MOUNT VERNON — The two top area softball award winners are nearly interchangeable.
Mount Vernon sophomore Hope Straight and Danville senior Shanna Mickley each dominated from the circle and got the job done at the plate. Both led their respective teams to heights they hadn’t reached in years.
After an extensive debate by the Mount Vernon News sports writers, Straight was named All-Area Softball Player of the Year, and Mickley earned the All-Area Softball Pitcher of the Year award.
Straight, an Ohio State commit, finished second in the area with a .525 batting average as she led the Yellow Jackets to their first district championship in 14 years. Her power hitting was unmatched, accumulating 10 doubles and nine home runs in 80 at-bats, adding up to a 1.013 slugging percentage. Straight finished with an area-high 40 runs scored and 37 RBIs.