By CHRIS HOBBS
The top softball awards in the Catawba Valley 2A Athletic are going to regular-season co-champion West Lincoln and third-place Maiden.
In voting by conference head coaches, sophomore Macy Michael of Maiden was selected as Offensive Player of the Year, junior Harlie Burton of West Lincoln was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year and Burton’s head coach, Allan Chapman, was named Coach of the Year.
Michael sparked Maiden to a 10-4 league record and third place, hitting .469 with three triples and seven home runs. She drove in 24 runs, scored 32 and had a .937 slugging percentage for a 14-9 team.
Burton went 13-4 for West Lincoln with an ERA of 2.73. She had a field percentage of 1.000 on 23 total chances, threw five complete games, walked 22 and struck out 68.
In her career, Burton has 14 wins with an ERA of 2.71 with 91 strikeouts in 139 2/3 innings pitched.
The head coaches selected 23 all-league players – 10 seniors, seven juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen (Addy Fortenberry of East Burke and Abigail Bowman of West Caldwell).
ALL-CATAWBA VALLEY 2A ATHLETIC SOFTBALL
(as voted on by league head coaches)
Bandys: Annie Andrews, Owyen Lyall, Bailey McClellan, Caroline McIntosh, Kenley Rembert
Bunker Hill: Ava Hamlett
East Burke: Taylor Bostian, Addy Fortenberry, Kaylee Paige
Lincolnton: Ashley Antonio, Karlie Williams
Maiden: Macy Michael, Tristan Smalling, Averie Waddell, Aleah Ikard
Newton-Conover: Emma Fox
West Caldwell: Abigail Bowman, Tori Davis
West Lincoln: Harlie Burton, Bailey Huss, Chloe Norman, Farrah Richardson, Kayla Wehunt
Offensive Player of the Year: Michael, Maiden
Defensive Player of the Year: Burton, West Lincoln
Coach of the Year: Allan Chapman, West Lincoln