Meet the Times Record's River Valley 2021 All-Area high school softball team

Times Record Staff

A talented group of seniors highlights the Times Record's River Valley 2021 All-Area softball team.

The first six members of the first team are nominees for softball player of the year, with the winner to be announced at the River Valley Sports Awards, which takes place June 28.

First team

Madi Conklin

Southside, Sr.

Catcher

Why chosen: Conklin, an Arkansas signee, led the Lady Mavericks in several offensive categories, including average (.454), on-base percentage (.509), slugging percentage (.670), RBIs (23), runs scored (22) and hits (44). She also hit four home runs in helping Southside reach the 6A quarterfinals.

Alyson Edwards

Mansfield, Fr.

Pitcher

Why chosen: Edwards had a 17-5 record with a 1.66 earned-run average, striking out 180 batters in 118 ⅓ innings as she helped lead Mansfield to the 2A championship game. She also led the Lady Tigers in hitting (.520), hits (39) and slugging percentage (.827) while recording four homers and driving in 25 runs.

Jadyn Hart

Paris, Sr.

Pitcher

Why chosen: A four-year starter, Hart had a 22-10 record and a 1.63 ERA, striking out 335 batters in 192 ⅔ innings in helping Paris reach the 3A semifinals. At the plate, Hart batted .518 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs. She also had an equal amount of hits and runs, scoring 59 runs while recording 57 hits. 

Cailin Massey

Northside, Sr.

Outfielder

Why chosen: Massey, a Prairie View A&M signee, led the Lady Bears in several offensive categories, including average (.477), on-base percentage (.521), slugging percentage (.884), hits (41) and home runs (7) while helping lead Northside to the 6A quarterfinals.

Chloe Ray

Northside, Sr.

Utility

Why chosen: Ray was second on the Lady Bears in average (.439), and also had an on-base percentage of .520 and a .659 slugging percentage. An Arkansas Rich Mountain signee, Ray also had 36 hits, including 11 doubles and a home run, and drove in 26 runs.

Ally Sockey

Greenwood, Sr.

Infielder

Why chosen: Sockey led the Lady Bulldogs in average (.561), on-base percentage (.596) and slugging percentage (.918), along with hits (55) and doubles (18). The Arkansas signee also had as many RBIs as runs scored (36 apiece) in helping Greenwood reach the 5A championship game.

Rest of first team

Chloe Creekmore

Mansfield, Sr.

Infielder

Why chosen: Creekmore batted. 441 with a .746 slugging percentage. She also had four homers and led the Lady Tigers with 27 RBIs.

Macey Cutsinger

Greenwood, So.

Outfielder

Why chosen: Cutsinger batted .374 along with an on-base percentage of .452 and a slugging percentage of .593. She also had four homers and drove in 27 runs.

Lexi Franklin

Booneville, Fr.

Infielder

Why chosen: Franklin hit .519, the highest average for a Booneville freshman. She also set a single-season school record with 49 RBIs and tied a school record by scoring 43 runs while adding six homers.

Kyndall Haney

Charleston, So.

Outfielder

Why chosen: Haney batted .414 with six home runs and 18 RBIs. She also had an on-base percentage of .493 and a slugging percentage of .931.

Chelsi Possage

Greenwood, Sr.

Infielder

Why chosen: An Arkansas signee, Possage batted. 396 with a .440 on-base percentage and a .594 slugging average. She also had a fielding percentage of .984 playing second base, with 50 assists and 70 putouts.

Natalie Thomas

Greenwood, Sr.

Infielder

Why chosen: Thomas batted .398 with a .735 slugging percentage while leading the Lady Bulldogs in both home runs (eight) and RBIs (40).

Second team

Infielder: Brooklyn Adams, Mansfield, So.

Infielder: Layla Byrum, Booneville, So.

Infielder: Mady Cartwright, Greenwood, So.

Pitcher: Haven Clements, Greenwood, Sr.

Outfielder: Hana Dingman, Southside, Jr.

Pitcher: Meliah Hunter, Southside, Sr.

Outfielder: Kyleigh Kuykendall, Van Buren, Fr.

Infielder: Taelynn Perry, Alma, Jr.

Utility: Kayla Richardson, Hackett, Sr.

Catcher: Kelsey Shepherd, Alma, Sr.

Outfielder: Bailey Webb, Alma, Sr.

Infielder: Jayden Wells, Paris, So.

Coach of the Year

Donnie Eveld, Mansfield

Mansfield softball coach Donnie Eveld talks to his team between innings in the Class 2A state championship game on May 20, 2021.

Why chosen: In his second season as coach, Eveld guided the Lady Tigers to a 19-5 record and a berth in the Class 2A championship game. Mansfield nearly won its first title since 2012, but was defeated by Tuckerman, 4-3, on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh.

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