"We always know that we've got to stay focused. Sometimes we don't do that, and it leads to errors," she said. "When it happens, we're able to bring ourselves back together and keep in mind that we win as a team, and we lose as a team."
The 2012 Kanawha Valley Player of the Year, South Charleston senior pitcher Alli Burdette, makes a return to the All-Kanawha Valley team after a season in which she finished 19-8 with 326 strikeouts and a 0.91 ERA. According to www.maxpreps.com, Burdette ranks sixth in the nation in strikeouts among reporting schools.
The All-Kanawha Valley pitching staff is the same as it was a year ago. Burdette is joined at the position by St. Albans senior Ali Haynes and Herbert Hoover sophomore Allison Rager.
Haynes finishes her career as the only four-time member of the All-KV team among the Class of 2013. The West Virginia State recruit went 27-5 with 166 strikeouts and a 1.25 ERA. As St. Albans' leadoff hitter, she batted .442 with five homers, a Kanawha Valley-leading 18 doubles and 44 RBI.
Her 27 wins were a state high in 2013. She ends her career as Kanawha County's all-time pitching wins leader among Class AAA teams, with 76 victories.
Rager was 17-4 with 162 strikeouts and a 0.98 ERA, leading Hoover to the No. 1 spot in the Class AA poll through much of the regular season. Hoover teammate Mikayla Craze, a junior outfielder, made the team after hitting .495.
Reynolds, who hit .472 with six homers and 44 RBI, was not the only catcher to make the list. St. Albans senior Mariah Caudill returned to the team after hitting .442 with a Kanawha Valley-best seven triples, four homers and 55 RBI.
The remainder of the infield includes Sissonville freshman Alexee Haynes - the Kanawha Valley Rookie of the Year - as well as George Washington senior Rachel Ward (.469) and St. Albans junior Madi Marshall (.458).
Joining Craze and Fullen in the outfield is Buffalo junior Katie Higginbotham, who is hitting .480 with an area-best 27 stolen bases as the Bison's leadoff hitter. Her teammate Chelsey Parkins was named as a utility player. A junior and former Rookie of the Year, Parkins is 14-1 with 157 strikeouts and leads the area with both a .553 batting average and 0.88 ERA.
Buffalo (31-4) enters today's Class A State Tournament in search of its third consecutive state title. The Bison face Wheeling Central at 9:45 a.m.
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