Clay, Loveless earn region’s top honors
♦ The duo helped lead their respective teams to the second round of the Class AA state playoffs.
The Pepperell and Rockmart softball teams both advanced to the second round of the GHSA Class state playoffs this season, and both teams each had a special weapon who helped them get there.
For their efforts this season Pepperell’s Maddie Clay was named Region 7-AA’s All-Region Player of the Year, and Rockmart’s Emily Loveless was named Pitcher of the Year.
Clay, who signed with Georgia State, led her team to its fourth straight playoff appearance and led the Lady Dragons in RBIs with 46, hits with 38 and runs with 43. The senior only struck out once in 93 plate appearances, while finishing with a .481 batting average and five home runs.
Loveless, who signed with Reinhardt, led the Lady Yellow Jackets to their third straight playoff appearance, finishing the season with a 15-1 record and a 2.13 ERA. She struck out 58 batters and had three shutouts.
Clay’s teammates Maycy Owens and Dahlia Sanford were also named to the First Team, while Sydnie Edwards and Josie McGraw were named to the Second Team, and Chloe Jones was Honorable Mention.