Lady Blazers Sheffey, Rogers named players of year
By Chris Shields
After receiving multiple awards by several media outlets, the Lady Blazers snagged the majority and biggest conference honors to further ink their names in the school record books.
Two seniors, center fielder Natalie Sheffey and third baseman Andrea Rogers snagged the biggest awards of the season in being named Big 8 Co-Players of the Year.
Sheffey finished her senior campaign with a .494 batting average, a team best 19 homeruns and 90 RBIs. Rogers finished with a .394 batting average, 11 homeruns and 74 runs batted in.
Senior pitcher Kellie Waycaster earned Big 8 pitcher of the year after a strong senior season. She amassed 37 wins to just four losses while supporting a stellar 1.78 earned run average in 231 innings pitched. She finished with 151 strikeouts to just 43 walks.
Junior Kayla Sanders was awarded second team catcher. She finished with a .382 batting average behind seven homeruns and 60 RBIs. Senior first baseman Kayla Smith also snagged second team honors at her position batting in 22 RBIs and scoring 18 runs.
Senior shortstop Jessie Wheelock and senior right fielder Jennine Duncan each collected first team honors for their respective positions.
Wheelock put together a .361 average, swiped 16 bases and scored 65 runs for the Lady Blazers.
Duncan, hitting at the top of the Boone order finished top on the team in batting average, stolen bases and runs scored with a .500 average, an astronomical 59 stolen bases in just 62 attempts while scoring 77 runs.
Sophomore second baseman Hannah Montoya nabbed first team second baseman with a .375 batting average, three homeruns and 28 runs scored.
The Daniel Boone coaching staff led by head coach Rick Wagner earned staff of the year.
“It’s nice to be honored but we can’t do a whole lot without our players,” Wagner said. “We have been blessed with great softball players and a lot of our success is the result of that.”
The Lady Blazers six seniors Sheffey, Rogers, Waycaster, Duncan, Wheelock and Smith all collected conference honors and helped lead the Blazers to their best finish in school history.
Wagner acknowledges that the group was one of the most talented Boone has ever possessed.
“Five of our six seniors started since their freshman year and they will be missed,” Wagner said. “I would love to have them back but we have a bunch of good players returning next season. We’ll definitely keep in touch.”