2012 Softball All-Stars


(Photo by Dusty Compton )


 

Take a closer look at the top high school softball players in West Alabama for the 2012 season. The annual all-star team is headlined by Hillcrest's Callie Brister. The shortstop has signed to play at Samford University and pulled in a multitude of awards this season.

Picks by Andrew Carroll, Photos by Dusty Compton

 



Player of the Year

Callie Brister, Hillcrest, Sr., SS


Super All-State as chosen by the Alabama Sports Writers Association; Class 6A All-State shortstop; Class 6A Hitter of the Year; led Hillcrest to the Area 9 title and the first AHSAA Tournament berth since 2005; .532 batting average with 92 hits, 93 RBIs and 80 runs scored; had 22 doubles, two triples and 36 walks; hit five of her team-high 27 home runs in the state tournament in Montgomery; .616 on-base percentage; Samford University signee



Desiree Morrow, Hillcrest, So., OF

First-team All-State selection; ranked second on the team with 23 home runs; hit .424 with 75 hits, 95 RBIs and 60 runs scored; had 12 doubles, six triples and 23 walks; .498 on-base percentage



Chandler Dare, American Christian Academy, Jr., SS

First-team All-State Class 2A shortstop; hit .619 in leading ACA to a berth in the AHSAA Tournament in Montgomery; had 91 hits, 60 runs and 36 RBIs; recorded 11 triples, eight doubles and four home runs; stole 40 bases; .705 on-base percentage



Mandi Woodruff, Bibb County, Jr., P First-team All-State Class 4A pitcher; led Bibb County to the AHSAA Tournament in Montgomery; had 41 strikeouts in four tournament games; went 27-19 with a 2.33 ERA; finished with 471 strikeouts in 270 2/3 innings; averaged 12.2 strikeouts per seven innings; had 17 shutouts, five no-hitters and three perfect games



Madi Moore, Winfield, Fr., P/OF

Left-hander who was named a first-team All-State Class 3A pitcher; went 33-7 with a 0.51 ERA; struck out 361 batters in 221 innings; averaged 11.4 strikeouts per seven innings; had 16 shutouts, five no-hitters and one perfect game; threw a one-hit shutout against eventual state champion Saks in the North Central Regional; hit .404 with 27 RBIs, nine doubles and four triples



Katie Tucker, Marengo Academy, Jr., SS Most valuable player in the AISA Tournament as Marengo Academy won its third straight Class AA title; first-team All-State AISA shortstop; hit .475 with 54 RBIS, 48 hits and 40 runs; had 14 doubles, three triples and three homers; stole 24 bases and struck out twice in 101 at-bats; .609 on-base percentage



Laken Hancock, South Lamar, Sr., SS/P

First-team All-State Class 1A utility player; helped South Lamar reach the AHSAA Tournament in Montgomery; hit .402 with 74 his, 52 runs and 48 RBIs; had 16 doubles, six homers and two triples; stole 12 bases; had an 11-3 pitching record with a 0.43 ERA; struck out 110 batters in 80 2/3 innings; averaged 9.5 strikeouts per seven innings; threw two shutouts; signed with Wallace State Community College in Hanceville



Caemin Acker, Northridge, Sr., OF/P/1B

All-State Class 6A honorable mention utility player; set single-season school records for batting average (.462), hits (72), RBIs (47) and doubles (20); helped Northridge reach the North Central Regional; scored 39 runs and had three homers and two triples; .500 on-base percentage; 16-10 pitching record with one save and a 2.21 ERA; struck out 109 batters in 114 innings; averaged 6.7 strikeouts per seven innings; signed with Wallace State of Hanceville



Leah Pennington, Sipsey Valley, So., DP

First-team Class 3A designated hitter; .538 batting averaged with 17 doubles, four triples and three home runs; had 56 hits, 43 RBIs and 37 runs scored; struck out twice in 104 at-bats; .619 on-base percentage; helped Sipsey Valley reach the South Central Regional in Troy; hit the first home run in program history; hit the first home run in program history in the playoffs