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A trio of Warhill softball players were named to the Virginia High School League Group 3A All-State softball teams Monday.
The lone first-team honors were given to sophomore pitcher Keely Rochard, who led Warhill in innings pitched, wins and strikeouts.
Rochard finished the season with a 13-3 record, 130 strikeouts and a 1.91 ERA. At the plate, she also led Warhill with 31 RBIs and five home runs while holding a .448 batting average.
Her performances at the plate and in the circle helped lead Warhill to an appearance in the Group 3A state tournament where the Lions fell 10-3 to Brookville in the semifinal round.
“I think she was very deserving of the award,” Warhill coach Meredith Powell said of Rochard, who Powell said feeds off competition and pressure. “She came in relief, she started and she played first base. When we needed it most, she had her best stretch at the plate during the postseason. She batted over .800 in the postseason.”
The two Warhill players to earn second-team All-State honors were freshman Olivia Schulz and junior Haley Smith.
Despite being a freshman, Powell said Schulz led by example on and off the field. A second baseman for most of the season, Schulz was able to shift over to shortstop in the state tournament after her sister went down with a broken arm.
“Olivia is a ball player,” Powell said of Schulz, who finished the season with a .312 batting average and 30 RBIs. “Her numbers speak for themselves. As a freshman, it’s a huge accomplishment. She’ll only get better and help lead us along for the next three years.”
Powell compared Smith’s work ethic to that of Schulz, saying “if you ask her to do something, she’ll do it.” Smith, who filled in as a designated player for the Lions this year, finished the year with a .300 batting average.
“In her three years at Warhill, I don’t think she’s been at the same position for the whole year,” Powell said of Smith. “But she’s done it with a smile. When she was called on she did her job and did it well.”
With three young All-State selections coming back next year, Powell expressed her excitement at the future of her softball program.
“We’re definitely going to miss our three seniors … but they’re leaving the team in good hands with the girls we have,” she said. “We’re on an upward climb. … We have experience now and they know what to expect. It’s exciting.”
Below are the first-team All-State selections:
Player of the Year: Jordan Dail, sophomore, Brookville
Coach of the Year: Gary Ferguson, Brookville
Pitcher: Leah Shipp, sophomore, Brentsville
Pitcher: Jordan Dail, sophomore, Brookville
Pitcher: Keely Rochard, sophomore, Warhill
Catcher: Megan Dray, sophomore, Bookville
First Base: Hannah Wright, junior, Brookville
Second Base: Morgan Turner, senior, Abingdon
Third Base: Ally Repko, sophomore, Broadway
Shortstop: Makaela Dawkins, junior, Skyline
Flex: Kierstin Roadcap, junior, Turner Ashby
Outfield: Cana Davis, sophomore, Turner Ashby
Outfield: Danielle Calloway, sophomore, Brookville
Outfield: Erin Jones, sophomore, Brentsville
Outfield: Sydney Hays, sophomore, Loudoun Valley
Utility: Leanna Turner, junior, Abingdon
Pitcher: Bekah Ansbro, junior, Central-Woodstock
Pitcher: Natalie Helmick, junior, Turner Ashby
Pitcher: Casidy Largen, sophomore, Patrick County
Catcher: Emily Bartholomew, sophomore, Colonial Heights
First Base: Hayley Kisiel, junior, Culpeper County
Second Base: Olivia Schulz, freshman, Warhill
Third Base: Alexis Wayland, freshman, William Monroe
Shortstop: Kylie Kent, senior, Cave Spring
Flex: Haley Smith, junior, Warhill
Outfield: Savannah Moorefield, sophomore, Patrick County
Outfield: Meredith Rosser, sophomore, Brookville
Outfield: Brittany LaPrade, senior, New Kent
Outfield: Jasmine Webster, senior, Kettle Run
Utility: Erika Elias, junior, Loudoun Valley