Rager tops Class AA all-state team
HUNTINGTON -- Exactly how high were the emotions for Herbert Hoover softball pitcher Allison Rager following her team's first Class AA state championship?
When Rager's little brother, Trevor, ran to her, gave her a hug and began sobbing on her shoulder following the 12-6 state finals win over Ritchie County, she pleaded with him to calm down so she wouldn't end up in tears as well.
However, Rager couldn't hide her emotion either.
"It really means a lot because we've had teams in the past that could do it," she said. "Winning this year was for our team and all those teams in the past that have made us work so hard to get to this point."
Rager completed one of the more impressive all-around seasons in recent memory to lead the Huskies to the title and was chosen as the captain of the Class AA all-state first team by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
She was joined on the all-state first unit by Wayne senior pitcher Jessie Rowe and senior outfielder Emily Fry.
Kasey Endicott from Wayne, a junior infielder, was named as the all-state second team captain. Wayne also placed junior outfielder Savannah Perry and junior utility player Jacey Parsons on the second team along with Poca sophomore utility player Tori Ward.
Special honorable all-state selections included Allison Maynard from Wayne and Casey Skeens of Poca. The honorable mention group included Wayne players Emily Thompson and Tara Watts and Poca's Sarah Fisher.
Rager led Herbert Hoover at the plate with a .500 average while contributing 10 home runs, 54 runs batted in and 20 doubles -- three of which came in the championship game, including a two-run double while she was being intentionally walked that gave the Huskies the lead for good.
In the pitching circle, she was just as dominant, finishing with a 24-5 record and a 0.95 earned run average while striking out 178 in 161.2 innings of work against Region IV competition, which included three of the top five teams in Class AA.
Class AA softball all-state team list