(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
BENTON -- It's a very impressive feat when you can have a representative from a team be named as an All-State selection. What's even more impressive is when a team can say they have three All-State selections.
None other than the Kelly Lady Hawks can now say the latter.
Katee Moore, Casey Kern and Danielle Dock were all named as an All-State selection from the 2008 softball season, where they enjoyed a second place finish in the MSHSAA state tournament.
"It's very unusual to have three players from one team," Kelly head coach Rhonda Ratledge said.
Moore, a senior, and Dock, a junior were named to the first team while Kern, a senior, was selected as a second team member. This was Moore and Dock's first All-State selection while Kern has been named one twice. Once on the first team and once on the second.
"This is Danielle's first year of throwing for the varsity," Ratledge said. "Katee has put a lot into the last four years and then she finally made it to All-State. Casey was second-team. She made first last year but, still, second-team is still a very big accomplishment to be named two years in-a-row to the All-State team."
Moore, who played second base, led the Lady Hawks on the field and at the plate. She committed no errors in the 28 games she played at second base and led the explosive offensive attack of the Lady Hawks with a .453 batting average. She connected for 34 hits, drove in 31 RBI's and scored 24 runs. She was also deadly with runners in scoring position where she had an average of .609.
"She played a pretty tough position, especially when Danielle threw because a lot of balls were hit to that right side," Ratledge said about Moore. "She had a lot of opportunities herself and she had absolutely no errors."
Moore has had a storybook career with the Lady Hawks. Even with an injury that could have sidelined her for good, she was able to fight back from that and lead her team to a second place finish.
"She's been a really good player every year," Ratledge said. "She worked really hard to come back and to just be able to play first of all. And then to come back and not have any errors at second, have our highest batting average and then to end out the year as an All-State player is just awesome."
Dock, who was the Lady Hawks most fearsome pitcher, finished the year with an 11-4 pitching record and 104 strikeouts. She threw 12 complete games, four shutouts and had an ERA of 1.37.
She also was a threat at the plate as well with a .383 average, 18 RBI's and one home run on the year.
"Danielle took us all the way and got us a second place finish in state," Ratledge said. "She took us all the way from districts on through. I'm very excited to have Danielle back again next year. She's a good hitter as well."
Kern, who was the Lady Hawks No. 4 hitter in the lineup and played first base, completed her final season with a .380 average and 24 RBI's. She also jacked out five home runs on the season. Three of those home runs were hit in one game against Hillsboro which tied a state record.
"Casey had a very good stick and played her position extremely well," Ratledge said. "If there was a ball thrown in the dirt she was able to field it really well."
Each Lady Hawk played a vital role in their second place finish this year. Dock will be gracing the pitcher's rubber next year while Moore and Kern will be moving on after graduation. Ratledge said that she is very proud of all of her girls and will extremely miss her senior group.