Rogers County proved to be fertile ground for great softball in 2019.
Several players from Claremore, Verdigris, Sequoyah, Inola and Oologah were selected to All-District teams.
Claremore’s Maddox Thomas (Co-Defensive Player of the Year), Inola’s Lillie Walker (Pitcher of the Year) and Oologah’s Kenzie Chacon (Player of the Year) and Emma Gill (Offensive Player of the Year) were recognized as some of the area’s best in their respective districts.
Oologah (34-4) fell to eventual champion Newcastle in the Class 4A state semifinals, and Claremore (21-14) finished as regional runner-up to Tahlequah.
Verdigris and Inola finished 23-10 and 19-12, respectively, after heartbreaking losses in regional tournament action.
Sequoyah and its young team closed with a record of 9-18.
Here is a breakdown of the All-District teams (local teams only):
DISTRICT 5A-3 (Claremore)
Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Maddox Thomas
Pitcher: Alyssa Poorboy
Shortstop: Jadyn Muns
Outfielder: Terran Schornick
Utility: Julia Hoffman
Honorable mention: Paiten Reavis, Emily Rogers, Rylee Vanaman
DISTRICT 4A-6 (Verdigris & Inola)
Pitcher of the Year: Lillie Walker, Inola
Catcher: Jamie Burke, Inola
First Base: Macy Hutchinson, Inola
Second Base: Jackie Zafares, Verdigris
Shortstop: Megan Turner, Verdigris
Utility: Abigail Teal, Verdigris; Daeya Moses, Verdigris
DISTRICT 4A-7 (Oologah)
Player of the Year: Kenzie Chacon
Offensive Player of the Year: Emma Gill
Pitcher: Bailie Runner
Middle Infield: Kiah Purdunn
Coach of the Year: Jason Brown
Honorable mention: Raegan Maple, Morgan Bement
DISTRICT 4A-8 (Sequoyah)
Third Base: Emily Smith
Utility: Lauryn Anderson
Honorable mention: Sidney Roland, Kennedi Christian