• Fred Main/News Mount Vernon’s Hope Straight, left, celebrates her inside-the-park home run with teammate Megan Pentz during Wednesday’s Division I regional semifinal with Hilliard Bradley at Ohio State University. Bradley won, 10-9.
  • Bill Davis/News Mount Vernon’s Hope Straight hits a solo home run in the first inning of Tuesday’s Ohio Cardinal Conference game against Lexington. The Yellow Jackets won, 16-0.
  • Geoff Cowles/News Mount Vernon’s Hope Straight hits the ball during a recent practice. Straight is expected to lead a powerful offense for the Yellow Jackets in 2017.
  • Fred Main/News Danville pitcher Shanna Mickley delivers during the first inning of Saturday’s OHSAA Division IV state championship against Williamsburg in Akron.
  • Bill Davis/News Danville’s Shanna Mickley pitches during the second inning of Saturday’s Division IV district final against Gahanna Christian. The Blue Devils won, 4-1.
  • Bill Davis/News Danville senior Shanna Mickley hits a solo home run in the third inning of Monday’s Mid Buckeye Conference game against Loudonville. The Blue Devils won, 7-0.

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.


Bill Davis: 740-397-5333 or bdavis@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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