Over the course of their careers, Portsmouth’s Ryan Williams and Andi Queen have proven to be two excellent standouts in the circle and at the plate.
On Wednesday evening, the duo, along with four additional Portsmouth Trojan baseball and softball talents, were awarded with First-Team All-OVC accolades for their play over the course of the 2017 campaign.
As far as the softball side was concerned, Queen led the way for the Lady Trojans throughout the balance of the year. The senior — a Franciscan University signee — collected a 2.94 ERA in her 20 starts and 21 total appearances on the hill while striking out 92 batters in 131 innings of work. The valedictorian of the Portsmouth Class of 2017 also collected a .444 batting average, eight doubles, nine RBI, and 13 runs scored in 71 total plate appearances, and led the team in walks (eight) and hits (28).
Joining Queen on the All-OVC list was fellow senior classmate Semajah Parker and junior standout Sharia Kearns, who each earned honorable mention billing for their play over the course of the year. Parker collected team-highs in batting average (.509), home runs (five), doubles (nine), triples (two), and RBI (22), and tied for the team lead in runs scored (18) in just 17 games over the course of the year. Parker capped her senior season off by going 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts over the course of the 2017 season.
Kearns, who will be Portsmouth’s top returning letterman going into the 2018 campaign, notched a .447 batting average for the Lady Trojans over the course of the season. In addition to sharing the team-best mark with 18 runs scored, Kearns collected a double, a triple, a home run, and three RBI in just 14 affairs.
On the baseball side of the spectrum, the list took on a similar look, as Williams’ first team accolades were followed by honorable mention showings from Vincent Schwamberger and Reese Johnson. Williams, Portsmouth’s ace in 2017, was also the Trojans’ best hitter from the No. 3 hole, while Schwamberger and Johnson were critical components at the back end of Portsmouth’s hitting lineup.
Del Rice League to begin on Saturday
The Del Rice Baseball League will commence with its first set of contests in a doubleheader that will be played in South Shore on Saturday between Team Desco and Team SOMC. Both contests will start at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively and will be played at Shultz Creek Baseball Field, 2378 Kentucky State Route 784, in South Shore.
For more information about the league, contact Jason Armes at the Del Rice Baseball League Facebook page, or call Armes at 740-285-3081.
Elks/SSU Golf Camp lowers price from $100 to $50
The Shawnee State University golf camp, which will be held at the Elks Country Club from Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23, has lowered its price from $100 per camper to $50 per camper, according to Elks Country Club Course Manager Ed Carver.
Carver, along with Dave Hopkins and the Shawnee State University men’s golf program, will be hosting the camp from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on each day. The camp will feature instruction from Hopkins, University of Akron sophomore-to-be Mitchell McFarland, All-Mid-South Conference talent Josh Zornes, Second-Team All-MSC honoree Dagan Abdon, and South Webster head coach Josh Horner, among others.
“We’re going to work on the short game, such as chipping and putting, and we’re going to work on proper fundamentals,” Hopkins said. “That includes how to hold the club and how to align the club properly. We spent about an hour on fundamentals, and then, we let them go out and play on the holes out on the course. My guys go along with them and try to teach them the right etiquette and how to play each hole on the course.”
For more information on the camp, check out http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/sports/16603/elks-ssu-to-hold-youth-golf-clinic or call Carver at (740) 259-6241 for more information.
Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7