Moffitt, Killen lead All-Carter/Johnson charge

By Jeff Birchfield

STAR Staff
jbirchfield@starhq.com

   Unaka, Happy Valley and Elizabethton each placed four players on the 2002 All-Carter/Johnson County softball team selected by the various school's coaches.
   Representing the Lady Rangers, 2002 District 1-A Champions, center fielder Jessica Moffitt earns this year's All-Carter/Johnson County Most Valuable Player award after leading the team in runs (24), stolen bases (17), slugging percentage (.519), and batting average at .377.
   Third baseman Danielle Carr, with the most assists on the team, and shortstop/designated hitter Alesha Buckles, described as the team's best all-around player, added being named to this team to previous All-Northeast Tennessee selections.
   Carr was also second on pitching staff with 72 innings hurled. Buckles tied for the team lead in stolen bases while leading the team in walks and having the highest on base percentage.
   Pitcher Danielle Williams was the final Lady Ranger representative after posting an impressive 1.25 earned run average and the team's best win/loss record.
   Happy Valley also put four players on this year's squad as well, and has coach of the year honoree Karri Killen. Killen led the Lady Warriors to a 19-18 season record and to the District 1-AA and Regional 1-AA championship games, where each time they fell to eventual state champion Unicoi County.
   Pitcher/catcher Alicia Dick leads the Lady Warrior selections. Her record on the mound was 13-7, while giving up only 29 earned runs the entire season. First baseman Jessie Blevins led the team with a .355 batting average and left fielder Terra Whaley was close behind, hitting .344. The final Lady Warrior chosen was shortstop Kate Powell with a .318 batting average.
   Players chosen off Elizabethton's Lady Cyclones were all picked with an emphasis on defense. Pitcher Brandi Fairman was placed on the team with a 6-5 record and a ratio of one walk for every eight strikeouts.
   Shortstop Sarah Smith did an excellent job both in the field and as a leadoff batter, hitting around .320. Centerfielder Stephanie Cline and third base Michelle Collins were named to the team after being roundly praised for their defensive efforts.
   Hampton and Johnson County each put two players on the 2002 team. Senior catcher Cindy Hyatt, who served in a role as cleanup hitter, was very effective for the Lady Bulldogs both offensively and defensively. Heather Chambers, a freshman pitcher, came in a lot of tough situations and pitched in several games for Hampton.
   The Lady Longhorn picks were led by Laura Peters, whose year was highlighted by a one-hitter in the playoffs against Happy Valley. Johnson County's other selection was Andrea McQueen, a threat to score every time she reached base thanks to her good, all-around athletic skills.
   Ashley Timbs of Cloudland was named to the team, thanks to her versatility. Timbs was chosen after playing several infield positions and placing many clutch hits for the Lady Highlanders throughout the season.
   Congratulations to all the players selected for the 2002 All-Carter/Johnson County softball team.