin; Powell, UL

.347 — Mitchell, Bro

.344 — Heller, Lin; Magnani, UL

.341 — Stewart, Edi

.340 — Davidson, WC

.338 — Johnson, WP; Kinsey, IC

.333 — Carpenter, Shady; Camryn Case, BL

.331 — Soomer, Bport

.329 — Conway, Bport

.327 — Kling, PC

.326 — Booker, Bell

.325 — Brown, Bell

Hits (20)

52 — Mikula, Weir

50 — Fields, Steub

47 — Zwick, MC

46 — McKay, OG

45 — Davis, Bell; Knutsen, JM

44 — Gallentine, St. C.; Giesey, MC

41 — Andrews, OG; An. Blake, JM; S. Recrosio, Lin

40 — Friday, MC; Hannahs, Barn; Matz, MC

39 — Patterson, OG; K. Recrosio, Lin; Walker, OG

38 — Anderson, Tor; Petrisko, Edi

37 — Banks, Steub; Blackburn, Steub; Cucarese, Steub; Ferguson, Steub; Rosnick, Weir

36 — Horvath, St. C; Mercer, UL; Phillipson, SCC; Webster, Weir

35 — Baker, Shady; Blackburn, Steub

34 — Aperfine, Weir; Christoff, Edi; Rose, Riv; Stoner, Bell; Thoburn, St. C.; Young, HC

33 — Reed, Tor

32 — Bennington, St. C; Daugherty, Mad; Detling, Barn; Destifanes, Shady; Penner, IC; Rinkes, UL

31 — Gray, JM; Grimes, Edi; Mangino, JM; Marshall, Steub

30 — Adams, Weir; Caldwell, Riv; Johnson, HC; Kazmirski, Bro; Kins, JM; Lowe, SJC; Nixon, SJC; Swords, Shady

29 — A. Miller, TC; Moses, PC; Zinno, SCC

28 — Babel, Edi; Davis, Shady; Kull, SJC; McIntyre, PC; Skrzyneki, JM

27 — Butler, Shady; Gregor, UL; Hanlon, Barn; Hendershot, Shady; Reynolds, Barn; Mir Sole, Mad; Yeagle, SJC

26 — Baylor, WC; Davidson, WC; DiBiase, SCC; Fulks, PC; Kildow, UL; Scott, IC

25 — Battista, Mad; Bumbico, MF; Johnson, WP

24 — Gillepsie, SJC; Powell, UL

23 — Ab. Blake, JM; Brenstuhl, Edi; Ely, IC; Linder, WP; Menendez, Lin; Leach, Barn; Lollathin, Riv

22 — Heller, Lin; Kinsey, IC; Kelley, IC; Lively, Riv; Magnani, UL; Robb, UL; Scott, IC

21 — Broomhall, , Barn; Kaczmareck, Weir; Merritt, UL

20 — Brown, Bell; Hall, JM; McElroy, Edi; Moeller, Riv

Doubles (8)

15 — Fields, Steub; Knutsen, JM

14 — Rose, Riv

13 — Butler, Shady; Matz, MC

12 — Mikula, Weir

11 — S. Recrosio, Lin; Rinkes, UL; Rosnick, Weir; McKay, OG; Swords, Shady

10 — Bumbico, MF; Davis, Bell; Gallentine, St. C.; Giesey, MC; Menendez, Lin; Petrisko, Edi; Walton, TC; Veltri, Bro; Zwick, MC

9 — Banks, Steub; Gregor, UL; Hanlon, Barn; Thoburn, St. C.;

8 — Aperfine, Weir; An. Blake, JM; Davidson, WC; A. Destifanes, BL; S. Destifanes, Shady; Horvath, STC; Stoner, Bell

Triples (3)

10 — Andrews, OG

9 — Anderson, Tor; Scott, IC

8 — Daugherty, Mad

5 — Lollathin, Riv; K. Recrosio, Lin

4 — Bumbico, MF; Johnson, HC; Mercer, UL; S. Recrosio, Lin

3 — Aperfine, Weir; Baylor, WC; Broomhall, Barn; Detling, Barn; Ferguson, Steub; Giesey, MC; Gray, JM; Hannahs, Barn; Hendershot, Shady; Horvath, STC; Magnani, UL; Matz, MC; Merritt, UL; Patterson, OG; Powell, UL

Home Runs (3)

10 — Christoff, Edi

8 — Johnson, HC

7 — Patterson, OG; Tharp, Mag

6 — Anderson, Tor; Fields, Steub; Friday, MC

5 — An. Blake, JM; Destifanes, BL; Detling, Barn; Kaczmareck, Weir; Matz, MC

4 — Aperfine, Weir; Baylor, WC; Broomhall, Barn; Bumbico, MF; Davidson, WC; DiBiase, SCC; Gregor, UL; Grimes, Edi; Horvath, STC; Kazmirski, Bro; Mangino, JM; Mikula, Weir; Mitchell, Bro; Petrisko, Edi

3 — Andrews, OG; Banks, Steub; Blake, JM; Brill, Mag; DeVaughn, TC; Hannahs, Barn; Lowe, SJC; Mercer, UL; Rinkes, UL; Skrzyneki, JM; Thoburn, St. C.; Zwick, MC

Runs Batted In (20)

44 — Banks, Steub

42 — Horvath, SJC

39 — Fields, Steub

38 — Baker, Shady

36 — Davis, Bell; Scott, IC

34 — Christoff, Edi; Johnson, HC; Zwick, MC

33 — Phillipson, SCC; S. Recrosio, Lin

32 — Anderson, Tor

30 — Hanlon, Barn; Kull, SJC; Mangino, JM

29 — Giesey, MC; Kazmirski, Bro; Matz, MC

28 — Marshall, Steub; Stoner, Bell

27 — An. Blake, JM; Friday, MC

26 — Grimes, Edi; Penner, IC; Rinkes, UL

25 — Battista, Mad; Daugherty, Mad; Destifanes, BL; Gregor, UL; Lowe, SJC

24 — Butler, Shady; Rose, Riv; Rosnick, Weir; Swords, Shady

23 — Babel, Edi; Blackburn, Steub; Detling, Barn; Gray, JM; Kaczmareck, Weir; McKay, OG; Skrzyneki, JM; Webster, Weir

21 — Ab Blake, JM; Caldwell, Riv; Petrisko, Edi; Gillepsie, SJC; Yeagle, SJC

20 — Andrews, OG; Ferguson, Steub; Cucarese, Steub; Scott, IC; Mercer, UL; Heller, Lin; Reynolds, Barn; Nixon, SJC


Earned Run Average (2.00/50 IP)

1.23 — McKay, OG

1.65 — Linder, WP

1.79 — Tharp, Mag

1.80 — Ruble, Bport

2.00 — Stoner, Bell; Tharp, WC

Strikeouts (60)

279 — Ruble, Bport

246 — McKay, OG

196 — Tharp, Mag

135 — Hanlon, Barn

121 — Kazmirski, Bro

110 — Anderson, Tor

106 — Fields, Steub

103 — Jaskowiak, St. C.

76 — Reager, Shady

72 — Lively, Riv

64 — Stoner, Bell

61 — Linder, WP

Victories (5)

16 — McKay, OG

14 — Ruble, Bport

13 — Anderson, Tor; Jaskowiak, St. C.

12 — Fields, Steub

11 — Reager, Shady

10 — Hanlon, Barn; Lively, Riv

9 — Kazmirski, Bro; Kinsey, IC; Linder, WP; Smith, Lin; Tharp, WC

7 — Daugherty, Mad; Morgan, JM; Penner, IC; Stoner, Bell; Wise, JM

6 — Kaczmareck, Weir

5 — Detling, Barn

Innings Pitched (25)

148 — McKay, OG

146 — Tharp, Mag

120 — Smith, Lin

116 — Jaskowiak, St. C.

115.2 — Hanlon, Barn

113.2 — Anderson, Tor

104.1 — Fields, Steub

99.2 — Linder, WP

98.2 — Kazmirski, Bro

82 — Reager, Shady

76.1 — Stoner, Bell

75 — McIntyre, PC

69 — Detling, Barn

68 — Tharp, WC

55 — Swords, Shady

43 — Rinkes, UL

31.1 — Powell, UL

29 — Gregor, UL


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