White Knoll enjoyed yet another highly successful softball season, winning 27 of 32 games, winning the Region 5-4A championship and securing a district championship in postseason play.
It was the seventh region title for the Timberwolves in the program’s 10-year history and the fifth district triumph. The only problem was a disappointing 0-2 showing in the Lower State tournament that denied White Knoll a bid to reach the state championship series for the first time.
“We didn't finish up the way we would have liked to,” said T-wolves coach Joey Lawson.
“In the Lower State series we didn't make the plays on defense when we needed to and we didn't get the big hits when we had opportunities to do some damage. But we still had an outstanding season.”
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White Knoll should be strong again in 2011, even though four key senior regulars are graduating – CAWS all-state picks Codee Yeske and Brittney Williamson, catcher Maddie Sharpe and designated hitter Nicole Stancil.
“We expect to have a good group next year,” said Lawson.
“We have a lot of talent and experience returning. We expect to compete for the region again and then to make a strong run in the playoffs. A lot will depend on how the girls work in the off-season and how they gel once the season begins.”
Replacing shortstop Yeske, center fielder Williamson and Sharpe will be the big challenge.
Yeske retires with 10 career school records, including the most hits, runs scored, doubles, home runs and RBIs in program annals. She also hold several single-season and single-game records. Yeske hit .519 and set single-season records with 51 runs, 56 hits, 15 doubles, 23 walks and eight home runs in his final prep campaign.
Williams, a stellar defender with just three errors in her career resume, batted .416 with 47 runs, 47 hits, 30 RBIs and 25 steals in her senior season.
Sharpe, who transferred in from Swansea, hit .418 and slugged six homers in her one season at WK, and set a new school single-season record with 41 RBIs.
Stancil hit .284 with 18 runs and 11 RBIs.
Yeske, Williamson and Sharpe earned all-region recognition, along with underclassmen Kaylin White, Meagan Helms and Savannah Terrapin. White and Terrapin took care of the pitching chores in 2010. White went 16-3 with a 0.89 R, while Terrapin was 11-2 with a 1.44 ERA. Helms, who will be the fulltime catcher next spring after sharing duty with Sharpe, it .293 with 24 RBIs and 16 runs.
The other returning starters include
Lydia Trexler (.354, 24 R, 15 RBI) at third base, Hannah Holbrook (.271, 13 R, 13 RBI) at second base, Jenna Williams (.265, 13 R) in the middle infield, and outfielders Sabrina McCray (.469, 19 R), Kali Bishop and Nikki Merck (.413, 19 R).