2017-06-07 / Sports

Morgan Messenger & Hancock News All Area Softball Team Farris selected as Player of the Year

by Jamie Harris


Shyann Farris Shyann Farris The sports writers from The Morgan Messenger and The Hancock News have partnered with the athletic directors and head coaches from Berkeley Springs High School, Hancock High School and Paw Paw High School to select an All Area Team for the fall, winter and spring varsity sports that the teams compete in. With each all area team there will be a player of the year selected by a committee panel. For the all area softball team there were 10 members selected to represent the two schools that field varsity softball programs.

Both the Berkeley Springs Lady Indians and Hancock Lady Panthers varsity softball teams were expected to struggle with their young programs. However, both teams surprised a lot of people in the surrounding areas with some of their wins.

Berkeley Springs finished with a 9-11 record and recorded some impressive wins over Smithsburg, Hedgesville, Keyser and Jefferson.


Ally Emery Ally Emery Hancock picked up a huge win over Smithsburg and added a key win over Martinsburg to finish the season with a 6-9 record.

Due to weather cancellations neither team had the opportunity to play each other this season. However, both teams did defeat Smithsburg which were significant wins for the season.

Both teams had several key players who played pivotal roles for their respective teams and those players have been selected to represent the All Area Softball Team.

Berkeley Springs placed six players on the team led by seniors Shyann Farris and Payton Brown. Junior Hannah High along with sophomores Katie Hoffman and Ally Emery and freshman Taylor Stotler made the team.

Farris led the Lady Indians with a .500 batting average and had 35 hits and scored 25 runs this season.

Brown batted .333 to go with her 19 hits, 9 runs and 9 RBIs. As the Lady Indians starting catcher Brown’s near perfect fielding behind the plate and strong arm kept opposing runners at bay during the season.


Hannah High Hannah High High was second on the Lady Indians team with a .420 batting average to go with 21 hits, 4 doubles, 9 runs and 20 RBIs.

Hoffman was the offensive powerhouse at the plate for the Lady Indians. The hard hitting lefthander batted .410 for the season and blasted three home runs to go with her 25 hits, 17 runs, 4 doubles and a team high 26 RBIs.

Emery in her first year playing high school softball was a consistent offensive and defensive player for Berkeley Springs. Emery had 22 hits, 4 doubles, scored 22 runs, 14 RBIs, batted .367 and was solid at third base for the Lady Indians.

Stotler had a stellar freshman season for the Lady Indians. The freshman had 18 hits, scored 13 runs, 9 RBIs, and batted .327 for Berkeley Springs. In the outfield Stotler’s speed helped track down balls and keep opposing teams from stretching singles into extra base hits.


Taylor Stotler Taylor Stotler The Hancock Lady Panthers placed four players on the All Area team led by freshman Cora Keefer.

Keefer led the Lady Panthers with a .426 batting average, with 5 doubles, 2 triples and 21 RBIs. In the pitching circle Keefer went 3- 7 for the Lady Panthers.

Hancock also placed Sarah Kerns on the team. Kerns batted .367 with 3 doubles, 2 triples and 18 RBIs for the Lady Panthers.

Leah Keefer batted .378 with 2 doubles, a home run and 16 RBIs.

Lexus Ray batted .291 with 3 doubles and a triple. Ray led the Panther’s in the pitching circle with a 3-2 record.

The Morgan Messenger & Hancock News All Area Softball Player of the Year is Berkeley Springs senior Shyann Farris.


Payton Brown Payton Brown Farris was the offensive sparkplug for the Berkeley Springs softball team. In 20 games Farris rapped out 35 hits, 3 doubles and 2 triples to go with her 25 runs scored, 7 walks and 11 RBIs. Farris batted an area high of .500 and was always a scoring threat when she reached base as her speed nabbed her numerous stolen bases this season.

Defensively Farris was the starting pitcher for the Lady Indians and was a workhorse in the circle. In 14 games Farris pitched 76 innings, allowing 92 hits, an ERA of 4.61 and struck out 83 batters to finish the season with an 8- 4 record in the circle. While she was not pitching the all state centerfielder was tracking down balls in the outfield and recorded numerous putouts.

Farris will be continuing her softball career at the collegiate level next year as she has signed with Potomac State and will be counted on to help the Catamounts make it back to the College World Series.



Katie Hoffman Katie Hoffman

Cora Keefer Cora Keefer

Lexus Ray Lexus Ray

Sarah Kerns Sarah Kerns

Leah Keefer Leah Keefer

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