Four softball players from three of the area’s best teams in their respective divisions earned state recognition as the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association released its all-Ohio selections for the 2021 season.
Bryan junior pitcher Addie Arnold was named first-team all-Ohio in Division II, while Fairview senior shortstop Anna Ankney was tabbed first team in Division III.
Hilltop senior pitcher Kodi Brenner and junior outfielder Holly Jermeay were named first and second team, respectively, in Division IV for the Cadets.
All four players put up staggering numbers in leading their respective squads.
Arnold set school season records for wins (21) and strikeouts (209), while also hitting a school-record 10 doubles at the plate. Overall, Arnold went 21-2 and had a 1.77 ERA in 134 1/3 innings.
Arnold, the Northwest Ohio Athletic League player of the year, batted .469 with one home run and one triple, along with 16 RBIs and 32 runs, in helping the Golden Bears finish 22-4 overall and 6-1 in league play. Bryan shared the conference title with Evergreen and reached a Division II district semifinal before falling to Lima Shawnee.
Meanwhile, Ankney powered Fairview to its first state championship in school history after the Apaches blanked Canfield South Range 10-0 in six innings in Sunday’s OHSAA Division III state final. In her last high school at-bat, Ankney belted a home run to left field.
For the season, Ankney hammered 17 home runs, which ranks in the top 10 in OHSAA history. The Green Meadows Conference player of the year batted .644 with 14 doubles and two triples among her 65 hits, and she had 63 RBIs, 64 runs and 14 stolen bases.
The Apaches, after losing their season opener, won their next 28 games and finished 7-0 in the GMC en route to earning their first regional and state championships.
Brenner and Jermeay helped lead Hilltop to a historic season as well. The Cadets finished as Division IV regional runner-up for the first time and went 28-4 overall (12-0 Buckeye Border Conference for eighth-straight league title).
At the plate, Brenner batted .571 with 12 home runs, 14 doubles and two triples. She had 70 RBIs, scored 74 runs and stole 25 bases.
In the circle, Brenner went 14-3 with a 1.94 ERA in 94 innings. She rifled 136 strikeouts.
Jermeay batted .495 with three doubles in the leadoff spot. She scored 60 runs and had 25 RBIs.