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Four county softball players earn all-state honors

Three of the four county schools were represented when the Alabama Sportswriters Association released its all state softball teams for the 2023 season. A pair of senior superstars in Woodland got well-deserved first team honors, while RCHS and Handley were both represented in their respective classifications.

Woodland’s Juliana Lovvorn and McKenzie McCormick were named first-team all state in class 2A, a fitting sendoff for the two of the Lady Cats’ all-time greats.

Lovvorn hit .492 with 17 home runs and 62 RBI and received first-team honors as a DH.

McCormick batted .515 with 11 home runs and 57 RBI and remarkably struck out just once all season to earn a first-team spot as an infielder.

It was the first all-state selection for Lovvorn, who has signed with Southern Union to continue her softball career. It’s the second straight year McCormick has been named all-state after she got second team honors in Class 1A last year.

RCHS junior Brantlee Wortham got her second nod as an all-state player as she was named to Class 3A’s first team as an infielder. Wortham, who is already committed to UAB entering her senior season, hit .566 with six home runs and 49 RBI as the Lady Tigers’ starting shortstop and part-time pitcher.

Wortham was named second team all state in Class 2A a year ago.

Handley sophomore Ava Hill rounds out the county’s all-state players as she was named to Class 4A’s second team. Hill batted .544 with nine home runs and 43 RBI and helped lead the Lady Tigers to within one win of a spot in the state tournament.

McKenzie McCormick

Brantlee Wortham

Ava Hill

Juliana Lovvorn

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