PAOLA — Six players from the Paola Lady Panther softball team were first-team Tri-County Spotlight Softball selections.

The Spotlight team recognized 30 players. Ten players were named first-team, 10 second-team and there were 11 honorable mention selections.

Paola had six first-team selections, one second-team selection and one honorable mention selection.

Spring Hill had seven players recognized with two first-team selections. Louisburg had six players honored with three second-team selections. Osawatomie had six players selected, including one first-team selection. Prairie View had three players recognized with one first-team selection.

The Lady Panthers, 16-7, won their third consecutive regional championship, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Piper 10-6.

Paola qualified for the Class 4A state tournament in Salina, ending the season as one of the top eight teams in the state. Paola was 6-2 in league play and placed third in the team standings.

Outfielder Alexis Chapman was named the Spotlight player of the year and Kiersten Weitze was selected the pitcher of the year. (See related story)

Chapman and Weitze were first-team Spotlight selections.

Outfielder Aubrey Weatherbie, infielder Hannah Menefee, infielder Halle Schindler and catcher Kate Ediger were first-team selections.

Chapman had a team-leading .528 batting average for the Lady Panthers. She had 38 base hits with eight doubles, two triples and two home runs. Chapman also led Paola in runs scored with 30. She drove in 22 runs.

Weitze started 16 games and was 16-7 on the season. She had a no-hitter. Weitze had an earned-run average of 3.084. She struck out 123 and walked 29 in 106 innings pitched.

Weatherbie hit .465 for the Lady Panthers. She had 33 base hits, including eight doubles, two triples and six home runs. Weatherbie drove in 29 runs and scored 28 runs.

“Aubrey had several home-runs, including a grand slam which helped us solidify our regional championship win.”

Menefee tied Paola for the most hits with 38. She had eight doubles, one triple and five home runs. Menefee drove in a team-leading 32 runs and had 27 runs scored.

She also flashed some leather at second base. Menefee made 35 put outs and turned a double play. She did not have a single error in 35 chances for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

“Hannah has a very steady glove and one of the most accurate arms we have had,” Ball said.

Schindler hit .346 with 27 base hits. She drove in 29 runs and had 24 runs scored.

Ediger hit .339 with 20 base hits. She had five doubles, drove in nine runs and scored 16 runs. Ediger made 80 put outs without a single error. She picked one runner off base and threw out four base runners attempting to steal second.

Kaitlyn Fanning of Osawatomie was a first-team selection at infield and earned second-team honors at pitcher.

Fanning hit .491 for the Lady Trojans. She had 27 hits with four doubles and three triples.

“Kaitlyn Fanning was a team leader for us,” Osawatomie coach Allen Neal said.

Spring Hill infielder Paige Cooper and utility player Layney Steging were first-team selections.

Cooper hit .370. She had 20 base hits. Cooper had nine doubles and one home run. She drove in 15 runs and had 20 runs scored.

Steging hit .377 with 23 base hits. She drove in nine runs and had 18 runs scored.

“Laney Steging will be missed next year,” Spring Hill coach Shelly Huber said. “I have put her in about every position during her four years here and she has been able to perform.”

Rylee Boone of Prairie View was a first-team selection at outfield.

Boone hit .451 for the Lady Buffalos. She had 17 base hits with two doubles and three triples.

Outfielder Molly Rison, infielder Karson Griggs, and infielder Madison Svoboda were second-team selections for the Louisburg Lady Cats.

The Louisburg Lady Cats won three games in a row to capture a regional title, coming from behind for two of the victories.

Rison hit .453 with 29 base hits. She drove in 21 runs and had 13 runs scored.

Griggs hit .397 with 29 hits, including seven doubles and five home runs. She drove in 21 runs and had 20 runs scored.

Svoboda hit .354 with 23 base hits. She drove in 13 runs and had 20 runs scored.

Infielder Maggi Morgan of Paola was a second-team selection.

Morgan hit .387 with 29 base hits. She drove in 19 runs and scored 19 runs. Morgan had 41 put outs with one assist and turned one double play.

Osawatomie outfielder Molly Spencer, infielder Lindsay Shippy and catcher Tara Haag were second-team selections.

Spencer hit .452 with 29 base hits. She made 25 put outs with one assist and no errors.

“Molly Spencer had a perfect season fielding,” Neal said.

Shippy batted .429 with 27 base hits. She made 28 put outs with 22 assists.

“Shippy had a great year for us,” Neal said.

Haag hit .377 with 20 base hits. She had four doubles, one triple and three home runs.

“Tara Haag did a great job behind the plate catching for us,” Neal said.

Mariah Hess of Spring Hill was a second-team selection at infield.

Hess hit .380 for the Lady Broncos. She had 20 hits with three doubles.

Braxton Stainbrook of Prairie View was a second-team selection at utility.

Stainbrook had 21 base hits with eight doubles.

Paola infielder Madison Bryant earned honorable mention honors. She hit .314 with 16 hits.

Infielder Courtney Harris and outfielder Skyler Gravatt of Osawatomie were honorable mention selections.

Harris hit .407 with 24 base hits. She had five doubles.

“She was a phenomenal shortstop for us,” Allen said.

Gravatt hit .429 with 21 base hits. She made 26 put outs with three assists.

Prairie View shortstop and pitcher Julia Paisley was an honorable mention selection.

Paisley hit .354 for the Lady Buffalos.

Spring Hill outfielder Avery Anderson, infielder Chloe Roberts, catcher Gage Pinkerton and pitcher Maggi McNally were honorable mention selections.

Anderson drove in 11 runs with 15 runs scored. She had 19 hits with five doubles, one triple and one home run.

Roberts hit .377 with 20 base hits, including a double.

Pinkerton had 18 hits and drove in 13 runs.

McNally saw action in eight games for Spring Hill. She made seven starts.

Outfielder Paige Eccher, infielder Alyse Moore and pitcher Brooklyn Diederich were honorable mention selections for Louisburg.

Eccher had 16 hits with two doubles. She drove in seven runs and had five runs scored.

Moore had 16 hits with one double. She drove in five runs and had eight runs scored.

Diederich had five wins on the season for the Lady Cats.

She struck out 19 batters. Diederich had 12 hits, drove in 11 runs and had 10 runs scored.


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