TIFTON -- Coming off a regular season that saw it finish with a perfect 10-0 record in the league, the Tift County Lady Devils softball team placed four members on the All-Region 1-AAAAA team.
The squad was voted on last week by area sports writers.
Junior Janna Shiver was one of the two pitchers named to the squad. Shiver, who was also named the region's player of the year, struck out 256 batters in 151 innings of work this past season.
She also batted .315 with 24 runs scored and had five doubles, eight stolen bases and 10 RBIs.
Senior catcher Ivy Gartman was also named first-team by the area's sports writers. She batted .364 with 15 runs scored and had seven doubles, one triple and 12 RBIs. She also threw out nine of the 19 base runners that tried to steal on her.
In the first-team infield was Tift third baseman Monique Jordan. She batted .373 with six runs scored and had one double, two triples and 12 RBIs.
Tift County also had one of the three outfielders as Imesha Wells was named first-team.
She only batted .203 on the year, but had a .360 on-base percentage. Wells scored nine runs while recording 11 RBIs and three stolen bases. Wells also played perfect defense in centerfield as she did not commit an error all year.
Besides the first-team choices, seven honorable-mention players were also picked. Two of those were from Tift County, Jill Dunn and Kayla Futch.
Dunn batted .281 on the year with eight runs scored, three doubles, one home run and 13 RBIs.
Futch had an on-base percentage of .307 and a batting average of .208. But according to Tift County coach Ivey Vickers, Futch's main contribution to the Lady Devils was her leadership.
"Kayla was our spark plug. She was one of our leaders all year," Vickers said.
Besides her batting average, Futch had 17 runs scored, four doubles, one triple and two RBIs.
"We had a good year and several players had a big part in that. I am proud of the girls for all they accomplished this year," Vickers said.
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