By R. Alan Richardson
The 2015-16 Lady Diamond Dogs have shown to be one of the top programs in the state in fast pitch softball over the past decade and beyond. They are always in the hunt for a region and state championship with top-level players and coaches. This past season was no different as the team once again fought their way to another trip to the state tournament in Columbus after finishing second to Jackson County (the eventual state champs) in the region tournament.
It was no surprise to Morgan County fans that when the AAA All-State teams were announced that the Lady Dogs placed five players on that. The accolades keep coming.
The five players included:
Sarah Couch-First team
Ansley Dean-First team
Alisha Ellis-Second team
Alissa Webb-Second team
rable mention all-state
Unfortunately for next year’s squad, four of the five will be lost to graduation with only Webb returning to her shortstop position. There will be some big shoes to fill next year for second-year head coach Jason McBay.
Let’s take a look at each one of these girls’ highlights for the season
Sarah Couch-Leadoff hitter, centerfielder, Georgia College and State University signee, batting average for season of .520, on base percentage of .582, 70 stolen bases, 65 RBI’s, a gem in the outfield with only one error all year.
Sarah said, “It’s an honor to represent my team and the state. Thank you to my team and coaches for pushing me to be the player I am today.”
Ansley Dean-Workhorse in the circle, pitched 35 games and 219 innings, record of 25-9, 129 strikeouts/53 walks, ERA of 2.40. Also hit .360 for the season.
Her comments were, “Being named all-state means the world to me. It shows how much my hard work has paid off.”
Alisha Ellis-Outfielder and middle infielder, hit .377 for the season and had a .429 on base percentage, 36 stolen bases, 59 RBI’s.
Alisha said, “I’m thankful to all my friends and family who helped me achieve all-state. It’s a great honor to represent the Morgan County softball team.”
Alissa Webb-Shortstop, sophomore, batting average of 0.454 in regular season and .609 in eight playoff/state games, 42 stolen bases, and 76 RBI’s.
She told us, “I give all the credit to my teammates and coaches. I couldn’t have received this award without them.”
Elizabeth (Liz) Couch-Third base, batting average of 0.360, on base percentage of 0.445, 37 stolen bases and 62 RBI’s, nine doubles and four homeruns.
She commented, “Being able to comeback from a catastrophic injury (car wreck that broke both her legs) was already my goal for softball. Some said I might not play softball or even walk again. Receiving this recognition is a reminder going forward that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I’d like to thank all my coaches for pushing me at every practice to be my best.”
Another exciting season will be here soon and offseason practices will begin soon for this storied program. We’ll have to wait and see what next season brings us. You can bet it will be another quality product that hits the diamond. It seems they just reload and bring their best each year.