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Pratt honored as Big 10's top coach

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After dominating Harrison County action and coming within one game of advancing to the state softball tournament, rivals Bridgeport and Robert C. Byrd combined to place eight players on the All-County softball team.

In addition, Bridgeport coach Lois Pratt was named the Harrison County Coach of the Year.

The player of the year will be announced at next week's One Valley Bank Athlete of the Year Banquet.

"I think anytime anyone wins something like this, you have to feel pleased. But, I think you have to be more happy with the team," Pratt said.

"It's the girls who have to go out and win the games. We can only do so much. We can coach them only so much. They're the only ones out on the field, so I think most of the credit goes to them."

The Indians, who lost in the regional finals to Frankfort, were led by sisters Erica and Andrea Rome.

The junior infielders helped the Indians capture the Harrison County and Big 10 title this season with an overall record of 21-7. Sophomore pitcher April Potts was selected as one of the pitchers on the first team. Potts finished with a 14-3 record. Bridgeport infielders Adrienne Belcastro (soph.) and Amanda Stanley (jr.) were the Indians' other two selections.

"The girls really wanted to prove something this year," Pratt said. "Not just these five, but all of them. They're just super athletes, and stepped up big for their team.

"All of the other girls teams had success this year, so this team wanted to do the same."

Like Bridgeport, Robert C. Byrd came within one game of advancing to Summersville for the state tournament. The Eagles, which finished with a 14-7 record overall, fell to Wheeling Park in the regional finals, and had three selections to the first team.

Senior outfielder Katie Critchfield was honored along with teammates Beth Cosner (sr., catcher) and Lynsey Martin (jr. first baseman).

South Harrison pushed Bridgeport to one game away from elimination in the sectional finals. The Hawks had three members from its team selected to the first team.

Senior pitcher Alanna Cohen, who carried a large portion of the pitching burden was named to the first team. She is joined by junior infielder Sarah Byrd and junior Bobbi Jo Devericks.

Liberty had three of the final four spots on the first team.

Senior pitcher Amy Bland was honored along with teammates Amber Siders and Valerie Bramel.

The final selection to the first team was Lincoln's Anna Yost.

Members of the second team included Bridgeport's Missy Constante, Meghan Miller and Lindsay Gum, Robert C. Byrd's Missy Arnett, Casey Freeman and Maggie Davis, South Harrison's Hope West, Clenta Bond and Casey Davisson, Liberty's Jaclyn Swick, Amy Curry and Becca Conch and Lincoln's Mandi Campbell and Andrea Crawford.

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