The successful baseball and softball seasons for the Booneville Bearcats and LadyCats have brought with them a healthy harvest of honors at the conference and state levels.
Ten Booneville baseball players and five LadyCat softballers earned such honors, it was announced last week.
Seniors Hayden Fennell and Brady Brasher and sophomore Brandon Ulmer were named to the Class 4A All-State baseball team, coach Darby Ulmer announced.
Fennell led the team with a .403 batting average and drove in 22 runs, while also striking out 31 batters in only 21 innings pitched. Brasher batted .398, led the team in runs batted in with 36 and struck out 87 batters in 70 innings pitched. Ulmer turned in a .402 average with 3 home runs and 25 RBI; he struck out 44 batters.
Named All-Conference were senior Wyatt Rongey (.314, 19 RBI); junior Trent Wooldridge (.380, 35 RBI), and sophomores Mikey Hesson (.369, 1 HR, 31 RBI) and Carson Ray (.388, 32 RBI). Honorable mentions went to sophomore Blakley Cobb and freshmen Gabe Fennell and Cam Brasher.
In addition, Fennell, Brady Brasher and Ulmer were named to the Times Record Best of River Valley first team. Brady Brasher was named team Most Valuable Player, while Wooldridge won best outfielder, Hayden Fennell best infielder and Ray best offensive player.
Senior pitcher Whitney Tatum heads up the softball honors. She was named to the Class 4A All-State softball team, it was announced by coach Ronnie Denton.
Tatum led the team with a .468 batting average while hitting 5 home runs, driving in 25 runs and scoring 27 times. In the circle, she turned in a 1.68 earned-run average while striking out 237 batters in 145 2/3 innings.
Four other players gained All-Conference honors: senior catcher Mariah Reagan (.460, 7 RBI), senior right fielder AshLeah Craig (.286, 23 RBI), junior third baseman Beth Wilkinson (.342, 18 RS, 11 RBI, 5 stolen bases) and freshman shortstop Shelby Posey (.348, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 20 RS).
Tatum was named to the Times Record Best of River Valley first team, while Reagan was accorded second-team honors.