Plenty of Patriots, Seminoles on all-region softball teams

— Region 8-AAAAA handed out its softball awards recently, and two local schools were well-represented. Heritage, which had the coach of the year in Jason McBay and the league’s pitcher of the year in Kierra Camp, had six other players make the first and second teams.

Infielder Diamond Callwood and infielder/pitcher Kamryn Toney were first-team selections, while infielder/outfielder Taylor Moser, outfielder Nielah Floyd, outfielder Carri Wilkerson and outfielder/infielder Cierra Davenport made the second team.

Salem, led by the region’s assistant coach of the year, Brian Beauchamp, had three players named to the all-league teams: first-team selections included pitcher Rylee Rogers and shortstop Taylor Beauchamp, while the Seminoles had pitcher/infielder Whitney Lester honored as a second-team selection.

The region also handed out special honors-the hustle award and scholar athlete-for each team. Callwood won the hustle award for Heritage and Lester for Salem, while Camp and Salem’s Kendra Jenkins were named scholar athletes.

Both Heritage and Salem reached the Class AAAAA state playoffs. The Patriots swept North Paulding in the opening round, then were swept by Pope in the round of 16. Salem lost in two games to South Paulding in a first round series.