From Starkville Daily News
One member of East Webster’s Lady Wolverine softball team can add another honor to her trophy case. First baseman Bailey Williams has recently been selected the Starkville Daily News All-Area Slow-Pitch Player of the Year.
The player of the year selection comes on the heels of a regular season that saw the senior bat .449, with 23 RBIs and 40 hits. Williams also acquired a .515 on-base percentage and posted a .517 slugging percentage.
That hard work is what East Webster coach Lee Berryhill admires about his first baseman and why he was not surprised to see her honored.
“Bailey is responsible and a leader on our team,” Berryhill said. “You don’t have to worry about her. She is going to do what needs to be done. She is the type of athlete that makes the whole team better. She leads by example on the field and is a great person both on and off the field.”
Williams was also chosen to the Mississippi Association of Coaches Slow-Pitch All-Star team and when asked about the honors, she didn’t hide her excitement.
“I take pride in wearing East Webster on my uniform,” Williams said. “I hold these roles to a higher standard, because I am representing my whole team and the East Webster community.”
While this recognition brings to a close Williams’ slow-pitch career in high school, the first baseman and her Lady Wolverine teammates still have the fast-pitch season to look forward to. After that the senior says she wants to continue playing softball on the collegiate level, while also pursuing a career in the medical field.
Berryhill may have been excited for his first baseman, but he has another reason to smile.
On the same ballot, the Lady Wolverine leader was selected as the SDN All-Area Coach of the Year.
“Coaching softball is a new place for me,” Berryhill said. “For 18 years, I was with the Eupora baseball team where we won two state championships. Getting to the point where I am coach of the year in my first season is a great accomplishment and was definitely a team effort. They bought into what I wanted to do, had amazing work ethic and in the end, we had a good season.”
Berryhill’s leadership paid off with the Lady Wolverines going 22-7, winning their division and finishing second in the south half. Those are all accomplishments that the coach once again credits to his team.
“Everybody bought in this season,” Berryhill said. “We have great team chemistry. Everyone gets along. It was their sacrifice and hard work that gave us the year we had.”
Williams, Berryhill and the entire Lady Wolverine team will have a few weeks to celebrate their successful slow-pitch season and the honors that came with it before they begin fast-pitch play in February.
SDN All-Area Slow-Pitch Softball Team Player of the Year: Bailey Williams, East Webster Coach of the Year: Lee Berryhill, East Webster Starting 9 (listed alphabetically) 1. Tangela Doss, Starkville, 3B 2. Autumn Frost, East Webster, C 3. Hai-Leigh Hodges, Eupora, OF 4. Mamie Hollenhead, East Webster, 3B 5. Hannah McDowell, Eupora, OF 6. Bailie Springfield, East Webster, N/A 7. Allie Steadman, Eupora, 3B 8. Sarah Grace Wade, Eupora, SS 9. Bailey Williams, East Webster, 1B
(Editor’s Note: Nominations for the Starkville Daily News All-Area Slow-Pitch Softball Team were accepted from the coaches and placed by the SDN sports staff. Since Starkville Academy plays fast-pitch softball in the fall, those nominations will be considered in the spring of 2013.)