Teams from the White Mountains were well represented in the Arizona InterscholasticAssociation’s 2019 All-Division 3A East region and all-state softball teams, which were selected by the division and region coaches following the spring season.
Blue Ridge head coach Chris Fraze was selected as the 3A East Coach of the Year.
Show Low sophomore Addie Clark was tabbed as Region Offensive Player of the Year. Winslow’s Jordyn Johnson was named region Defensive POY and Payson pitcher Raci Miranda was selected as 3A East Player of the Year.
Snowflake senior centerfielder Kaylee Thomas was the only area player and one of 13 from across Arizona to be selected to first team all-state, beyond the three players of the year — Division Player of the Year Danielle Kirchhofer of Tucson Sabino, Offensive POY Hailey Tanori of Sahuarita and Defensive POY Chloe Hibbard of Mohave Valley River Valley. Christine Stainer, who guided Sabino to the state championship, was selected as Division 3A Coach of the Year.
Snowflake’s Anna Berger, a sophomore pitcher/shortstop, Show Low’s Clark and senior pitcher Mazey Heath of Blue Ridge were named to the all-state second team.
In addition to Thomas, Berger and Heath, others from the White Mountains to be selected to the East Region First Team are Michelle Basinger of Blue Ridge and Show Low’s Harlie Hitchcock and Nicole Roten. Rounding out the first team are Holbrook’s Madison Chappell and Canela Queiruga, Winslow’s Justine Butterfield, Maycee Rae Cunningham and Chloe Wilcox, and Payson’s Chanci Landress and Mercedes Miranda.
Fraze guided Blue Ridge to wins in four of its last five games of the regular season, culminating in a No. 6 final ranking statewide. His team finished with 18 wins and 13 losses
Clark, a Freshman All-America a year ago, led the Cougars with a .478 batting average, 49 runs batted in and 30 extra base hits, including 12 home runs. The pitcher/outfielder was one of three Show Low players to lead the team with 44 hits during the season. In 24 appearances in the circle, Clark tallied 14 wins and four losses, 136 strikeouts, and sported a 4.31 earned run average while logging 105 2/3 innings, leading the Cougars into the second round of the state tournament.
Thomas led the Lobos with a .516 batting average and had a team-high 64 hits and 42 stolen bases as she helped lead Snowflake to the state title game.
Berger started 18 games in the circle and finished the season with 12 wins and six losses, tallied 128 strikeouts and a 2.16 ERA. She was second on the team in batting average (.505), hits (52 — 21 for extra bases) and RBis (38).
Heath led the Yellowjackets in batting average (.553), on-base percentage (.621), hits (47 — 18 for extra bases) and RBIs (27). She started 23 games in the circle and was 12-10 on the season with a 3.29 ERA, and she struck out 149 batters during the season.
Michelle Basinger of Blue Ridge, and Show Low’s Harlie Hitchcock and Nicole Roten were named to the All-3A East First Team.
Basinger, an outfielder, was second on her team with 41 hits, second in extra-base hits (13) and in RBIs (24).
Hitchcock, the Cougars’ junior first-baseman, was third on the team in RBIs (43) and fourth in batting average (.454). She also led the team with 44 hits, including 13 for extra bases. She led the starting lineup with a .981 fielding percentage.
Roten, a freshman outfielder/pitcher, was second on her team with a .458 batting average. She was the co-leader in hits (44), including 17 for extra bases (six home runs) and she drove in 45 runs.