There isn’t a single softball award that the Three Rivers Athletic Conference offered that didn’t go to a Clay coach or player.
Coach Brenda Radabaugh is Coach of the Year for leading the team to a 28-3 season and TRAC championship, senior Brooke Gallaher is Pitcher of the Year, and senior outfielder Honnah Susor is Player of the Year.
Clay garnered six of the 13 spots available on the All-TRAC first team. Joining them are junior infielder Jamie Miller, sophomore outfielder Haley Dominique, freshman designated player Bekah Yenrick, and at-large selection Danielle Lorenzen, a senior pitcher.
Susor, who will attend Wright State University on a softball scholarship, was Clay’s lead-off batter and considered a “true triple threat” by Radabaugh. She led the team in hits, home runs (7), walks, batting average (.600, 57-for-95), slugging percentage (1.084), and runs scored (60).
Susor, who was honorable mention All-Ohio as a junior, hit safely in all but one game this season. Plus, she has only committed two errors in the 93 varsity games she played in the last three seasons and has three assists and 22 putouts from center field this season.
“Honnah has a great eye at the plate,” Radabaugh said. “She has struck out six times in 121 plate appearances. Honnah is an outstanding outfielder with a very strong arm.”
Gallaher, who will attend Lourdes University on a softball scholarship, was second team All-Ohio last year. She is a four-year varsity starter and Clay’s ace pitcher.
She had a no-hitter, three one-hitters, and five shutouts this season and holds the school record for wins in a career.
“She is a big reason that we have enjoyed success over the past few years,” Radabaugh said. “Brooke has matured as she continues to develop her pitches.”
She finished 16-2, had 103 strikeouts to 41 walks and a 1.83 ERA. In the TRAC, she was a perfect 9-0 with an 0.95 ERA. She was lethal at the plate, too, batting .306 with six doubles, a home run, 21 RBIs, and a .306 average.
Lorenzen, although an at-large selection, was Clay’s second pitcher chosen to the first team, joining Gallaher.
She was 12-1 with 61 strikeouts, 15 walks, and gave up 63 hits in facing 320 batters over 76 innings or a 1.57 ERA. She threw one no-hitter, two one-hitters, and two two-hitters this season. Radabaugh says she would have been the ace for most teams.
“Last summer, she injured her throwing shoulder and in the fall her doctor recommended surgery,” Radabaugh said. “Danielle refused because she did not want to miss her senior year.
“She has made adjustments to her pitching technique and has played through pain this season. She is the ultimate team player. Her voice is the loudest one during every game whether she is playing or not. Her fondest memory is of a game that she did not even play in. She will be truly missed.”
Miller, who was the clean-up hitter the past two seasons, batted .424, was second on the team with 13 doubles, three home runs and 40 RBIs. She also led the team in sacrifice flies.
“She seems to be unfazed by the pressure on the clean-up hitter and continues to hit the ball extremely hard,” Radabaugh said. “Jamie is a very coachable player with a bright future in softball.”
On the field, Miller has only two errors in 153 attempts, and both were throwing errors. In addition, she filled the role of relief pitcher twice this year.
Dominique, who has verbally committed to play NCAA Division I softball at Ball State University, was the No. 2 hitter in the lineup, leading the team in singles and RBIs (52). She had a .725 slugging percentage and struck out seven times in 126 plate appearances. She had six doubles, five triples, four home runs, and 33 stolen bases.
“Haley is a very aggressive player who makes diving catches look easy,” Radabaugh said. “She would be the starting center fielder on most teams, but is playing with another outstanding outfielder.”
Yenrick, in her first season, hit a school-record 17 doubles and had three home runs and 45 RBIs. When she is in the field, she plays first base or in the outfield, otherwise, she is the designated player because of her bat.
“Bekah continues to amaze me with her bat,” Radabaugh said. “She hit the longest ball that I have ever seen leave our ball park. She has a .554 batting average, which is incredible for anyone, especially a freshman.
“Bekah is a very good first baseman and a solid outfielder. We are excited to have her around for three more years.”
Five more honorees
Second team All-TRAC selections from Clay include juniors Hayley Schiavone and Baleigh Bocook, Honorable mention picks are senior Emily Sibbersen, junior Brooke Gyori, and senior Harleigh Isbell.
Schiavone batted .412 with 11 doubles, one triple, two home runs, and 31 RBIs, and her infield play wasn’t too shabby, either.
“Hayley is an outstanding third baseman,” Radabaugh said. “She is fearless with a strong arm and this is a good combination for a third baseman. She has made some diving plays that amaze those who are watching.
“Hayley has a very quick reaction to the ball and leads our team in assists. She is second on the team in doubles and sacrifice bunts. Hayley is a very intelligent player who understands the strategy of the game.”
Bocook, a junior, started in right field but also was the back-up catcher. She was the No. 3 batter in the lineup, who batted .465 with 12 doubles, one triple, one home run, nine stolen bases and 29 RBIs. She had at least one hit in 22 out of the 28 games she played in.
“Baleigh has the ability to hit all different pitching speeds,” Radabaugh said. “We rarely see Baleigh get a bloop single. She always hits a hard line drive.”
Sibbersen batted .333 with one double and three RBIs in 29 plate appearances, but has had her share of trials and tribulations to deal with.
“Emily missed her entire junior year due to shoulder injury,” Radabaugh said. “She worked extremely hard to be able to play her senior year. Not only has she had to rehabilitate her shoulder, she has also battled a groin injury for most of the season.”
Despite that, she did not commit an error in 27 games at catcher and the Clay coaches honored her with the team’s Golden Glove Award.
“Emily has never complained about her leg and has caught all but three of our games this season. She calls all the pitches and does a great job blocking balls,” Radabaugh said.
Isbell, a three-year starter at shortstop, batted .295 with two doubles, a triple, seven stolen bases and 20 RBIs.
“I am constantly impressed with her determination and toughness,” Radabaugh said. “She has good range and a strong arm. She leads by example and has bought into the idea that moving the runner is the purpose of her bat. Harleigh is a very competitive player who will do anything in the best interest of the team.”
Gyori batted .411 with five doubles, a triple and home run to go with 19 stolen base and 21 RBIs, and Radabaugh has plans for her already for next year.
“Brooke is a shortstop by nature. As a sophomore, she was out starting right fielder. Next season, she will be our shortstop,” Radabaugh said.
“Brooke is very athletics and can play anywhere we put her on the field. She is a team player who never complains. She does her best to learn the position and always get the job done.”