Claremore Daily Progress

December 22, 2012

Area softball players earn All-Metro honors

Vaughan, McElhaney, Jeffs recognized for Oologah’s 4A state championship season

Tim Ritter
Sports Editor

CLAREMORE — Fastpitch softball in Rogers County had plenty of highlights and memorable moments in 2012.

The Oologah Lady Mustangs — under the leadership of head coach Andrea Vaughan — hoisted the Class 4A state championship trophy after a 10-0 win over Piedmont in the state finals.

With a 31-5 overall record, the Lady Mustangs won their first state title since the 1999 season.

Oologah’s state tournament performance was fueled by an explosive offense that finished the final eight games outscoring the opposition, 47-1.

Vaughan’s guidance with this senior-laden squad earned the former Claremore Lady Zebra standout  the Tulsa World All-Metro Coach of the Year.

Senior shortstop Taylor McElhaney, who signed to play softball next fall at the University of Kansas, earned first-team All-Metro recognition for Oologah.

Junior pitcher Hunter Jeffs, who is committed to the University of Central Arkansas, joined Oologah teammate (Taylor) McElhaney on the first team.

McElhaney batted .407 with six home runs and 42 RBIs. She also tallied 22 stolen bases.

Jeffs led Oologah in the circle, tossing three no-hitters and one perfect game. She had 195 strikeouts and 21 walks with a 0.67 earned run average.

Owasso senior pitcher Whitney Whitehorn was named the All-Metro Player of the Year and a first-team pitcher.

Whitehorn, who signed with Oklahoma State, registered a 22-3 record with two no-hitters and 181 strikeouts. She also amassed 10 homers and 50 RBIs while batting .487.

Owasso senior catcher Nicole Nease and Owasso senior outfielder Hannah Stirton joined Whitehorn on the first team.

Nease, who is committed to Pitt State, batted .467 with 56 hits and 49 RBIs. Stirton, who is committed to Central Arkansas, hit .474 with six homers and 34 RBIs.

Second-team recognition went to Oologah junior second baseman Alex Edinger, who hit .483 with 56 hits and 9 RBIs; and Chelsea senior pitcher Madison Boyd.

Boyd, who signed with Northeastern State University, helped lead Chelsea to the Class 3A state tournament and was 24-10 in the circle with a 1.53 ERA.

Verdigris sophomore pitcher McKenzie Emory also received second-team honors with a 21-8 record and 0.65 ERA.

Honorable mention honors went to the following Rogers County players:

Claremore: Stephanie Schivally and Madison Bright

Sequoyah: Makenna McGill and Katy Remy

Catoosa: Brittany Brooks

Chelsea: Darian Monroe

Owasso: Myranda Stewart

Verdigris: Baileigh O’Dell and Kylie Cravens.