Ripley trio honored in Class AAA All-State softball balloting

Mark Martin

Two seniors and a sophomore earned Class AAA Second Team All-State honors in girls softball last week.

The balloting, done by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association, had Lady Viking pitcher Chloe Shinn, catcher Grace Walsh and infielder Cassidy Cummings helping to make up the Second Team.

Shinn, a senior, was recognized as the Second Team captain.

She posted a 19-3 record in her final season wearing a Ripley uniform. Shinn pitched 130 innings, striking out 111 batters. She had a 2.69 ERA.

In limited trips to the plate, Shinn had six hits and brought home three runs.

Walsh, also a senior, banged out 32 hits while driving home 23 runs. She blasted five home runs in her senior season, collected seven doubles and laced a pair of triples. Walsh finished with a .333 batting average.

She had a slugging percentage of .604.

She was 15-for-15 in stolen base attempts. She finished with an on-base percentage of .411.

Cummings, a promising sophomore, had a batting average of .417. Her season included 40 hits and 35 RBI.

Cummings had five home runs and six doubles and finished with a slugging percentage of .635.

She had an on-base percentage of .486. Cummings stole three bases in as many attempts in 2021.

Heading up the Class AAA First Team unit was St. Albans sophomore pitcher Tayven Stephenson, who has committed to the University of Kentucky.

The pitching staff also featured teammate Kendall Stoffel, a senior and the granddaughter of former Ripley Viking head football and head wrestling coach Steve Stoffel Sr.

Maddy Ruffner, a sophomore from Washington, and Autumn Stemple, a junior from University, round out the First Team hurlers.

The infield consists of Cabell Midland senior Rielly Lucas, junior Alivia Meeks of Hurricane, Parkersburg South senior Paige Adams, Lincoln County sophomore Haleigh Adkins and Washington junior Brittany Cenate.

Taylor Graham, a senior from Greenbrier East, and junior Jenna Christopher of Spring Valley, are the outfielders.

Parkersburg’s Emily Allen, a senior bound for North Carolina State, St. Albans senior Jillian Holley and Cabell Midland senior Olivia Pelfrey are the catchers.

The utility players are Kadence Pettit of John Marshall, a sophomore, Lincoln County freshman Josie Bird, Buckhannon-Upshur junior Shelby McDaniels and Cabell Midland junior Jessica Terry.

Besides Shinn, other Second Team pitchers are Hope Sizemore, a sophomore from South Charleston, Ana Jimenez, a junior from GW, and Gracie Haines of Morgantown, a senior.

Infielders joining Cummings are Emma Pauley, a junior from Riverside, Alaina Wilson, a senior from Capital, Parkersburg South junior Kassidy Trimble and Buckhannon-Upshur junior Robin Ball.

Outfielders are Caelin Marcum, a junior from Huntington, Hallie Dinklocker, a junior from South Charleston, and Bailey Gilbert of St. Albans, a senior.

The utility players are Breonna Marietta, a junior from Morgantown, Cabell Midland junior Jenna Dorsey, Genevieve Potter, a senior from South Charleston, Gracie Payne, a senior from St. Ablans, and Tessa Wise, a senior from John Marshall.