COVINGTON - Rockdale's Ashleigh George and Eastside's Brianna Chambers have been named first-team selections on the GaSports.com 2007 Class AAAA Softball All-State Team.
Eastside's Brandi Richards was selected for the second team, while her teammate, Sierra Petree, was an honoroable mention choice.
George, a senior, played a crucial role in Rockdale's run the Class AAAA state sectionals.
The catcher hit a team-high .541 for the Lady Bulldogs with a team-high 40 hits, including six doubles, five triples and three home runs. She walked 24 times and had an on-base percentage of .653. The senior also scored 27 runs and stole 11 bases.
"Ashleigh was a true leader on and off the field for us. Her personality kept everybody together," Rockdale coach Holly Hamilton said. "In the clutch, she stepped up to play and did her job. She was a joy to have on the team and a joy to coach."
Chambers had an outstanding year for the Lady Eagles batting in the leadoff spot. As with any leadoff hitter, Chambers used her speed to her adavntage.
The junior had a .371 batting average and led Eastside in walks with 18. She also led the team in runs scored, crossing the plate 28 times, and she tied the team lead for triples with two. Chambers had a stolen-base success rate of 89 percent with 17 steals in 19 tries.
"She's always had a solid defense, but she did a great job on offense this year. She's a threat anytime she's on the base due to her speed," Eastside coach Heather Wood said. "She batted .371. There's not a lot of outfielders that can bat close to .400."
For the second year in a row, Richards was named to the second team after collecting a 12-2 record, including three shutouts, with an ERA of 1.46 in 96 innings. The senior also collected 191 strikeouts this fall, giving her 403 in the past two seasons. She allowed only 37 hits and 61 walks while limiting opposing hitters to a batting average of .115.
Batting .363, Richards was second for the Lady Eagles in hits (33), third in runs (18) and third in RBIs (19). She also had a team-high 11 doubles.
"She had great stats for us this year for pitching and offense. She's done a lot for our softball program the last four years," Wood said. "She's been a huge part of our success the past few years. She always stands out when she's on the mound."
Petree, a junior second baseman, hit .398 for the Lady Eagles and drove in a team-high 26 runs.
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SideBar: All-State softball
Gasports.com Class AAAA All-State softball team:
Kari Barnes, Alexander
Lauren Odom, Alexander
Jessica Solomon, Alexander
Abbey Meixel, Cherokee
Brianna Chambers, Eastside
Marie Fogle, Effingham County
Kassie Bailey, Greenbrier
Elizabeth Gaston, Greenbrier
Ashlyn Masters, Greenbrier
Kaycee Crow, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe
Jessica Penney, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe
Sam Posey, Lee County
Samantha Cage, Loganville
Lori Spingola, Marist
Kelsey Floyd, Northgate
Chelsea Sparks, Northgate
Ashleigh George, Rockdale
Hilary Cox, Alexander
Sara Sikes, Chapel Hill
Natalie Rhodes, Cherokee
Brandi Richards, Eastside
Kaila Hunt, Greenbrier
Jessica Womble, Loganville
Nicole Fox, McIntosh
Morgan Kidd, McIntosh
Sarah Purvis, Northside Warner Robins
Jeni Martin, Ringgold
Kelsey Francen, Sequoyah
Pepper Gay, St. Pius
Lauren Williamson, Whitewater
Katherine Martin, Woodward Academy
Bianca Durant, Chapel Hill
Sharon Swason, Cherokee
Kelsea Martin, Dacula
Brittani Stanga, Dutchtown
Sierra Petree, Eastside
Laura Brown, Evans
Danette Irvin, Habersham Central
Jennifer Friar, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe
Brittny Dennison, Lee County
Hayley Knight, Lee County
Alix Cooper, Loganville
Stephanie Sewell, Northwest Whitfield
Caty Sparks, Ringgold
Tess Echols, Whitewater
Woody McKenzie, Whitewater
Kelsey Baker, Woodland