Spiker, Maloley and Collins receive Big Ten softball honors


GRAFTON— After boasting a winning season, the Lady Bearcat softball team has recently had several members gain recognition for their outstanding season-all performances. 

According to head coach Tyler Cox, Lady Cats Kaileigh Spiker, Fredrique Maloley and Aubree Collins have garnered the attention of top area coaches and scouts and have been selected for Big Ten Honors. 

Spiker was selected to the First Team Big Ten All Conference for her work playing second base. 

“Spikes had a tremendous season for us this year,” Cox shared. 

He noted that Spiker acted as the team’s leadoff hitter and plays with fierce determination and attitude. 

“Even though she is a sophomore, this is really her first year of playing high school softball because of last season being cancelled,” explained Cox. “It is a great accomplishment for her, and she is very deserving of being chosen as a First Team player.” 

Additionally, fellow Lady Bearcat Maloley was chosen for First Team Utility. 

Cox commented that she was a standout this season, pulling off several amazing plays and leading her team to numerous wins from the rubber. 

“She pitched and played shortstop for us,” he said. “She continues to play hard and goes all out, leaving it all on the field. The effort she puts in really pays off.” 

Joining Maloley on the First Team Utility is Collins.

Collins has been calling games for the Lady Cats since she was just a freshman and ended her career as a Bearcat doing the same. 

“Aubree spent all of her season behind the plate for us,” Cox disclosed. “She is as solid of a catcher as they come.” 

He went on to say that Collins has worked extremely hard to achieve these accomplishments, and while he knows she is destined for great things, watching her career as a Bearcat come to an end was bittersweet. 

“Hopefully we will be able to watch her in college. Her play is going to be missed,” he expressed. 

In addition to these respectable accomplishments, Maloley and Collins have also been named to the WV AA All-State Softball Team. 

According to Cox, Maloley was chosen by the WV Sportswriters to be on the Second Team AA All-State softball team as a Utility Player, making great strides since her freshman year when she was chosen as a Special Honorable Mention player.

Collins was also chosen by the WV Sportswriters to be on the Second Team AA All-State softball team but for the position of Catcher. 

“This put her in the top five catchers in the state in AA,” he stated. “This is a great honor for her!”

Congratulations to our Lady Bearcats for earning these great achievements. The staff of the Mountain Statesman would like to wish you all the best of luck moving forward. 

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