Red Devilette softball squad showed promise in 2021 campaign

Mark Martin

They lost to the team who eventually won it all.

And Cindy Carmichael knows that is something to build upon moving forward with Ravenswood Red Devilette girls softball.

Her team finished the year at 15-16. Ravenswood’s two losses in sectional play, which closed the season, came against Wahama.

The Lady White Falcons registered a perfect 27-0 record, culminating with the Class A state championship last month.

“While we didn’t finish the season how we wanted to, I’m still really proud of that group,” said head coach Cindy Carmichael. “They were fighters and never gave up until the last out was made.

Former Ravenswood Red Devilette Cindy Carmichael is the head coach for the Ravenswood girls softball program.

“Each one of them was a supportive teammate as well, and you can never praise that enough.”

Hattie Kennedy represented the program as a Class A First Team All-State selection.

Kennedy, a sophomore, batted .594 this season with 13 doubles and four triples. She drove home 15 runners in 2021.

Sophomore Emily Curtis, who earned Class A All-State Honorable Mention, hit .429. Curtis had seven doubles, two triples and brought home 17 runners.

Freshman Emily Wratchford turned in a final average of .379. She had five doubles and 16 runs batted in.

Brooke Meadows finished with a .333 average and had 10 runs batted in. Meadows, a freshman, drilled two triples during the season.

Senior Taylor Tribett had 14 RBIs. She hit .329 and had a pair of doubles.

Libby Hall, a junior, also had two doubles this season. She finished with a .308 average and was responsible for bringing nine base runners across the plate.

Junior Braylin Tabor and sophomore Rikki Hatcher each hit .306 this year. Tabor had four doubles and 20 RBIs while Hatcher collected three doubles and drove home 13 runs.

Senior Taylor Heath hit .273. She had seven runs batted in and banged out two doubles.

Carlee Hupp, junior, also delivered two doubles during the season and drove home 11 runs. She finished with a .260 batting average.

Senior Jamie Naylor hit .250 with 11 runs batted in. She laced four doubles during the year.

Reaygan Tribett, a sophomore, also hit .250 and plated three runners.

Blake Thompson, a junior, hit .216 with a double and seven RBIs.

Freshman Jewelanna Fowler played in 12 games this season and scored nine runs. Olivia Long, a sophomore, had a double and scored three runs while seeing action in nine games. Senior Gracie Yeager saw varsity action in one game.

Naylor pitched 114 innings this season and picked up seven wins. She struck out 51 batters.

Hatcher had 19 strike outs and recorded a 5-1 record.

Reaygan Tribett finished 3-3 in the circle while striking out 28.

Carmichael is excited about what is ahead for Devilette softball.

“They got better as the season went along because each player worked on individual weaknesses,” she said. “And they got some valuable experience that will help us out next year too.”