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All-Midstate softball team


1:00 AM, Jun. 11, 2013 EDT

Junior Makenzie Prince pitched Smyrna to the Class AAA title for the Lady Bulldogs' first state championship. / John A. Gillis/GANNETT TENNESSEE

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

MAKENZIE PRINCE

Pitcher

Smyrna, Jr.

Why chosen: Posted a 37-6 record with a 0.83 ERA and 370 strikeouts over 24513 innings -- earning District 7-AAA pitcher of the year honors -- while hitting .403 with five home runs, 18 total extra-base hits, 31 RBIs, 34 runs and 14 stolen bases. With Prince leading the way, Smyrna set a school single-season record for wins, finishing 40-10 and winning the Class AAA championship.

Quote: "I've never had a team willing to put so much work and time into it the way we did. To do what we did as a team was great. We made every single goal we had, and winning state is the biggest goal any team can dream of. I like to help my team out as much as I can. I work as hard as I can and give my all and hopefully it pays off. I set the mood for the game, and to know my teammates have my back -- I love it. I wouldn't trade it for the world."

College plans: Prince has been in contact with MTSU, Trevecca, Lipscomb, Alabama-Huntsville and UT-Martin.

Family: Dad Greg, mom Laura, sisters Kelsi (22) and twin Malorie (17), dogs T-Roy, Jasper, Oreo and Homer.

What's on your iPod?: "Country. Nobody in particular."

Best high school sports moment: "Winning state, definitely. Getting the last out (against Dickson County). And the game against Clarksville in the quarterfinals, when Malorie had the double to drive in the winning run."

Favorite athlete: Kelsi Dunne, former Alabama standout and two-time SEC pitcher of the year.

Favorite food: Frosted Flakes.

Least favorite part of practice: "Conditioning. I can run for awhile, but it's still not my favorite thing to do."

On Twitter: @MakenziePrince

Athletic background: "I did competition cheerleading in eighth grade and my freshman year, but I had to quit because I had a stress fracture in my back. I had to wear a back brace. It's tough to cheer with a back brace."

Summer plans: "I'm going to play ball and hopefully get recruited."

FIRST TEAM

LIBBY SUGG

C, Franklin, So.

Why chosen: Hit .512 with 10 home runs and 46 RBIs, hitting .583 with runners in scoring position as the Lady Rebels reached the Region 6-AAA tournanemt.

PAIGE BYRAM

INF, Riverdale, Sr.

Why chosen: Lady Warriors' top power source batted .427 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs, helping her team to the Class AAA tournament.

MIMI CARTWRIGHT

INF, Goodpasture, Sr.

Why chosen: Lipscomb signee led Lady Cougars to yet another Class AA finals berth, hitting .574 with four home runs, 38 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.

PAYTON GROVE

INF, Dickson Co., So.

Why chosen: Grove hit .414 with three home runs, 20 extra-base hits, 39 RBIs,

43 runs and 22 stolen bases in 23 attempts.

CARIONA HASSELL

INF, Goodpasture, Jr.

Why chosen: Hassell hit .495 with eight home runs, 37 RBIs and eight stolen bases while playing stellar defense during the Lady Cougars' Class AA runner-up finish.

SHERIDAN ALLEN

OF, Beech, Jr.

Why chosen: Batted .407 and stole 30 bases from the No. 2 spot in the order, scoring 35 runs and earning All-District 9-AAA honors.

HALEY BARNETTE

OF, Ravenwood, So.

Why chosen: Barnette batted .374 while leading the District 11-AAA power Lady Raptors with six home runs and 31 RBIs.

BRITTANY EDMONDSON

OF, Ezell-Harding, So.

Why chosen: Edmondson, already committed to Tennessee, hit .610 for the DII-A champs with three homers, 19 extra-base hits, 31 RBIs and 56 runs.

HEATHER NORRIS

UTIL, Clarksville, Jr.

Why chosen: Led Lady Wildcats to a third-place Class AAA finish, going 30-7 with an 0.82 ERA and 347 strikeouts while hitting .383 with seven homers and 45 RBIs.

SECOND TEAM

P: Christiana Gable, Ezell-Harding, Sr.

C: Taylor Parker, Richland, Jr.

INF: Cori Jennings, Gordonsville, Jr.

INF: Courtney Miles, Greenbrier, Fr.

INF: Lauren Stavinoga, Wilson Central, Sr.

INF: Megan Winningham, Cookeville, Sr.

OF: Tiffany Cathey, Overton, Sr.

OF: Taylor Ferguson, Lincoln Co., Jr.

OF: Makray Odom, Dickson Co., Fr.

UTIL: Ashton Edwards, Richland, Jr.

RECENT PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

2012: Alex Banks, P, Beech

2011: Rachel Albritton, P, Riverdale

2010: Kat Banks, P, Beech

2009: Kelsey Cartwright, INF, Goodpasture

2008: Devon Schmidt, P, Goodpasture

COACH OF THE YEAR

DON FREUDENTHAL

Why chosen: Three years removed from the program's most recent state tournament appearance and a dozen seasons after a run of 12 championships over 14 years, Freudenthal guided Ezell-Harding to the Division II-A title. The Lady Eagles (33-10) won their last 11 and finished with a 4-1 win over University School of Jackson. In sharp contrast to the traditional Freudenthal teams that dominated the state from 1987-2001, this year's edition was more offense oriented.

Quote: "After our trip to Davidson when we lost 1-0 (on April 24) -- that was our last loss. We came together defensively, we started crushing the ball and (pitcher) Christiana (Gable) was lights out. I think we became seasoned veterans even though we're a fairly young ballclub. We played in a lot of tough tournaments, and I think that made us mentally tougher. If we practiced 2½ hours, they'd stay and work 30 minutes to an hour longer on their own."

 

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