Franklin County senior third baseman Karle Cundiff and freshman flex player Courtney Bryant have garnered first team All-Piedmont District accolades in softball for the 2019 season by a vote of the league’s head coaches.
FCHS, which finished the season with an 11-13 record, was the Piedmont District runner-up — the Eagles suffered a 4-3 loss to Tunstall in the championship game of the league’s postseason tournament.
FCHS was the fifth seed in the seven-team, single-elimination tournament and reached the championship game, played on Tunstall’s home field in Dry Fork, following road wins over No. 4 seed Patrick County, 12-8, in the quarterfinals, and No. 1 seed and regular-season champion Halifax County, 14-12, in the semifinals.
FCHS saw its season end with a 6-4 loss to Manchester in the quarterfinals of the Class 6 Region B softball tournament.
The Eagles played 10 games this season that were decided by two runs or fewer and were 4-6 in those games. They were 3-3 in six one-run games.
Cundiff, who has given a non-binding verbal commitment to continue her softball career at Roanoke College, completed a four-year varsity career with 111 hits and 100 RBIs.
She and Bryant tied for the team lead in home runs — each with eight — and Cundiff drove in 22 runs and batted .357.
Bryant, who saw action in centerfield and at shortstop, batted a team-best .461 and drove in a team-best 27 runs. Of her team-best 35 hits, five were doubles and one was a triple.
Players of the Year accolade: Jade Hylton of Bassett, Zariah Scales of Magna Vista and Mia Green of Tunstall. All three are first-team players.
Kayley Devivi of Tunstall and Lauren Chappell of Halifax County are the Pitchers of the Year. Both are first-team players.
Second team honorees are pitchers Presley Washburn and Laken Adkins, catcher Alex Prillaman, first baseman Sierra Johnson, shortstop Logan Pasley, /flex player Taylor Anderson and outfielder Katelyn Craghead.