Three county high school girls were chose to participate in the Georgia Dugout Club All-State Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament over the weekend. Despite the cold temperatures, the two day event was hosted a Georgia Gwinnett College.
Making the team in 2014 were Chapel Hill seniors Darby Demarest and Hallie Rutledge, and Alexander senior Sydnee Council.
Demarest posted a minuet 1.37 ERA this past season, in 123 innings of work for CHHS. The ERA was the lowest in the county. She finished the year with a 19-4 record. Demarest struck out 154 batters and walked only 37. Opponents hit .140.
Rutledge, a senior, was third on the Chapel Hill team with a .461 batting average. She had a .533 on-base percentage and a .784 slugging percentage. Rutledge tied for second in the county with six home runs. She had 20 extra base hits, knocked in 52 runs, and scored 24 times. She also walked 15 times.
The Lady Cougars finished the season with a 23-13 record behind pitcher Sydnee Council, who broke the single season school strikeout record with 177 in 155 innings of work. She had an ERA of 2.30 and a record of 15-10.
Each player received a plaque at the All-State weekend inscribed with the following: “To be chosen as one of the top 80 players in Georgia to participate in this prestigious event speaks volumes for the athleticism you possess and the regard that coaches from around the Peach State have for your ability, attitude, and commitment to this great game.”
All three player competed for the same team, which represented regions five and six in the 5A class. They received a t-shirt, hoodie, all-state patch, bag and plaque. Demarest and Council threw three inning each. Rutledge played six innings total over the three games played. Demarest also competed in the skills competition.