Wahama’s Living Repeats as 2022 LKC Softball Player of the Year | News, Sports, Jobs


Wahama’s Mikie Lieving, pictured here preparing to bat in the Class A State Softball Tournament at South Charleston’s Little Creek Park, repeated as the Little Kanawha Conference Player of the Year. (Photo by Jay W. Bennett)

PARKERSBURG – For the second consecutive softball season, the Wahama White Falcons reigned supreme over the rest of the Little Kanawha Conference.

Not only did Wahama defend their LKC title, but the Mason County gang also capped a 29-2 campaign for head coach Chris Noble by earning a repeat crown in the Class A State Softball Tournament.

Noble not only received the Conference’s Top Coach nomination for a second consecutive season, but junior Mikie Lieven was once again honored as the LKC Player of the Year.

Along with compiling a 21-2 pitching record that included one save and a 1.63 ERA, Living finished with 269 strikeouts in 154 2-3 innings of work. The White Falcon scored 71 runs and hit .644 to go along with 15 doubles, 10 triples, a dozen home runs, 12 stolen bases and 42 RBIs. On top of that, she fired 21 bases on balls and only hit two.

“She had some very good games” admitted Coach Noble, who saw teammates Amber Wolfe and Lauren Noble also earn repeated nods to the all-LKC first unit at receiver and infield, respectively.

“Mikie has had another incredible season, both pitching and offensively. She has a natural talent, in addition she invests herself. She does a ton of work outside of the school dance.

Wolfe, who knocked out 38.1 percent of potential base stealers and made no mistakes, finished with a .538 average. Wolfe finished the campaign with 56 RBIs along with 17 doubles, a triple and 12 homers. Noble, who had just two errors at shortstop (0.968 percent from the field), had 15 doubles, a triple, 10 bombs and a team-best 57 runs scored. His final batting average was .636.

The White Falcons trio were joined as repeat LKC first-team selections by Ravenswood wide receiver Hattie Kennedy, Gilmer County infielder Taylor McHenry and Tyler Consolidated outfielder Leah Loudin.

Kennedy, who was an outfielder last year, made just three errors and ejected nine runners. She hit .551 with 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 23 RBIs. The Red Devil also swept 10 bases and walked a dozen against a trio of strikeouts. Like Kennedy, the Titan McHenry helped his team reach the LKC Tournament. In its final season, the Titan finished with an average of .544, six interceptions, 10 doubles, seven three-strokes, 14 home runs and 52 runs scored. Loudin stole 24 bases, hit .350, and had four doubles, a triple, a tater, and 14 RBIs.

Doddridge County, who finished second to Wahama in the LKC and were ousted in the region by Class A state runner-up Petersburg, were represented on the first team by pitcher Makenna Curran, outfielder Olivia See and player Josalyn Lipscomb. Curran, who hit 22 runs, went 21-7 inside the circle that included 182 punches in 156 innings. See posted a .422 average, stole 16 sacks and also produced six doubles, a triple and had 26 RBIs. Lipscomb stole 22 bases, had 44 RBIs, hit .560 and hit 15 doubles, five triples and eight longs.

St. Marys reached the state tournament for the second time in school history and a pair of Blue Devils earned LKC first-team honors — pitcher Ella Smith and Zoey Winland, who was placed in the outfield. Smith went 10-3 with a 1.16 ERA and hit 100 in 103 innings. She also hit .414 with six doubles, four homers and 34 RBIs. Winland, who stole 13 bases, finished with an average of .429, seven doubles, six triples, three bombs and 25 RBIs.

Two other Titans were on the first team of outfielder Stevie Starsick and utility Carrah Ferguson, who were 16-8 while hitting .453 with seven doubles, four triples, one homer, six interceptions and 21 runs. products. Starsick hit 25 runs and averaged .364 with a double and two triples.

Two infielders also earned all LKC honors on the first unit – Lacy Mitchell of Roane County (.514, eight doubles, five HR, 31 RBI) and Emmalee Jarvis of Braxton County (.507, four HR, eight doubles).

Wahama’s Elissa Hoffman, Ravenswood’s Macy Casto and Roane County’s Mahailey Nicholson were selected by league coaches as the second all-LKC pitching team. Ritchie County’s Jayci Gray and Roane County’s Katie Young were the catchers.

The second field team consisted of Emma Knapp of Wahama, Kameron Beck of Williamstown, Abby Kelley of Doddridge County, Bayley Frashure of Gilmer County and Breanna Price of St. Marys.

Emily Wratchford of Ravenswood, Jaylynn Robinson of Webster County, Lillie Law of Ritchie County and Ava Johnson of Williamstown were in the second team outfield. Emma Taylor of Gilmer County landed the public service position.

Contact Jay Bennett at [email protected]



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