8-AAAA All-Area softball team includes 15 local players

CONYERS - Several local softball players have been named to the 8-AAAA All-Area softball team.

Local first-team selections are: Sierra Petree (infielder, Eastside), Whitney Phillips (infielder, Heritage), Kaitlin Overstreet (infielder, Rockdale), Brianna Chambers (outfielder, Eastside), Brandi Richards (pitcher, Eastside), Jessie Holmes (pitcher, Rockdale), and Ashleigh George (catcher, Rockdale).

For Eastside, Petree recorded a .398 batting average with 35 hits and 26 RBIs. Chambers hit at a .344 clip with 32 hits and nine RBIs for the Lady Eagles, while Richards posted a 12-2 mark in the circle with a 1.46 ERA.

Holmes was outstanding in the circle for Rockdale, chalking up a record of 17-7 with 228 strikeouts. George hit a team-high .541 for the Lady Bulldogs with 40 hits, while Overstreet had 36 hits, 16 RBIs and a .401 batting average.

Heritage's Phillips had a batting average of .323 and stole 15 bases.

Local players on the All-Area 8-AAAA second team include: Amber Melton (infielder, Alcovy), Kat Baize (infielder, Heritage), Kayla Kelly (infielder, Rockdale), Sabrina Chandler (outfielder, Eastside), Katelyn Baker (outfielder, Rockdale), Rikki Powers (pitcher, Eastside), Jamie Melson (pitcher, Heritage), and Shelly Alliston (catcher, Salem).

Melton, the lone representative from Alcovy on the squad, batted .318 and recorded two home runs.

Baize played first base and hit .290 for the Lady Patriots, while Melson recorded a 14-12 record and 120 strikeouts in the circle.

Rockdale's Kelly had 724 hits, six RBIs, and a .308 batting average. Baker hit. 271 for the Lady Bulldogs with 19 hits and five RBIs.

Alliston, who played catcher for Salem, batted .255 with 10 RBIs.

SideBar: 8-AAAA All-Area Softball Team

First Team


Sierra Petree, Eastside

Whitney Phillips, Heritage

Kaitlin Overstreet, Rockdale

Ashley Bagley Habersham Central

Jessica Womble, Loganville

Samantha Cagle, Loganville


Brianna Chambers, Eastside

Dixie Stewart, Dacula

Danette Irvin, Habersham Central

Alix Cooper, Loganville


Brandi Richards, Eastside

Jessie Holmes, Rockdale

Kasie Wisdom, Loganville


Ashleigh George, Rockdale

Kelsea Martin, Dacula

Second Team


Amber Melton, Alcovy

Kat Baize, Heritage

Kayla Kelly, Rockdale

Charlotte Sieber, Dacula

Taylor Morgan, Madison County

Kendra Martin, Madison County


Sabrina Chandler, Eastside

Katelyn Baker, Rockdale

Brittany Ellisor, Madison County

Haley Peeples, Madison County


Rikki Powers, Eastside

Jamie Melson, Heritage

Morgan Kesler, Madison County

Erin Gibson, Madison County


Shelly Alliston, Salem

Katie Bolin, Madison County