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Hawks' Hurst named County Softball coach of the Year

by Rob Peirce

SPORTS WRITER

Just as the 2003 softball season was balanced in Harrison County, so too is the All-county list.

The list, released today and voted on by the five county coaches and Exponent Telegram sports writers, has 30 available spots -- 15 on both the first and second team. Each team had six players honored. Members of the first team will be honored at the Exponent-Telegram/BB&T banquet, to be held June 20. The Player of the Year also will be announced at the banquet.

South Harrison's Bernie Hurst was voted the Coach of the Year. Hurst led the Hawks to a 16-7 record, the Mason-Dixon title and the Class A, Region II championship game.

A large part of South Harrison's success was pitcher Sarah Bowers, catcher Sami Gould and outfielder Keeley Monarez, who were named to the first team.

Bowers had a 12-5 record with a 2.80 earned run average. Gould supplied plenty of pop, batting .346 with six doubles, two triples, three home runs, 23 RBIs and 33 runs. Monarez hit .356 with 16 runs and 24 RBIs.

Robert C. Byrd also had three first-team representatives. Pitcher Maggie Davis was dominant on the mound and at the plate. She led the team in hitting with a .437 average. Infielder Ashley Mullooly (.422) and speedy outfielder Keisha Bowsman (.390) are the other Eagles first-team players.

Bridgeport had the most first-team players, landing four. Pitcher Stephanie Wanstreet compiled a 10-5 record. She struck out 69 and walked just 16 in 90 1/3 innings. Catcher Ashley McCauley batted .359 with five doubles, 22 stolen bases, 25 runs and 17 RBIs. Kayla Show and Amanda Reed also proved to be offensive catalysts. Show, a freshman outfielder, hit .292 with a home run, 11 stolen bases, 28 runs and 23 RBIs. Reed, an infielder, hit .333 with 10 doubles, 22 runs and 25 RBIs.

Two Liberty players showed their versatility, and a freshman broke in with a bang. Becca Conch saw some time on the mound but was recognized as an infielder. She hit .458 with three triples and 15 stolen bases. Haleigh Holtz spent the regular season in the infield and moved to catcher for the playoffs. She batted .326 and had an on-base percentage of .410 to land the first-team utility spot. In her first season, infielder Kass Nutter batted .500 with 27 RBIs and 23 stolen bases -- both team-highs -- and hit six doubles and three triples.

Lincoln's Amanda Scott and Ashley Cook round out the first team. Scott, an infielder, was the team's leading hitter with a .373 average and 12 RBIs. Cook, an outfielder, hit .277 with 13 stolen bases, 10 RBIs and 18 runs.

The second team pitchers are Mariah Evans of Liberty, Alicia Potts of Bridgeport and Rachael Stout of Lincoln. Robert C. Byrd's Ashley Harrah and Lincoln's Kassie Ice are the catchers.

The infield consists of Lincoln's Tessa Fetty and Miranda Harmer, South Harrison's Sherri Hardman and Jenna Mealey and Bridgeport's Jenna Palmer. The outfielders are Robert C. Byrd's Amber Knapp and Casey Ritz, Liberty's Jessica Lamont and South Harrison's Lindsay Short. Amanda Ballard of Liberty is the utility player.

Sports writer Rob Peirce can be reached at 626-1444 or by e-mail at rpeirce@exponent-telegram.com.