The awards keep rolling in for the pitchers of Felicity and Clermont Northeastern, Montana Wear and Emily Anderson, and deservedly so.
The pair was selected as All-Ohio First Teammers following their mind-blowing 2012 seasons that saw the two face off in the state regional finals.
Along with the two star hurlers, Glen Este’s next up-and-comer, Kayla Gregory was given All-State honors in Division I.
When it comes to Wear and Anderson, the comparisons in statistics and domination are very similar, but beings that Wear was the elder statesman of the trio, she gets top billing.
The Felicity senior had a magical senior season that included eclipsing the 1,000 strikeout mark in her career.
“It meant a lot to me,” Montana said of her achievement. “It’s a goal I’ve been working towards since my freshman year. I always wanted to break school records.”
She finished the season with 338 strikeouts to lead the Greater Cincinnati Area, 18 more than Anderson. Wear led the Lady Cardinals to a state semifinal berth by virtue of her 24-1 record and 18 shutout victories.
“I’m extremely proud of her,” Montana’s coach and father, Rob Wear said earlier this season. “I know how hard she’s worked because I’m the guy that has spent all the time on the bucket. I know how hard she’s worked from the time she was nine years old until now.
“She’s just a good pitcher and ball player. And she’s a good kid who’s turned into a fine young lady. She just makes me proud.”
Anderson has been making supporters of Clermont Northeastern proud as well over her first three seasons as a Lady Rocket.
A three-time Player of the Year in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division, Anderson kept on rolling in junior season, leading the Lady Rockets upstate to the regional finals where they lost to Wear’s Lady Cardinals 1-0 in a what-else-did-you-expect pitcher’s duel.
“Emily is a big part of (our success),” CNE head coach Bill Goldfuss said earlier this year. “She keeps us in each game and gives us a chance every time we play.”
Goldfuss is confident that even if she is one of the best pitchers in the state that she will continue to get better each year.
“She’s gotten better each year,” he said. “She’s gotten stronger as well as having great poise and great composure.
“Her composure is probably one of her biggest assets because she never seems to get rattled. Looking at her each pitch, there’s no telling if the one before it was good or bad.”
Anderson has already surpassed the 1,000-career strikeout mark as she fanned 320 this season. She will be back next year to hopefully improve on the Lady Rockets’ solid foundation of winning.
Finally, Glen Este sophomore short stop Kayla Gregory was named to the Second Team All-Ohio in Division I. Gregory led the Lady Trojans with a .512 batting average and a .538 on-base percentage.
Also named to the Fort Ancient Valley Conference First Team, Gregory scored 29 runs, hit 11 doubles, one triple, plated 16 RBI and stole nine bases.
As just a sophomore, Gregory is sure to be atop the honor rolls both in conference and statewide over the next two years.