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McGuire headlines All-County softball team

Glencoe's Jamie McGuire batted .537 with 63 RBI in 2012 and was named The Gadsden Times' 2012 Softball Player of the Year. (Photo by Sarah Dudik | Gadsden Times | File)

Like a lion waiting patiently for its prey to make a mistake, so too did Jamie McGuire.

The Glencoe catcher rarely got a pitch to hit, but when she did, she feasted. A good example of her patience is that she struck out just three times on the season and coaxed 23 walks. For her efforts, McGuire was named The Gadsden Times’ 2012 All-Etowah County Softball Player of the Year.

McGuire also was a Class 3A Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State first-team selection after batting .537 with 63 RBI from the No. 3 spot in the Yellow Jacket order. She belted 12 home runs and 25 doubles in 2012, helping lead Glencoe to an appearance at the North Central Regional Tournament in Vestavia Hills.

McGuire was one of five Yellow Jackets to make The Times’ First Team, joining pitcher Jordan Sims, first baseman Sally Tinker, second baseman Morgan Lyles and outfielder Sarah Wallace.

Sims went 32-8 on the season with a 1.51 ERA and 253 strikeouts. Joining her in circle was West End’s Morgan Cleveland and Sardis’ Bethany Chamblee.

Cleveland went 19-10-1 with a 1.99 ERA and 158 strikeouts. Chamblee helped lead the Lions to their second straight North Regional Tournament appearance.

Joining Tinker and Lyles in the infield were Sardis’ Kameron Carter and West End’s Brooke Copeland.

Carter made the team at shortstop after batting .408 with 45 RBI and 45 runs to go along with eight homers. Copeland was the squad’s third baseman with a .432 average. She scored 36 runs and had 24 RBI.

In the outfield were Wallace, West End’s Taylor Nichols and Gadsden City’s Nefretria Terry. Nichols ended her high school career with a .464 average her senior season. She had 29 RBI and scored 28 runs with 15 doubles. Terry batted .433 with 30 RBI.

The team’s designated hitter was Gaston’s Abby Elrod, who played shortstop and batted .575.

The utility spot went to Class 2A All-Stater Courtney Oliver. The sophomore pitched and played first base for West End and sported a .492 batting average with 35 RBI, 25 runs scored and 15 doubles.

The Times’ All-Etowah County Coach of the Year honor went to Coosa Christian’s Amy Shaw. Shaw led the Conquerors to their first-ever regional tournament appearance.

Honorable mentions went to Gaston pitcher Allyson Brittain as well as Southside first baseman Kaleigh Williams. West End’s Haley Fulenwider and Southside’s Savannah Elkins both earned honorable mentions at second base, as did third baseman Brooke Copeland of West End and shortstop Savannah Thomas of Southside. Honorable mentions in the outfield went to Sardis’ Krista Hubbard, Gadsden City’s Lindsey Tomlinson and Hokes Bluff’s Savannah Ward.