What Fleming County’s Sidney Argo is doing at such a young age is remarakable.
As an eighth grader last season, the Lady Panthers speedster led the state in batting average, hitting .626 in 91 at-bats. As a freshman, Argo finished second, hitting .691 in 94 at-bats.
For her consistent efforts, Argo is The Ledger Independent’s All-Area Softball Player of The Year.
She leads a team from the coverage area selected to the All-Area team. Her teammate Morgan Fern wasn’t too far behind, slugging 10 home runs on the year and driving in 55 runs while batting .512. The Lady Panthers were expected to go through a rebuilding year with the loss of Megan Claypoole and Tori Ishmael, but Argo and Fern along with Kennedy Perkins (.368 batting average, 37 RBIs) and Caroline Price (15-11, 2.75 ERA) helped smooth along the process for the 17-12 Lady Panthers.
Peebles’ Madison Pierce was lights out in the circle, posting a 0.55 ERA in 115.1 inning pitched and earned herself the Southern Hills Athletic Conference Player of the Year, helping the Lady Indians to a tie for first in Division II in the SHAC.
Eastern’s potent batting lineup of Andrea Edmisten, Morgan Reynolds and Whitney Broughton along with the arm of Taylor Dotson helped lead them to a 17-4 record and a Division I SHAC title.
Manchester’s much improved season was spear-headed by catcher Josie Campbell, who hit .559 and struck out just once all season in 68 at-bats. Pitcher Brooke Kennedy was solid in the circle at 6-5 with a 2.24 ERA and hit .464 with 17 RBIs at the plate. Leadoff hitter Aalyiah Smith helped set the pace with a .429 batting average and 22 stolen bases without getting caught once.
Gracie Yates and Jalyssa Cortez led the Lewis County lineup as the Lady Lions were just three outs away from making their first 16th Region tournament in a decade, but lost a late lead to Russell.
Lexy Cooper, Emily Huber and Emma Kidd led a Mason County team to their third straight 39th District title, topping Bracken County, who put up some impressive offensive numbers behind Kaitlyn Wills, Olivia Bell and Savannah Engnes.
Here’s a look at the All-Area team with some stats from the 2018 season:
*(Stats are from teams GameChanger or MaxPreps accounts, teams without stats were not included)
Morgan Fern, Fleming County- .512 BA, 10HR, 55 RBI
Josie Campbell, Manchester- .559 BA, 24 RBI, 19 R, 5 BB, 1 K
Kennedy Perkins, Fleming County- .368 BA, 3 HR, 37 RBI
Jalyssa Cortez, Lewis County- .387 BA, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 27 R
Emily Huber, Mason County- .364 BA, 16 RBI, 9 BB, 10 K
Lexy Cooper, Mason County- .352 BA, .427 OBP, 12 BB, 12 K
Kylie Sims, Peebles- .458 BA, .524 OBP, 22 RBI, 10 BB, 3 K
Hailey Moore, Peebles- .500 BA, 25 RBI, 11 2B, 26 R, 6 BB, 5 K
Andrea Edmisten, Eastern- .500 BA, 25 RBI, 34 R, 9 BB, 8 K
Morgan Reynolds, Eastern- .477 BA, 19 RBI, 17 R, 7 2B
Savannah Holbrook, West Union- .425 BA, 12 RBI, 18 R, 9 BB, 7 K
Olivia Bell, Bracken County- .518 BA, 28 R, 17 BB, 7 K
Savannah Engnes, Bracken County- .500 BA, 22 RBI, 21 R, 9 BB, 6 K
Emma Kidd, Mason County- .320 BA, .469 OBP, 17 RBI, 17 R, 20 BB
Kim Seigla, Georgetown- .412 BA, 10 RBI, 22 R, 3 3B, 12 SB
Jaiden Slack, Georgetown- .416 BA, 23 RBI, 23 R, 12 2B, 11 SB
Madison Pierce, Peebles- 14-3, 0.55 ERA, 174 K in 115.1 IP, 24 BB
Caroline Price, Fleming County- 15-11, 2.75 ERA, 113 K, 40 BB
Brooke Kennedy, Manchester- 6-5, 2.23 ERA, 70 K, 28 BB in 65.2 IP
Taylor Dotson, Eastern- 10-4, 2.73 ERA, 75 K in 76.2 IP
Sidney Argo, Fleming County- .691 BA, .724 OBP, 60 R, 40 SB
Kaitlyn Wills, Bracken County- .594 BA, .653 OBP, 36 RBI, 29 R
Gracie Yates, Lewis County- .450 BA, 17 XBH, 21 RBI, 36 R
Whitney Broughton, Eastern- .443 BA, 27 RBI, 31 R
Aaliyah Smith, Manchester- .429 BA, 14 R, 22 SB, 0 CS
*Elizabeth McKay, St. Patrick, Abby Lewis, Ripley, Breanna Green, Robertson County and Nicole Arthur, Augusta all made the All-Area team but did not have stats reported.