Golden girls

Richards leads All-County Team with POY hon­ors

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Ja­son Mur­dock

There’s a good rea­son why the East­side var­sity soft­ball went 25-10-1 this sea­son, and her name is Brandi Richards.

Richards, a se­nior, dom­i­nated this year for the Lady Ea­gles in all as­pects of the game — hit­ting, field­ing and pitch­ing.

“She stands out among other ath­letes based on her ver­sa­til­ity,” said East­side head coach Heather Wood. “I could put her at any po­si­tion and know that she would do a great job for us.”

Based on her stu­pen­dous per­for­mance through­out the en­tire sea­son, Richards has been se­lected as Player of the Year for the 2007 All-County Team.

On the mound, bat­ters dreaded en­ter­ing the box against Richards, who led the Lady Ea­gles with a 12-2 record in 17 games, in­clud­ing an as­tound­ing 1.46 earned run av­er­age. She also had eight com­plete games, in­clud­ing three shutouts.

Us­ing her elec­tric stuff, Richards had 191 strike­outs com­pared to 61 walks in 96 in­nings pitched. In ad­di­tion, op­pos­ing hit­ters bat­ted just .115 against the flamethrower.

In just the third game of the sea­son, Richards struck out 15 in a 4-0 win against Evans. The fol­low­ing week she fanned even more bat­ters — 17 to be ex­act — in a 1-0 com­plete game shutout over

Lo­ganville.

When she wasn’t pitch­ing, Richards took care of busi­ness at first base, hold­ing a solid .989 field­ing per­cent­age.

“Brandi has done so much for the team this year be­cause she is an out­stand­ing ath­lete,” said Wood. “She not only did well for us pitch­ing, but she also helped carry our team of­fen­sively.”

On that same note, she was just as pro­duc­tive with the aluminum. Richards bat­ted .363 with 19 RBIs and 19 runs scored. In ad­di­tion, she had 11 dou­bles, two triples and a .527 slug­ging per­cent­age.

Ear­lier this year, Richards signed a soft­ball schol­ar­ship with Auburn Univer­sity Mont­gomery.

“She will be missed next year, but I know she will be suc­cess­ful at the col­lege level,” said Wood. “She stepped up for us in many sit­u­a­tions this sea­son and pro­vided lead­er­ship for her team­mates.

“I am thank­ful that East­side was able to have an ath­lete like her for four years,” added Wood, “and I ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing she has done for our pro­gram.”

Round­ing out the 2007 All-County Soft­ball Team was four play­ers rep­re­sent­ing Al­covy, five from East­side and five from New­ton (see box).

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Player of the Year: East­side’s Brandi Richards has been cho­sen as the Player of the Year for the 2007 All-County Soft­ball Team. Richards led the Lady Ea­gles on the mound with a 12-2 record, in­clud­ing 191 strike­outs. Of­fen­sively, she bat­ted .363 with 19 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

MVP: East­side’s Brandi Richards has been se­lected as Player of the Year for the 2007 All-County Soft­ball Team.

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