Warrenton softball lands 10 on all-GAC North team

By: 
Scott Butler
Correspondent

The Warrenton softball program had 10 of its players earn All-Conference honors this season. The Gateway Athletic Conference is split up into three divisions, with Warrenton among the North Division. 

Seniors Kennedy Estes, Michelle Higby and Hailey Roberts earned first-team honors, along with junior Kathryn McChristy and freshman Kaylen Reynolds. 

Seniors Jordan Lynn and Avery Tucker were selected to the second team, with junior Kaylin Haas, sophomore Mackenzie Hurst and freshman Kylie Witthaus joining them. 

McChristy, reigning Conference Player of the Year, turned in yet another stellar season on the mound. The senior ace earned her 1st team selection by throwing 112-plus innings, earning a 14-5 record, posting a 1.37 earned run average, striking out 211 while only walking 25. She also received first team all-district, all-region, and all-state honors.

“Kathryn is a special person on and off the field,” Head Coach Chad Berrey said. “She is a leader in every way imaginable. She is one of our team captains, gets in done in the classroom with an impressive 4.07 GPA, and leads by example with hard work, dedication, and love for her teammates.”

Hailey Roberts was also a first team all-district and all-region honoree and second team all-state recipient as well. The senior shortstop posted some gaudy numbers for Warrenton this year as she led the team in batting average (.481), hits (39), doubles (10), triples (2), home runs (7), and RBIs (40).

“Hailey can flat out hit and hits the ball harder than anyone that I have ever coached,” Berrey said. “Every coach that I have talked to that we have played this year had one goal defensively, ‘do not let that Roberts girl beat us.’ ”

Estes, the team’s second baseman, posted solid numbers in her senior season before she heads off to Illinois Wesleyan to continue her softball career. She hit .385, collecting 18 RBIs and was third on the team in runs scored with 20. Estes also received first team all-district and all-region honors.

“Kennedy was a four-year varsity softball player and probably the hardest working girl that I have ever coached,” Berrey said. “Kennedy worked for what she earned and a model of what commitment and dedication look like.”

Higby was a catalyst at the top of the order for the Warriors all season long. The senior center fielder hit .421 while leading the team in runs scored (29) and stolen bases (13). She too was selected to the first team all-district and second team all-region teams.

“Michelle was the spark to our offense and the leader of the outfield,” Berrey said. “She proved that she was one of the top outfielders in the St. Louis area and I would argue that she is the best out there.”

Reynolds also nabbed a first team selection with her productive season serving as the team utility player. She posted a .364 average, scoring 12 runs and driving home 14. She also received second team all-district honors as well.

“Kaylen can do it all as she was a true utility player this year and showed off her athleticism,” Berrey said. “Kaylen is a player that every coach dreams of; able and willing to play anywhere at any time to help their team win the game.” 

Lynn nabbed a spot on the second team due to her stellar play in the right field and the plate. She hit .364 this season, scoring 11 times with 12 RBIs. 

“Jordan put together an impressive senior year and went out with a bang,” Berrey said. “Jordan had to sit out for 8 games (contact tracing) and came back on fire; we always preach that we want to be playing the best softball by post-season and Jordan did just that.”

Tucker, the team’s primary catcher, received a spot on the second team with her consistent performance all season long. The senior will head to Missouri Baptist next fall after receiving first team all-district and all-region honors. She was second on the team in batting average (.455), first in on-base percentage (.581), had a home run, and drove in 15. 

“Avery stepped up huge this year offensively and sprayed the ball all over the field,” Berrey said. “She was a workhorse and has played every single game for the past 3 years.” 

Haas was named to the second team all-conference and second team all-district. The junior first baseman had a .348 batting average, had a home run and 16 RBIs, and was second in the team in stolen bases with (5). 

“Kaylin transitioned from the left side to the right side of the infield this year and became the rock of our defense,” Berrey said. “As I was trying to put the puzzle pieces together for this past season, I decided to move Haas to first base and it might have been the best coaching decision that I have ever made.”

Hurst nabbed a slot on the second team All-GAC North. The sophomore third baseman hit .395 with 12 RBIs.

“Mack is a two-time varsity starter and has put together two great seasons in her young high school career,” Berrey said. “She works incredibly hard at her craft and is one of the most coachable girls you will find; she never ceases to amaze the coaching staff.”

Witthaus, a freshman pitcher, found a spot on the second team due to her solid performance as the team’s No. 2 pitcher this season. She pitched in six games, compiled a 3-1 record in 17 innings of work, struck out 25 with a 4.13 earned run average. 

“Kylie is a flame-throwing freshman that is soon to be very well known,” Berrey said. “We will be looking to her to take on a larger role in the circle next year and she is well on her way to making a big name for herself.”

 

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