PREBLE COUNTY — Eaton’s softball team landed a program-best and league-high eight players on the All-Southwestern Buckeye League team for their efforts this past spring.
The Eagles — which won a school-record 21 games, a sectional championship and reached the district final for the third straight year — had three players earn first-team honors, three players earn second-team accolades and two players earn honorable mention in the Southwestern Division.
Eaton (21-4, 9-3 SWBL) finished tied with Brookville for second in the division behind champion Monroe.
Earning first-team honors for the third straight year were senior pitcher Annika Gels and senior catcher Becca Mowen, while senior outfielder Emily Dungan was named to the first-team for the first time in her career.
Second-team honors went to sophomore outfielder Lexi Miller, junior outfielder Bailey Shepherd and junior third baseman Rilee Worley. Miller was also a second-team pick last season.
Junior shortstop Ashley Earley and senior first baseman Alysa Sorrell were honorable mention selections.
Brookville coach Bob Lenser was named Coach of the Year. Monroe junior Alyssa Wagner earned Pitcher of the Year and Bellbrook junior Kaley Clark was selected as the Player of the Year.
Other first-team honors went to Jessica Brown (Brookville), Kristin Earles (Franklin), Madison Hamiel (Brookville), Randi Holder (Bellbrook), Chloe Miller (Franklin), and Sam Ross (Monroe).
Also earning second-team honors were Erin Dyke (Monroe), Madison Earles (Franklin), Makayla Eversole (Valley View), Kristin Gardner (Brookville), Ashley Lenser (Brookville), Makenzi Moore (Monroe), Sam Schwab (Monroe), and Casey Zepernick (Oakwood).
Lexi Brewer (Valley View), Emma Burton (Brookville), Simone Fares (Valley View), Maddie Grace (Monroe), Lauren Jacomet (Oakwood), Kendal Knisley (Bellbrook), Kylie Neff (Oakwood), Kaitlyn Redinger (Brookville), Brianna Rose (Monroe), Samantha Seubert (Bellbrook), Brooke Stover (Franklin) and Katy Trevino (Franklin) earned honorable mention.
In the Buckeye Division, Preble Shawnee had four players earn all-league honors.
Senior Jenna Lovely was the lone Arrow to earn first-team honors. Lovely ended her career as a three-time first-team selection. Sophomore Catie Kraft was a second-team pick, while senior Bailey Downard and sophomore Taylor Murray were honorable mention selections.
Shawnee finished the year 8-14 overall and 6-6 in the Buckeye Division, which was good for fourth place. Madison was the division champion with a perfect 12-0 mark, while Milton-Union and Carlisle tied for second with 9-3 records.
Middletown Madison’s Dean Howard was named the Buckeye Division Coach of the Year. Taylor Johnson of Madison was selected as the Pitcher of the Year and Dixie’s McKinlee Ruppert was named the Player of the Year.
Other first-team picks were Regan Dorman (Madison), Ally King (Madison), Bailey Naylor (Carlisle), Bree Nevels (Milton-Union), Jenna O’Hair (Madison), Courtney Seevers (Milton-Union), Caitlyn Stewert (Carlisle), Ashtyn Stiles (Waynesville) and Kya Swartztrauber (Milton-Union).
Second-team selections were Lilly Dennis (Madison), Annika Hutchinson (Milton-Union), Madison Jones (Milton-Union), Jaden Lawrenz (Waynesville), Kaylee Lawson (Carlisle), Jade Long (Dixie), Sidney Morris (Carlisle), Lizzie Oaks (Milton-Union), Erin Ridinger (Carlisle) and Naomi Silvey (Northridge).
Honorable mention honors went to Olivia Brown (Milton-Union), Sydney Creamer (Dixie), Abby Goodpaster (Carlisle), Kenna Harvey (Waynesville), Hannah Howard (Dixie), Taylor Johnson (Madison), Kianna Landford (Northridge), Ashley Lukens (Waynesville), Jillian McIntosh (Carlisle), Mackenzie New (Madison), Audrey Smith (Milton-Union) and Paige Williams (Northridge).
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH