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2023 10th Region Softball Preview and Rankings

Rankings are based on 2022 season statistics and coaches’ votes before the season started. Top pitchers and hitters are listed at the bottom in no particular order.

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1. Harrison County

The Fillies return as the defending 10th Region Champions, and they bring back almost all their starters.  Their starting pitcher, Bella Persinger, is now a freshman.  She threw more innings than any other pitcher in the region last year as an eighth-grader.  Persinger threw 219.2 innings with 225 strikeouts and a 1.85 ERA.  The Fillies’ backup pitcher is freshman Shyanne Ross.  She threw 45.2 innings, striking out 57 with a 2.61 ERA.

Savannah White, now a junior, is the biggest return at the plate with 44 hits and a .358 average.  She also had 8 homeruns.  Bella Persinger followed with 43 hits, and eighth-grader Emma Hamm had 39 hits.  Senior Julie Persinger led the team defensively at shortstop and also tallied 39 hits. 

Harrison County will have a target on their back.  They came into the region tournament as runner-up after losing to Pendleton County 1-0 in eight innings in the district.  They drew Montgomery County in the first round and beat them 7-6 before beating Pendleton County in the region finals 4-3. 

2. Pendleton County

Pendleton County came up just short of their third straight 10th Region Championship since 2019.  The young group that won those titles are now more experienced upperclassmen. 

They are led by the best two-way player in the region, senior Kayley Bruner.  In the circle, she threw 139.9 innings with a 1.70 ERA and struck out 211.  At the plate, she had 29 hits and 21 RBIs. 

Their leadoff batter is sophomore Logan Cooper.  Cooper led the team with 38 hits last year with a .384 BA.  Sophomore Madison Verst had 30 hits for a .357 average.

The Lady Cats will be right there with Harrison County again.  Last season, their games with the Fillies were all decided by one run. 

3. Montgomery County

The Lady Indians had the best win percentage in the region last year, going 30-5.  They lost in the region opener 7-6 to Harrison County.

They return junior catcher Reaghan Oney, who is committed to play softball at Marshall.  Oney had 52 hits last year ith a .456 BA.  She led the region in homeruns with 9.  Madison Cox returns after an outstanding sophomore year as well.  Now a junior, Cox led the team and the region with 55 hits.  She also had 5 homeruns for a .474 BA.  Senior Emily Zink had 46 hits last year and .400 BA. 

Senior Hallie Conley threw 121.2 innings last year with 163 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.36.

4. George Rogers Clark

The Lady Cardinals had a 15-13 record last year, losing to Montgomery County in the district finals.  They beat Campbell County in the first round of the region tournament after ten innings before losing to Pendleton County in the semifinals.

They return now eighth-grader Lilliana Hill, who leads the team in hitting and pitching.  In the circle, she threw 31.1 innings with 47 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.79.  At the plate, she had 33 hits and .440 BA.  She also had 3 homeruns.

5. Campbell County

Senior Paige Stewart had a .506 BA with 42 hits last season.  Following is sophomore Moriah Price, who had 29 hits with a .446 BA.

Paige Stewart will also be their starting pitcher.  She threw 66.2 innings last year.  Alex Leicht threw 63.1 innings.  

6. Bishop Brossart

Bishop Brossart will have a senior-laden team this season.

Their starting pitcher will be Morgan Kramer, who threw 149.0 innings last year.  At the plate, they are led by senior Brooke Shewmaker.  She had 52 hits last season, second most in the region, with a .565 BA.  Savannah Seiter had 32 hits, along with a .402 BA.  She is also a senior. 

7. Bracken County

The Lady Bears are led by pitcher Ella Johnson.  As a freshman, she threw 169.0 innings with 315 strikeouts, the most in the region, and a 1.66 ERA.  At the plate, they are led by Whitney Lippert, who had 44 hits and 2 homeruns last season. 

Bracken County won the 39th district championship and beat Bishop Brossart in the first round of the region before losing to Harrison County. 

8. Bourbon County

The Lady Colonels’ starting pitcher will be sophomore Emma Dahlstorm.  She threw 144.2 innings with 91 strikeouts and a 6.15 ERA.  At the plate, she had 24 hits.  Last season, Caylie Baker and Miranda Sexton both led the team with 26 hits.  

9. Scott

The Lady Eagles will be led at the plate by Ivy Cochran.  She had 47 hits last year with a .511 BA. Emerson Morman had 33 hits.  Their starting pitcher will be Emma Scribner, who threw 101.1 innings last year with 124 strikeouts. 

10. Nicholas County

The Lady Jackets return their two hitters from last year.  Leia Hurst had 37 hits and Amberlee Hedges had 27 hits.  Their starting pitcher Reese Johnson threw 141.1 innings with 100 Ks. 

11. Mason County

The young Lady Royals return their best hitter with 55 hits and .561 BA, Kenzie Gulley.  They also return Stevie Foley with 27 hits and Reese Hardeman with 26 hits.  They also return their two pitchers, Delana Rigg and Marcella Gifford, who both threw about 70 innings.  

12. Paris

Kay Oliver returns after having 28 hits last year.  The Lady Hounds also return pitcher Kendall Baldwin who threw 122.0 innings with 82 strikeouts. 

13. Calvary Christian

Oreanna Donaldson had 48 hits last year with a .585 BA, the highest in the region.  She also threw 138.1 innings with 154 strikeouts. 

14. St. Patrick

Makenna Rousch returns after leading the team with 28 hits.  She was also the starting pitcher with 91.0 innings, 99 strikeouts, and a 2.62 ERA.

15. Augusta

Laci Tackett led the Lady Panthers with 21 hits.  Reagan Tackett threw 36.1 innings with 45 Ks. 

16. Robertson County

Haley Flack had 12 hits last year at the plate.  In the circle, she threw 40.1 innings with 75 strikeouts. 

Top Hitters

Savannah White – Harrison County – Jr.
Bella Persinger – Harrison County – Fr.
Emma Hamm – Harrison County – Fr.
Reaghan Oney – Montgomery County – Sr.
Madison Cox – Montgomery County 
Emily Zink – Montgomery County – Sr.
Logan Cooper – Pendleton County – Fr.
Maddie Musk – Pendleton County – Sr.
Kayley Bruner – Pendleton County – Sr.
Brooke Shewmaker – Bishop Brossart – Sr.
Paige Stewart – Campbell County – Sr.

Top Pitchers

Kayley Bruner – Pendleton County – Sr.
Bella Persinger – Harrison County – Fr.
Hallie Conley – Montgomery County – Sr.
Ella Johnson – Bracken County – Jr.
Lilliana Hill – George Rogers Clark – 8th

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