The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 13, 2013

Two Rams named all-state in softball

By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer

— CNC League members Riverton and Frontenac each have two players on the all-state teams selected by the Kansas Softball Coaches Association.

Riverton seniors Madison Hull and Shelby Mitchell are on the Class 3A elite. Catcher Hull is on the second team. Batterymate Mitchell is on the first team as the designated player..

Class 4A choices for Frontenac, which was 20-1 during the regular season, are first-teamer Jennifer Long, a senior outfielder, and second-teamer Lindsey Gorham, a senior pitcher.

Shelby Madden of Baxter Springs is on the Class 4A second unit as an outfielder.

Fort Scott has two members on the second team — hurler Hannah Gevens and utility Riley Brown.

Chetopa pitcher Chelsea LePee is on the Class 2-1A second team.

Riverton, 13-8 overall, finished runner-up to Humboldt in a Class 3A regional.

Riverton coach Brian Mitchell said Thursday that daughter Shelby, who’s signed with Missouri Southern, wound up a four-year starter for the Rams. Hull started three years.

“I’d consider both players integral parts of our team for four years,” Coach Mitchell said. “They also have served as captains.”

Their time at Riverton included state titles in 2009 (Class 4A) and 2010 (3A).

Ironically, added the Riverton coach, toss second baseman Molly McDonald into the mix and they were among six sharing valedictorian honors.

Mitchell, who saw duty at first base and third as well as pitcher, averaged .530 on 35 of 66 with 24 runs scored, 13 doubles, 1 triple and 28 RBI.

Hull averaged .424 with 22 runs scored, 8 doubles, 2 home runs and 22 RBI.

Shelby’s sister, Cheslyn, earned all-state three times and will be a junior at Pittsburg State. She was all-MIAA as a freshman before a broken leg ousted her from the lineup this campaign.