Four of the 15 players named to the All-Hoosier Hills Conference first team are members of the 2014 HHC champion Floyd Central Highlanders.
All-State senior catcher Taylor McClure is joined on the first team by Floyd sophomore teammates Gabbi Jenkins, who was named first-team All-State by the Indiana coaches, and Regan Hadley, along with freshman Taylor Castleberry — the daughter of head coach Scott Castleberry.
Jenkins led the Highlanders with a .455 batting average and a .514 on-base percentage, McClure batted .420 with 25 RBIs, Hadley had a team-best 27 runs batted in and batted .388 and Castleberry hit .446, scored 27 times and stole 16 bases.
“I knew more than anybody coming in what we had,” Scott Castleberry said of his 25-6 squad that won sectional and regional championships. “I knew we were loaded with talent. Talent is one thing, winning is another. The seniors and sophomores pulled together and they had a lot of fun being one team. The talent was obvious on the field and we’ll be loaded again next year.”
Jenkins, who had 23 stolen bases and scored 35 times in 29 games, was named first-team All-State by the coaches. McClure, who had seven doubles and led the Highlanders with a .545 slugging percentage, was named to the third team.
“It’s a big deal,” Castleberry said of his team’s All-State selections. “It shows the respect the other coaches have for what we did as a team and how Gabbie and Taylor contributed to the results.”
Providence senior slugger Lillian Hughes, who batted .494 with six home runs and 33 RBIs, was also named to the All-State third team.
A pair of Jeffersonville and New Albany players each were named first-team All-HHC. Bulldog catcher Danielle Williamson and second baseman Kennedy Wynn and Jeffersonville pitcher/first baseman Emily Gray, who had a 1.90 ERA and batted .333, and Northern Kentucky recruit Emma Coons, who hit .315 in her senior season, received the honor.
Floyd’s Jensen Striegel, New Albany’s Hannah Morton and Jeffersonville Courtney Shepherd were honorable mention all-conference.
Clarksville senior shortstop Ali Sparkman was named to the Indiana Academic All-State team.
ALL-HOOSIER HILLS CONFERENCE
Elyse Babb, Columbus East
Bree Barnes, Madison
Emily Bobb, Seymour
Taylor Castleberry, Floyd Central
Emma Coons, Jeffersonville
Emily Gray, Jeffersonville
Regan Hadley, Floyd Central
Gabbi Jenkins, Floyd Central
Dani Kirchner, Jennings County
Justice Kline, Bedford NL
Taylor McClure Floyd Central
Lisa McIntosh, Jennings County
Kendyl Olds, Jennings County
Danielle Williamson, New Albany
Kennedy Wynn, New Albany
Gemma Challies, Seymour
Cassidy Morron, Bedford North Lawrence
Courtney Shepherd, Jeffersonville
Hannah Castor, Jennings County
Jensen Striegel, Floyd Central
Hannah Morton, New Albany
Bri Tingle, Madison
Haley Smalley, Columbus East