After moving past regular Region VII-AAA softball powerhouses St. James and Georgetown to win the region title, Socastee was an expected recipient of the division's top two individual awards Tuesday.
The All-Region VII-AAA team was officially released, and senior Blake Smith was named the region player of the year, while Braves head coach Steve Hodge was named the region coach of the year. Smith batted .475 in the team's 10 region games and .400 overall.
From her spot in center field, she committed only one error all season. Since seventh grade, she's also started at third base, short stop and pitched. For Hodge, it was another honor for him after winning his 100th career game as the team's head coach last week against Wilson.
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St. James led the six-team region with four first-team selections. The Sharks placed pitcher Casey Betts, third baseman Hannah Price, outfielder Morgan Marlow and utility player Rebecca Prosser on that squad.
Socastee edged out St. James for the region title with a last-at-bat victory last Friday night. The win earned the Braves a No. 1 seed for the Class AAA playoffs, which begin Friday. St. James will also be at home, while Georgetown and Myrtle Beach will head on the road to open the double-elimination district playoff tournaments.
ALL-REGION VII-AAA TEAMS
1st Team All Region Position Player High School P Casey Betts St. James P Angel Hatzidakis Myrtle Beach C Megan Strickland Georgetown 1 Madison Lowe Socastee 2 Crystyn Neely Georgetown 3 Hannah Price St. James SS Kellie Howard Georgetown OF Cameron Crutchfield Myrtle Beach OF Morgan Marlow St. James OF Julia Cole N. Myrtle Beach Utility Rebecca Prosser St. James 2nd Team All Region Position Player High School P KibibiThorsen Socastee P Taylor Hansis N. Myrtle Beach C Quin Gammon Socastee 1 Taylor Mercer Georgetown 2 Savannah Talley Socastee 3 Kelsey Fulton Georgetown SS Kristina Mendola Myrtle Beach OF Rebecah Oakley Socastee OF Blakely Graham Georgetown OF Kelsi Bachman St. James Utility Makala Gore N. Myrtle Beach Honorable Mention (no positions listed) Player High School Sierrah McCarthy Socastee Taylor Fitzmaurice Socastee Taylor Graham Georgetown Jackie Gray Georgetown Hayley Reigel St. James Noel Cassidy St. James Morgan Compton Myrtle Beach McKenzie Coble Myrtle Beach Chey Roberts N. Myrtle Beach Noel Mishler N. Myrtle Beach Caroline Clark Wilson Courtney Hayes Wilson