Three Panthers earn All-State softball honors

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PCHS senior Marissa Monger and Coach Alan Knight celebrate as Arianna Roudabush slides into home to clinch a 3-2 victory over Dan River in the state semifinal in Salem on June 10.

~ PVN staff report

SHENANDOAH — Following last week’s runner-up finish in the VHSL Class 2 state softball tournament, three members of the Page County High School softball team have earned All-State honors.

Senior Marissa Monger earned first team All-State honors at second base. Monger batted 2-for-3 in both the state quarterfinal and semifinal games, standing as the only player in the semifinal game with Dan River with two hits on the day. The senior was also selected for the first team at second base on the All-Region B and Bull Run All-District squads.

Earning second team All-State honors were senior Kirsten Hensley at catcher, and junior first baseman Jocelyn Rinker. Hensley had a key RBI in the state semifinal against Dan River and played great defense behind the plate all season. Rinker went 3-for-3 against Nottoway in the state quarterfinal and also delivered a RBI against Dan River in the state semifinal.

Appomattox’s senior pitcher Courtney Layne was chosen as the Class 2 Player of the Year. The University of Virginia commit hurled a perfect game in the last two consecutive state title games, which have gone to the Raiders. That also earned Appomattox head coach Janet Rawes Class 2 Coach of the Year honors.

Other regional players earning Class 2 All-State softball selections include East Rockingham junior Bria Berriochoa, a first team selection; and Clarke County’s Madison Edwards, a second team selection as a junior who is committed to James Madison University.

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