DeRose, Miller highlight All-Ohioans

COLUMBUS – South Range High School graduate Carly DeRose and West Branch junior Cheyenne Miller highlighted area players on the All-Ohio softball team released recently by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Coaches Association.

DeRose was a first-team selection in Div. III as she went 18-2 with an 0.59 ERA in 106 innings pitched. She gave up 11 runs (nine earned) and 33 hits on the season, while totalling 171 strikeouts. At the plate she batted .404 with 33 hits in 94 at-bats. She added 36 stolen bases and 10 RBIs. She plans to continue her playing career at Slippery Rock University.

Cheyenne Miller, a catcher, was named to the first team in Div. II. The three-year starter batted .535 with an .802 slugging percentage and .588 on-base percentage. She added 36 RBIs, 11 doubles and two home runs.

“It was very nice to see her get that recognition,” West Branch coach Jennifer “Sis” Woods said. “She’s the first West Branch softball player to get named to the first team.”

West Branch, which went a school-best 22-6 and set a school record with a .373 team batting average, had two other representatives on the All-Ohio list. Junior centerfielder Bailey McElwain was named to the Div. II second team, while senior shortstop Regan Rito was an honorable mention.

McElwain batted .425 with a .793 slugging percentage and a .461 on-base percentage. Her 45 RBIs and eight home runs were a school record. She also tied the school record for doubles with 11.

“She’s a very consistent ball player,” Woods said. “She plays travel ball in the summer and works with a hitting coach. She also has a strong arm and very good speed. She’s a well-rounded player.”

Rito batted a school-record .435 with a .758 slugging percentage and a .457 on-base percentage. She added 29 RBIs, three home runs, five doubles and four triples. She will continue her softball career at Walsh University in the fall.

“Between those three girls there were 12 school records set,” Woods said. “When you have that, it’s easy to see why we set the team batting record.”

Western Reserve graduate April Lude was a second-team pick in Div. IV. Lude smacked a school-record 14 home runs and 36 RBIs to lead the Blue Devils. She also batted .494 with 49 runs scored.

Minerva senior infielder Cara Kunz was an honorable mention in Div. II. She batted .613 with 38 hits in 62 at-bats. Included in that total was 10 doubles, nine home runs and 36 RBIs. She struck out just three times during the season and had a .975 fielding percentage.

South Range junior infielder Stevie Taylor was an honorable mention in Div. III.