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MaxPreps 2017 West Virginia preseason softball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard1. Spring Valley (Huntington)2016 record:
The Timberwolves lost a bit to graduation, but return first team All-State infielder Haley Caldwell
, who posted a .535 batting average last season. In addition, she belted 15 home runs and added 53 RBIs and 14 two-baggers. Returning with Caldwell for Spring Valley is Kathryn Bailey Adkins
, a sophomore pitcher who will be relied upon to lead in the circle.See the MaxPreps West Virginia softball computer rankings2. Huntington2016 record:
The Highlanders will rely on senior Sydney Sipple
, a two-time All-State honoree after being named captain of the second team last season. In her junior campaign, Sipple hit .405 with 29 runs for Huntington. Junior utility player Erika Williams
also was a second team All-State player for the Highlanders last season. See the MaxPreps West Virginia softball stat leaders3. Hurricane2016 record:
The state champion Redskins repeated as AAA champions despite losing a ton of talent from the 2015 title team. Senior Katie Adams
led Hurricane in the circle last season, earning first team All-State honors as a utility player. She was 29-4 with a 1.55 ERA, and added a .446 batting average with six home runs and 55 RBIs to her resume. Joining Adams in search of the three-peat will be junior infielder Jayme Bailey
, a repeat All-State honoree, who finished 2016 hitting .488 with three homers, 35 RBIs and 68 runs scored. Hurricane sophomore Caiti Mathes
had a breakout freshman campaign, hitting .496 with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs.See the MaxPreps West Virginia softball photos4. Cabell Midland (Ona)2016 record:
The Knights have senior Kati Kelley
returning after hitting .419 and earning All-State special honorable mention honors. Kelley had 20 RBIs and plated 29 runs for Cabell Midland. Joining Kelley is Olivia Canterbury
, who hit .338 with a team-leading 26 RBIs and three home runs, and was 3-1 with a 0.82 ERA in 25 innings pitched. Junior Kirya Kingery
hit .376 for the Knights and swiped 10 bases last season.
See the MaxPreps West Virginia softball playoff brackets5. Wyoming East (New Richmond)2016 record:
The sky's the limit for sophomore Holly Brehm
after a stellar freshman year that saw her win Class AA first team All-State pitcher honors. She's committed to Ohio University and finished last season with a 1.30 ERA and fanned 179 in 97 innings. She also hit .418 for the Warriors with three home runs. Junior Kari Walker
has home run power for Wyoming East and junior Katie Griffith
should also provide depth on offense.