Ravenswood’s Kennedy and Curtis earn All-LKC softball honors

Mark Martin

The 2021 All-Little Kanawha Conference Girls Softball Team features two members from Cindy Carmichael’s latest edition of Ravenswood Red Devilettes.

Emily Curtis, a sophomore, was chosen as an infielder while fellow 10th-grader Hattie Jo Kennedy occupies one of the outfield positions.

Kennedy, who was also a Class A First Team All-State pick, led the Devilettes in hitting with a whopping .607 batting average. Her season included 14 RBIs. She laced 12 doubles and four triples during the 2021 campaign.

Curtis, who also earned Class A Honorable Mention All-State, finished the season with a .423 batting average.

Along the way she drilled seven doubles and two triples. Curtis drove home 14 runs and stole 15 bases.

Leading the way on the All-LKC First Team was Wahama sophomore Mikie Lieving, who helped lead the Lady White Falcons to a perfect 27-0 season and the Class A state championship. The title was claimed in what was Wahama’s first-ever trip to the state tournament.

Lieving was named the league’s Player of the Year for her phenomenal performance game after game.

She pitched every single inning (138) for the White Falcons. Lieving struck out 203 batters while compiling a 0.66 ERA.

At the plate, she batted .613 with four home runs, nine doubles and three triples. She was responsible for bringing home 19 runs with her bat.

Lieving is the great niece of Ripley’s Judy Lieving, who spent several years as an assistant coach with the Lady Viking girls softball program. Judy Lieving coached in three state tournaments while working with Ripley girls softball.

The First Team also included pitchers Chloe Elliott of state runner-up Ritchie County and Maddy Richards of Wirt County.

The catchers were Wahama’s Amber Wofe and Olivia Deweese of St. Marys.

Besides Curtis, the infield features Briann Templeton of Tyler Consolidated, Lauren Noble of Wahama, Allie Mace of Roane County, who was the 2019 LKC Player of the Year, and Gilmer’s Taylor McHenry.

Kennedy is joined in the outfield by Leah Loudin of Tyler Consolidated, Katie Gaughan of Roane County and Braxton County’s Breann Baultrippe.

The utility player is Marissa Jeffrey of Ritchie County.

The All-LKC Second Team included Ravenswood outfielder Emily Wratchford, a freshman.

Juniors Libby Hall and Braylin Tabor earned Honorable Mention.