South Forsyth third baseman Meghan Rud and North Forsyth pitcher Andrea Coleman highlight the 2011 All-Forsyth County softball team.
The head softball coaches from Forsyth County’s five public high schools named Rud the county player of the year and gave two-way star Coleman pitcher of the year honors.
Seven of the 17 athletes selected batted over .400 this past fall, and four pitchers combined for an ERA of 2.29.
After helping North to its first Class AAAAA playoff series victory, five Raiders made the all-county roster, the most of any team.
Lambert had four players honored. South Forsyth and West Forsyth had three apiece, as each team finished a victory short of a state tournament appearance.
The future looks bright for county softball; only three of this year’s honorees are seniors. Two teams — South and Forsyth Central — had no seniors players this season.
Nine of the all-county softball players are repeat selections, indicated by an asterisk*.
North Forsyth (17-11, 9-3 Region 6-AAAAA)
*Lauren Shaw, C, senior: .493 batting average (37-for-75), 13 2B, 31 RBI, 24 R, 19 BB, .630 OBP
Earned Region 6-AAAAA player of the year honors, a three-time all-county selection, will play college softball at NAIA Auburn Montgomery (Ala.).
*Andrea Coleman, P, sophomore: 8-2 record, 68 IP, 2.75 ERA, 26 K; .416 batting (37-for-89), 26 RBI, 25 R, .557 OBP
Served as North’s ace on the mound, earned all-Region honors.
Shelby Johnson, LF, senior: .417 batting average (25-for-60), .551 OBP
Made numerous defensive plays in the outfield, provided an RBI and scored two runs in the Raiders’ two-game sweep of Cherokee in the first round of the state playoffs.
Sydney Turner, 3B, sophomore: .460 batting average (34-for-74), 21 RBI, 18 R, .575 OBP
A solid third baseman that also pitched well at times this season, hit a solo home run against then-No. 1 Brookwood in the state tournament’s second round, made all-Region 6-AAAAA team.
*Katie York, CF, junior: .349 batting average (30-for-86), 20 RBI, 27 R, .486 OBP
Impressed on defense in centerfield just as much as she did behind the plate, also a three-time all-county selection, one of a handful of returners that North will count on as it seeks a return to the state playoffs next season.
South Forsyth (12-17, 8-3 Region 7B-AAAA)
*Meghan Rud, 3B, sophomore: .439 batting average (43-for-98), 21 RBI, 34 R, .505 OBP, 30 SB
One of four Region 7-AAAA co-players of the year, broke her own school record for steals in a season and now holds South career record after just two years, hit two inside-the-park home runs.
Frankie Catinella, CF, junior: .333 batting average (24-for-72), .442 OBP, 15 SB
Another base path beneficiary of coach Ronnie Davis’ aggressive approach, earned all-Region 7-AAAA recognition.
*Kaylyn Young, P/1B, junior: .373 batting average (25-for-67), 17 RBI, .443 OBP
Named an all-Region 7-AAAA selection as a pitcher, emerged as South’s ace as season progressed.
West Forsyth (13-17, 5-7 Region 6-AAAAA)
Erica Davis, SS, sophomore: .355 batting average (27-for-76), 16 R, .363 OBP
A reliable shortstop for coach Justin Rickett, named to the all-Region 6-AAAAA squad.
*Maci Fletcher, P, junior: 6-8 record, 3.11 ERA, 54 K; 15 RBI, 21 R, 14 BB, .413 OBP, .525 SP
Pitched 90 innings while recording 59 at-bats, hit four home runs.
*Taylor Hach, 1B/DP, senior: .406 batting average (28-for-69), 19 RBI, 14 R
Led the team in hits and RBI, earned all-Region 6-AAAAA recognition.
Lambert (15-13, 5-5 Region 7B-AAAA)
Kassie Howard, P, sophomore: 3-2 record, 35 1/3 IP, .79 ER, 42 K
Credited with four saves, helped Lambert to its first winning season in school’s three-year history.
Savannah Huffstettler, 2B, freshman: .282 batting average (20-for-71), 19 R
One of two Lambert freshmen on the all-county squad, key part of a solid infield that features three all-county selections.
Macy Stovall, 3B/C/P, freshman: 6-5 record, 59 IP, 2.49 ERA, 25 K; .305 batting average (25-for-82), 21 RBI, 17 R
Perhaps the most versatile player in the county, started out at third and catcher then began pitching more during second half of season, an all-Region 7-AAAA selection.
*Megan Whitlach, SS, sophomore: .372 batting average (32-for-86), 21 RBI, 29 R
Named to the all-Region 7-AAAA team, ranked second among all-county players in runs scored.
Forsyth Central (3-22, 0-10 Region 7B-AAAA)
Jessica Dunn, C, junior: .303 batting average (23-for-76), 19
Emerged as a leader on a young team, named an all-Region 7-AAAA catcher.
*Rachel Karlan, SS, sophomore: .493 batting average (37-for-75), 21 R, .615 OBP
Posted the second-best on-base percentage among all-county selections, an all Region 7-AAAA selection.