Hattie Jo Kennedy earns Class A First Team All-State status in girls softball

Mark Martin

It’s always great to have a First Team All-Stater representing your program.

And it certainly is exciting when the honored athlete will be around for two more years.

Ravenswood head girls softball coach Cindy Carmichael will have such a luxury with the return of Hattie Jo Kennedy for the seasons of 2022 and 2023.

Kennedy was selected to the First Team in this year's Class A All-State balloting. The voting process was done by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Kennedy, a sophomore, was chosen as one of three outfielders.

“I don’t think there is anyone more deserving,” Carmichael said. “She gives it her all day in and day out all year long.

“She’s always striving to get better and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. She’s also a selfless player and helps her team any way that she can.”

Kennedy hit an incredible .607 this season for the Devilettes.

She collected 27 hits, including 12 doubles and four triples. She drove home 14 runs and had a slugging percentage of .934.

Buffalo junior Abby Darnley, a catcher, was named captain of the First Team.

The pitching staff included sophomore Mikie Lieving of state champion Wahama. Lieving pitched every inning of all 27 games for Wahama, which finished with a perfect record.

Lieving is the great niece of former Ripley High girls softball assistant Judy Lieving.

Chloe Elliott, a senior from Ritchie County, and Man sophomore Morgan Cooper were the other pitchers selected.

The infield is made up of Petersburg senior Lauren Alt, Wheeling Central senior Jarika Baylor, junior Hailea Skeens of Sherman, Wahama junior Laurne Noble and sophomore Landry Bone of Madonna.

Joining Kennedy in the outfield are Remi Hinkle of Moorefield, a senior, and St. Marys freshman Zoey Winland.

The utility players are Maddy Richards, a senior from Wirt County, Emma Lopetrone, a senior from Midland Trail, Wahama sophomore Amber Wolfe, Petersburg senior Jenna Burgess and Casey Chrisman, a senior from Greenbrier West.

The Second Team captain was pitcher Chloe Treadway, a sophomore from Sherman.

Autumn Hall, a junior from Tug Valley, and Clay-Battelle senior Sydney Wilson round out the Second Team pitching staff.

The infield was made up of Olivia Dodd, a sophomore, and Alyvia Pittman, a junior, both from Ritchie County. Others are Katie Darnley, a junior from Buffalo, Aubrey McCoy, a freshman from Charleston Catholic, Mad Daughtry, a senior at Madonna, and Ashlee Tomblin, a junior from Man.

Outfielders are Kameron Beck, a sophomore from Williamstown, and Petersburg senior Madison Champ of Petersburg.

Sophomoe Sydney Sheets of Midland Trail is the catcher.

The utility players are Kymberly Minnich, a senior from Petersburg, Meghan Gill, a Midland Trail junior, Doddridge County sophomore Josalyn Lipscomb, Gilmer County junior Taylor McHenry, James Monroe senior Emily Canterbury and Tor Humphries, a senior from Moorefield.