I want to start off by saying today’s list is much more difficult than I thought it would be.
I decided to split up baseball and softball because even the softball list is pretty substantial. Going through the KHSAA website, it was easy to see why so many from this area move on to play at the next level.
From Christian County’s Emmy Blane to Trigg County’s Hannah Colbert, the southern Pennyrile has produced several standout softball players.
For this list, I’ve hit every position and included five pitchers because who can really pick just one pitcher? Also, I’m just going to breakdown the starters this time around because again, it’s a pretty long list.
Yes, it’s pretty Christian County-heavy but can you really blame me after the Lady Colonels went 96-22-1 with two Second Region Tournament final appearances and one state tournament appearance.
I’m sure someone will want to debate me and that’s fine, but this is my team during my time in Hopkinsville.
Starters C: Taylor Shemwell, Christian County
The first of three Shemwells on this squad, I was at a County/Hoptown game once where all three Shemwells homered in the same game. While Taylor and Tyler Shemwell are the only ones that are actually related, it was still cool. Taylor lead the entire field during her time behind the plate for the Cols and her bat was just icing on the cake.
1B: Serenity Shemwell, Christian County
Serenity had patrolled the first baseline for Lady Colonels since she was in middle school but with Halle Rhea Hendricks graduating in recent years, Shemwell has made the switch to third. In addition to her glove, Shemwell has pop and is a threat to hit the long ball every time she steps to the plate. We’re putting her at first on this list so someone else can take the third spot ... I’m sure one can guess.
2B: Hope Jones, Christian County
Jones is one of several on this list that will or have played college softball. Jones is headed to Murray State to join current Racer Tyler Shemwell as the former Colonel duo will look to make their school proud in Murray. Jones played multiple positions for County during her career and had many big hits as well.
SS: Emmy Blane, Christian County
Maybe the surest name on this list is Blane. Blane rewrote portions of the Christian County record book and she also started at Kentucky as a freshman. For those reading at home (I mean where else would you be reading, we’re in a quarantine), it’s not easy to start at an SEC school as a first-year player. Blane hits all the marks on what a softball player should be and she’ll continue that in Lexington.
3B: Halle Rhea Hendricks, Christian County
If there was a gold glove in the state of Kentucky, Hendricks may be the first name mentioned when it comes to third base. It didn’t matter what came her way, Hendricks corralled it and threw it where it needed to go.
OF: Tyler Shemwell, Christian County
The Queen of Clutch was the first outfielder I put on this list. When Christian County needed a hit, Tyler was there nearly every single time. She’s one of the most clutch athletes I’ve ever covered and I’m sure she can do the same at Murray State.
OF: Logan Darnall, Trigg County
Darnall is one of the few from this list of starters that didn’t go to Christian County. Darnall led the Lady Wildcats outfield and also helped at the plate during her solid career.
OF: Pickle Winkler, Christian County
I’m pretty sure Winkler is the youngest on this list but she could have the highest ceiling. From fielding to hitting to running to everything else, Winkler is strong in nearly every aspect of the game. The skies the limit for the Colonel youngster.
P: Lexie O’Daniel, Christian County
O’Daniel and Regan Hancock were kind of Ying-Yang for the Colonels during their senior years. O’Daniel was the flamethrower while Hancock could paint the corners like Michaelangelo. O’Daniel was the KNE Athlete of the Year her senior season as she contributed in every aspect of the game for County.
P: Regan Hancock, Christian County
As stated previously, Hancock could hit pitches when she needed to but she was also a leader during her career. She had swagger and she wasn’t afraid to let it fly.
P: Hannah Colbert, Trigg County
Trigg County’s Colbert could straight deal. In my opinion, she was one of the most underrated players in the region during her time in a Lady Wildcat uniform. She now plays at John A. Logan College and is coached by former SIU standout Taylor Orsburn-Siefert.
P: Makenzie Miles, University Heights Academy
I only covered Miles for a year but in that year she led the Lady Blazers to the Second Region Tournament after falling to Christian County in the final. She was a gamer as UHA finished with 16 wins that season.
P: Marley Hancock, Hopkinsville
Like O’Daniel, Hancock is a flame thrower. While the Lady Tigers haven’t won as many games as she’d like, Hancock is out there giving it her all every single night.
Hannah Bradshaw, UHA
Macy Lancaster, Christian County
Hannah Sumner, Christian County
Rachael Snyder, UHA
Michaela Robertson, Todd County Central
Jordan Weathers, Todd County Central
Addison Rogers, Trigg County
Phelan Dossett, Trigg County
Kara Southwood, Trigg County
Autumn Durham, Trigg County
Taiya Straight, Hopkinsville
Sebrina Hodge, Hopkinsville
Nadia Clayton, Hopkinsville