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Dallas County, Morgan Academy have top softball talent

This past softball season, girls from Dallas County High School and Morgan Academy represented as the top players in the county.

Players were nominated by local coaches based on their performance throughout the season, and five young ladies were determined to be the best players this season.

The Dallas County Lady Hornets had the most impactful players this season with three selections.

Keyondra Fletcher, Morgan Krumnow and Dajah Thrash put together impressive numbers and helped their team advance to the regional tournament.

Fletcher batted leadoff for the Lady Hornets and played shortstop. She posted a .523 batting average with four doubles, three triples, two homeruns, 24 scored runs and 20 steals.

Krumnow played catcher for the Lady Hornets and was the team’s leading hitter. She batted .526 with three doubles and a homerun this past season.

Krumnow caught for all of the Lady Hornets’ pitchers and was a consistent player behind the plate. She often stepped to the plate with runners in scoring position and delivered key hits to bring them in.

Thrash was an impact player on the mound and at the plate for Dallas County. As a pitcher, she finished the season with a 7-2 record and two no decisions. She allowed 35 hits, 26 earned runs, 51 walks and had 64 strikeouts. In her 27 plate appearances during the season, Thrash hit .556 with three doubles.

The Lady Hornets finished the season as area tournament runner-ups, and lost in the regional tournament in Troy.

Ashley Horton and Ansley Smitherman represented Morgan Academy as two of the top softball players in the area.

Horton, a senior who played pitcher, catcher and third base racked up the hits in her final seasons with the Lady Senators. She batted .373 with an .357 On Base Percentage (OBP), while collecting 22 singles, three doubles and three home runs. Her fielding percentage for the season was .867.

After a strong season, Horton chose to continue her education and softball career at Judson College.

Smitherman, who pitches, plays first and third base, had an impressive season as a sophomore. After rebounding from shoulder surgery in July 2017, Smitherman pitched 71 innings and struck out 64 hitters. At the plate, she hit .386 with an OBP of .511. Eight of her 27 hits were doubles.

Smitherman was the lone player to be nominated by more than one coach from the area.

Selma High’s Mariah Davis was an honorable mentions for her contribution for the Lady Saints this past season.