Sartin, Murphy voted Players of the Year

Arkansas City High School shortstop Chevelle Sartin, who graduated last month, collected one final honor in her illustrious high school softball career in 2018 when she was named Player of the Year in the AV-CTL D-II.

Arkansas City High School shortstop Chevelle Sartin, one of just three players lost to graduation, was named Player of the Year in voting by Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II softball coaches.

Longtime assistant coach Angie Ruyle, in just her first year as head coach, earned Coach of the Year honors.

Ruyle guided the Lady Bulldogs to an 18-5 record, a Class 4A D-I Regional championship and a berth in the KSHSAA Class 4A D-I State Tournament.

Sartin hit .500 (31 for 62) and led the team in runs (23), hits, triples (3), hit by pitch (5) and RBI (26), and tied for the lead in doubles (7) and home runs (5). She drew six walks and did not strike out all season. Sartin committed just two errors in 90 chances at shortstop.

Kirsten Birdwell, who will enter her senior year in the fall, also earned a first-team nod, along with sophomore pitcher Menley Westhoff and sophomore second baseman Braylee Ruyle.

First baseman Emilee Wells, another recent grad, earned second-team honors. Kelsey Daniel, who will enter her senior year in the fall, was named to the second team as a designated player, joining freshman pitcher Hadley Colquhoun.

Abbey Legleiter, Alexis Boone and Espy Daniels all received honor mention.

More all-leaguers

Arkansas City High School grad Kelsey Daniel capped her career with an all-league first-team nod in voting by Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II softball coaches.

She was joined on the first team by junior Espy Daniels.

Junior Menley Westhoff earned second-team status as a utility player. She was joined by sophomore pitcher Hadley Colquhoun and junior outfielder Maggie Musson.

Center fielder Kirsten Birdwell, the only all-leaguer besides Daniel to graduate, earned honorable mention, as did freshman catcher Cady Dickey.

 

Drafted

Fresh off being named to the Juco World Series All-Tournament team, Cowley College sophomore Cody Milligan was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

Milligan batted .500 in four games at the World Series, with nine runs and nine RBI.

He finished the season batting .453 with 65 RBI and a school-record nine triples. He was also successful on all 30 stolen-base attempts.

 

Co-Player of the Year

Winfield High School senior catcher Kerry Murphy captured co-Player of the Year honors after batting .595 with a team-high nine home runs last season.

And after leading the Lady Vikings to their first State playoff berth in 12 years, Rhonda Tackett earned a share of Coach of the Year honors.

Junior Taylor Byerley was named to the first team at first base. She was joined by sophomore designated player Tessa Ruggles.

Juniors Isabella Hunt, Bayley Phillips and Abby Cantrell joined freshman Chloe Hoffman on the second team.

Freshmen Aleigha Gale and Ali Tate received honorable mention. 

 

Legion opener

BUHLER — The Arkansas City Post 18 Black Diamonds opened the American Legion baseball season by taking part in the USSSA Next Level Showcase during the weekend at Buhler High School.

The Black Diamonds opened with three consecutive wins, but finished with a 3-2 record.

Ark City opened play early Friday with a 9-4 victory against the Hutchinson Colts. The Black Diamonds followed with a 4-3 victory against the Sluggers Blue 17 team, then made it three straight with a 5-4 walk-off victory Saturday against the Central Kansas Cyclones.

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