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Moore and Hopkins end up on Class A all-state teams for Trinity softball

CHARLESTON — After winning just one game over the past two seasons, the Trinity Christian softball team burst onto the scene in 2023, finishing 14-11 and reaching the semifinals of their sectional tournament.

Two of the biggest contributors to the Warriors’ success this year have been recognized with All-State honors, with freshman outfielder Peyton Moore being named first-team and freshman pitcher Paige Hopkins named second-team All-State in Class A.

Moore hit an impressive .565 with 16 doubles, eight home runs, 38 RBI, 45 runs scored and 28 stolen bases.

In the circle, Hopkins went 9-5 with a 4.20 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 83.1 innings. At the plate, Hopkins hit .493 with 11 doubles and 36 RBI.

Trinity Christian’s Paige Hopkins (7) was named second-team all-state in Class A. (William Wotring/The Dominion Post)

Clay-Battelle pitcher Savannah Doshen earned honorable mention all-state honors.

It’s been a process for head coach Lacy Riggs’ St. Marys High School softball program.

For the first time in school history, the Blue Devils not only won the Little Kanawha Conference title, but the Pleasants County program ultimately emerged as Class A state champions for the first time ever.

Key to that success was junior left-handed pitcher Cali Masters, who was named captain of the all-state first team as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

“She’s a tremendous asset and she’s just mentally tough,” said coach Riggs, who knows it will be a challenge to repeat next year after finishing third in the state rankings in 2022 and finishing second behind Wahama last spring.

“She was surrounded by, you could almost say, a college infield with what she had behind her. We had a really excellent infield and our outfield was nothing to fault.”

In addition to hitting .408 with eight doubles, five triples, one home run and 29 runs batted in, Masters threw two no-hitters against Wheeling Central in the regional series.

Masters finished with a 20-4 mound mark with an earned run average of 0.33. In 147 innings of work, she allowed 59 hits, 39 walks and struck out 266.

The Blue Devil was joined on the first team for the third consecutive season by Wheeling Central junior pitcher Josie Frizzell and Petersburg senior Sam Colaw, who helped the Vikings to a state runner-up finish.

Frizzell went 15-3 with a 0.95 ERA and 203 strikeouts. Colaw had a 20-6 record with a 2.24 ERA and 173 punchouts in 166 frames. A utility selection, the Viking also had a .439 average with 11 doubles, eight bombs and 32 RBIs.

Masters and Frizzell were joined on the first team as pitchers by Buffalo senior Kimmie Dillman and Doddridge County senior Makenna Curran. The Bulldog, whose team was ousted in the region by Petersburg, finished 22-11 with 307 punchouts in 198 innings. Dillman finished with a 17-10 record, striking out 185 batters, along with a .344 batting average and seven home runs at the plate.

The only four-time first-team honoree was St. Marys infielder Zoey Winland. To go along with her .420 average, the Blue Devil stroked 16 doubles, five three-baggers, two round-trippers and drove in 39 while swiping 27 bags.

Two players were repeat selections on the top unit: Ravenswood junior Macy Casto and Tug Valley sophomore Bailee Hall.

The utility Hall hit .547 with 18 doubles, a triple, four home runs, 30 RBIs and 40 steals. Inside the circle, she finished 17-7 with a 2.98 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 131 2-3 innings.

Casto, who won a spot in the field but saw her team fall to Buffalo in the regional game, was the Red Devils’ best pitcher, recording 277 strikeouts in 151 1-3 innings. At the dish, Casto hit .471 with eight doubles, nine home runs and 32 runs batted in.

St. Marys also brought Ella Bullman to the first team in the outfield. The junior center fielder, who had no errors and a trio of assists, stole 10 bases, batted .349, drove in 21 runs and added four doubles, two triples and a pair of home runs.

“We didn’t always start as hard and fast as we needed to, but at the end of the game I can’t think of a single time this season where they gave up,” coach Riggs added of her trio of all first-team players. staters and the rest of her squad, which produced a school-record 31 wins against a quartet of upsets.

“Several times during the season we were tied and came back to win the game. They just didn’t give up. In my opinion, the state championship could not have gone to a more deserving group of kids. Of course I’m biased, but it’s a really great group of kids.”

Bullman was joined in the first-team outfield by Tug Valley senior Haleigh Muncy (.481 AVG, 12-1-5, 44 RBIs, 14 SBs) and Trinity freshman Peyton Moore (.565 AVG, 16-1-8, 38 RBIs, 28 SBs).

Two seniors earned top nods at catcher in Ritchie County’s Jayci Gray (.420 AVG, 13-2-1, 37 RBIs, 38 SBs) and Sherman’s Lauren Guthrie (.596 AVG, 8-1-8, 32 RBIs, 10 SBs ).

Casto was joined on the first team infield by Buffalo junior Kiera Cochran (.378 AVG, 8 HRs), Petersburg freshman Miley Tingler (.407 AVG, 7-6-7, 31 RBIs, 9 SBs) and Wahama sophomore Fiona VanMatre (.407 AVG, 7-6-7, 31 RBIs, 9 SBs) and Wahama sophomore Fiona VanMatre (.516 AVG, 11-0-1, 21 RBIs, 9 SBs).

The other two utility selections were filled by Pendleton County junior Baylee Beachler and Midland Trail freshman Madison Rader. MTHS, which reached the state tournament for the third time in four years, saw Rader go 15-6 with a 2.40 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 131 innings. She also hit .500 with six doubles, one triple, 21 RBIs and five steals. Beachler was 10-3 with an ERA of 0.89 and 123 punchouts in 78 1-3 innings. She also had a .438 average with 10 doubles, four three-baggers, nine home runs, 45 runs batted in and 10 stolen bases.

Wahama junior outfielder Payton Staats (.389 AVG, 5-3-1, 18 RBIs, 10 SBs) was honored as second team captain.

Sherman junior Summer Harvey and Charleston Catholic sophomore Hannah Vriendt joined her in the outfield.

Moorefield senior Amber Williams, Greenbrier West sophomore Brilee Redden and Ritchie County freshman Rocklyn Marcum were the second-team pitchers, while Ravenswood senior Emily Wratchford and Petersburg sophomore Ella Chew were the catchers.

Second-team infield honors were shared by a trio of seniors in St. Marys’ Breanna Price, Magnolia’s Haidyn Bland and Williamstown’s Ava Johnson, along with Midland Trial sophomore Nevaeh Hall and two freshmen in Ravenswood’s Anna Casto and Sherman’s Lexi Lowe.

The second-team utility spot quartet was filled by Magnolia junior Mallory McDiffitt, Doddridge County sophomore Riley Myers, Trinity freshman Paige Hopkins and Buffalo freshman Morgan Cobb.

All-State honorees can obtain state-shaped wooden plaques with name, school, year and honor at wvswa.org or bearwoodcompany.com.

By JAY W. BENNETT/New and Sentinel

Class A, first class
1st team

P – Cali Masters, St. Marys (Jr.) (CAPTAIN)
P – Kimmie Dillman, Buffalo (Sr.)
P – MaKenna Curran, Doddridge County (Sr.)
P – Josie Frizzell, Wheeling Central (junior)
IF – Zoey Winland, St. Marys (Sr.)
IF – Kiera Cochran, Buffalo (Jr.)
IF – Macy Casto, Ravenswood (Jr.)
IF – Miley Tingler, Petersburg, (Fr.)
IF – Fiona VanMatre, Wahama (Soph)
OF – Ella Bullman, St. Marys (Jr.)
OF – Haleigh Muncy, Tug Valley (Sr.)
OF – Peyton Moore, Trinity (Fr.)
C – Jayci Gray, Ritchie County (Sr.)
C – Lauren Guthrie, Sherman (Sr.)
UTL – Sam Colaw, Petersburg (Sr.)
UTL – Madison Rader, Midland Trail (Fr)
UTL – Baylee Beachler, Pendleton (Jr.)
UTL – Bailee Hall, Tug Valley (Soph.)

2nd team
P – Brilee Redden, Greenbrier West (Soph).
P – Rocklyn Marcum, Ritchie County (Fr.)
P – Amber Williams, Moorefield (Sr.)
IF – Lexi Lowe, Sherman (Fr)
IF – Anna Casto, Ravenswood (Fr)
IF – Haidyn Bland, Magnolia (Sr.)
IF – Breanna Price, St Marys (Sr.)
IF – Ava Johnson, Williamstown (Sr.)
IF – Nevaeh Hall, Midland Trail (Soph.)
OR – Payton Staats, Wahama (Jr.) (CAPTAIN)
OF – Summer Harvey, Sherman (Jr.)
OR – Hannah Vriendt, Charleston Catholic (Soph.)
C – Ella Chew, Petersburg (Soph.)
C – Emily Wratchford, Ravenswood (Sr.)
UTL – Riley Myers, Doddridge County (Soph.)
UTL – Mallory McDiffitt, Magnolia (Jr.)
UTL – Paige Hopkins, Trinity (Fr.)
UTL – Morgan Cobb, Buffalo (Fr.)

Honorable mention
Olivia See, Doddridge County; Layla Smith, Gilmer County; Stevie Starsick, Gilmer County; Jesse Anderson, Magnolia; Layne Kincaid, St. Mary’s; Alexis Livingston, Tyler Consolidated; Kiersten Kirby, Williamstown; Hadley Ross, Doddridge County; Elissa Hoffman, Wahama; Amelya Wellman, Tugboat Valley; Avery Townsend, Pendleton County; Shanna Cabell, Van; Breigh Martin, Buffalo; Maddie Morris, Catholic in Charleston; Maddie Strosnider, East Hardy; Preslee Treadway, Greenbrier West; Hannah Benson, Midland Trail; Brook Edge, Wheeling Central; Aubrey McCoy, Catholic in Charleston; Ella Wingett, Madonna; Tori Sizemore, Montcalm; McKenna Crites, Moorefield; Bella Rine, Wheeling Central; Addison Armentrout, East Hardy; Maddie Fields, Greenbrier West; Jacklynn Barnett, Male; Addie Hicks, Tucker County; Cali Brown, Van; Ava Shaffer, Tucker County; Darren Loughridge, Webster County; Bryleigh Thomas, James Monroe; Savannah Doshen, Clay Battelle; Phoebe Dudgeon, Mt View; Aubrey Thomas, Cameron; Desiree Keene, Tolsia; Lilly Perkins, river view; Carlee Sweeney, Paden City; Ava Satterfield, Ritchie County

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