Franklinton’s Fussell is District 9-4A MVP

Published 1:28 pm Friday, July 23, 2021

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Franklinton’s Aleigha Fussell is the District 9-4A Most Valuable Player and the Lady Demons were well-represented on the top team.

During the district season, Fussell went 6-0 with a 0.97 earned run average and a 1.00 WHIP (walks + hits per innings pitched). Fussell struck out 41 hitters and walked eight over 36 innings in her seven games that were all starts.

At the plate, she hit .360 with a .385 on base percentage and a .360 slugging. Fussell drove in eight runs and scored three runs.

Besides Fussell, Franklinton’s first-team all-district players are Albanie Fussell, Brylie Fowler, Ashlyn Welch, Bailey Brooks and KK Schexnider.

In league play, Albanie Fussell hit .542 with a .600 on base and an .875 slugging. She hit a homer, drove in 14 runs, doubled five times and scored 10 runs.

Fowler hit .696 in league play with a .765 on base and she slugged 1.304. Fowler hit two homers, drove in 18 runs, doubled four times, tripled twice and scored 14 runs.

Welch hit .600 with a .706 on base and a .920 slugging percentage. She drove in five runs and tallied six doubles, a triple and 19 runs scored.

Brooks batted .375 with a .500 on base percentage and .500 slugging percentage. Brooks doubled three times, drove in nine runs and scored seven runs.

Schexnider posted a .500 batting average with a .581 on base percentage and a .615 slugging. Schexnider had eight RBIs, three doubles and 13 runs scored.

Franklinton’s second-team players are Missouri Varnado, Skylar Branch and Caylin Turnage.

Varnado batted .304 in district with a .429 on base percentage and a .391 slugging percentage. Varnado drove in three runs, doubled twice and scored nine runs.

Branch posted a .348 batting average with a .448 on base and .565 slugging. Branch drove in 10 runs, doubled three times, tripled once and tallied eight runs.

Turnage scored three runs in league play.

This season, Franklinton won the district title after going 8-0 in league play. This was the second-straight year the Lady Demons were involved in a league championship. In 2019, the team was co-champion with Lakeshore

The Lady Demons went to the playoffs as the sixth-seeded team. Franklinton reached the regional round, but came up short to No. 11 and quarterfinalist Lakeshore, 4-2.