Area players earn All-Region softball honors
The Purdy Lady Eagles, after claiming the Ozark 7 Conference championship and finishing as district runners up, placed more players on the All-Region, All-District and All-Conference lists than any other area team.
Purdy's Brooke Swadley and Addy Roller were selected for the All-Region first team. Both girls were also All-District and All-Ozark 7 Conference first team choices. In addition, Swadley was named the conference's most valuable player.
Swadley, a senior infielder, had an outstanding season. Her season statistics attest to her abilities on the softball diamond. Swadley had a batting average of .514 and slugging percentage of .716. She tallied 25 RBI, nine doubles, two triples and two home runs and was only struck out five times in 74 at bats. Swadley also enjoyed an on-base percentage of .557 and was 23 for 23 in stolen bases.
"Brooke is one of the best players that has ever played at Purdy," said Purdy Coach Jeff Swadley. "She's very driven on and off the field and willing to put others ahead of herself. She is always encouraging others to succeed, and she was just a great leader for her team."
Roller earned her post-season honors as an outfielder. At centerfield, the junior was the outfield leader. She also produced an impressive list of statistics. Roller had a .394 batting average with 24 RBI, eight doubles, two triples and two home runs. She had a slugging percentage of .590 and an on-base percentage of .453. She also was 15 of 15 in stolen bases.
"Addy was another leader for us," said Coach Swadley. "She improved her statistics dramatically from last year. Addy is a natural born leader, and it's easy for her to take charge."
Kirstie Ickes, a senior from Southwest, was the third Barry County softball player to be named to the All-Region list as catcher. Ickes also made the All-District and All-Ozark 7 first teams.
After earning All-State second team honors in 2009, Ickes managed to improve in every statistical category in 2010. This season, Ickes had a batting average of .569 and a slugging percentage of .986 from the lead-off position. Ickes also tallied 21 RBI and was 35 for 35 for stolen bases with an on-base percentage of .722.
"Kirstie's the real deal," said Southwest Coach Tony Eagleburger. "It's been an absolute pleasure to coach her. In my 12 years of coaching, she's among the top one or two players I've coached. She also made a lot of players around her better. She's going to be missed."
Other area players named to the All-District first team were: junior infielder, Taylor Moller, Purdy; junior pitcher, Sarah Conley, Southwest; and junior outfielder Tori Wood, Purdy.
All-District second team choices from the Barry County area were: junior infielder, Rebeca Neill, Purdy; sophomore infielder, Coutney Morgan, Southwest; sophomore infielder, Cady Swindle, Southwest; sophomore infielder Hannah Hendrix, Southwest; senior infielder, Courtney Breamer, Southwest; freshman pitcher, Carliegh Hall, Purdy; and senior catcher, Shelby Scott, Purdy.
All-Ozark 7 Conference
Named to the first team were: Brooke Swadley, Taylor Moller, Addy Roller, Shelby Scott and Tori Wood, all of Purdy; Sarah Conley, Morgan Courtney and Kristie Ickes, all of Southwest; and Kaitlyn England, Raschelle Hickman and Resa Young, all of Wheaton.
All-Ozark 7 second team honors were earned by: Kaleigh Ennis and Chelbie Kern, both of Exeter; Carleigh Hall, of Purdy; Courtney Breamer, Hannah Hendrix and Cady Swindle, all of Southwest; and Jessica Haynes, Kasey LIttlefield, Kelli McCracken and Elizabeth Shockley, all of Wheaton.
Purdy's Jeff Swadley was honored as Ozark 7 Conference Coach of the Year.