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 RegionPosition Player High SchoolP Casey Betts St. JamesP Angel Hatzidakis Myrtle BeachC Megan Strickland Georgetown1 Madison Lowe Socastee2 Crystyn Neely Georgetown3 Hannah Price St. JamesSS Kellie Howard GeorgetownOF Cameron Crutchfield Myrtle BeachOF Morgan Marlow St. JamesOF Julia Cole N. Myrtle BeachUtility Rebecca Prosser St. James2nd Team All RegionPosition Player High SchoolP KibibiThorsen SocasteeP Taylor Hansis N. Myrtle BeachC Quin Gammon Socastee1 Taylor Mercer Georgetown2 Savannah Talley Socastee3 Kelsey Fulton GeorgetownSS Kristina Mendola Myrtle BeachOF Rebecah Oakley SocasteeOF Blakely Graham GeorgetownOF Kelsi Bachman St. JamesUtility Makala Gore N. Myrtle BeachHonorable 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