Eight county players named to All-HHC softball team


Eight Hancock County softball players, including four that were selected to all-state teams by the Softball Coaches Association of Indiana Wednesday, were part of the Hoosier Heritage Conference softball team, released by the league Thursday.

New Palestine’s Aglaia Rudd and Allie Blum, Greenfield-Central’s Camille Burelison and Mt. Vernon’s Shelby Rakosky received honors for the second straight day.

Rudd, who was a first-team all-state choice, and Blum, a second-teamer, were joined on the All-HHC team by teammates Paige Ernstes and Syd Oliver.

Burelison, a second-team all-state pick, was named to the all-conference team with fellow Cougar senior Olivia Roberts.

Rakosky was named third-team all-state on Wednesday. Easton Wampler, the Marauders catcher, and Rakosky were among those selected to the all-league team.

The Dragon quartet helped lead New Palestine to a co-HHC title. New Palestine and Shelbyville each finished the conference season with 6-1 records.

Rudd, a senior catcher who was also named to play in the North/South All-Star game in Bloomington on June 24, hit .573 with 14 doubles, five home runs, and 28 runs batted in. She had 55 totals hits and has struck out just one time in 203 plate appearances over the last two seasons.

Blum, a junior shortstop, drove in 40 runs and had nine home runs and nine doubles. She stole 10 bases and hit .447.

Ernstes, a junior third baseman, hit .443 with nine doubles, six home runs and 28 RBIs.

Oliver, a junior right fielder, had a .486 batting average, second best on the Dragons. She tied with Blum for the team-best total in triples with three. She had a pair of homers and 19 runs batted in.

Burelison and the Cougars handed the Dragons their lone HHC loss. They finished 3-4 in league games and 18-9 overall.

Burelison, a senior outfielder, hit .505 with 10 home runs and 16 doubles. She stole seven bases and drove in 44.

Roberts, another senior outfielder, had a team-high 11 home runs. She hit .386 with eight doubles, 32 RBIs and 38 runs scored.

The Marauders tied for fifth in the HHC with the Cougars. They finished the year 14-11 overall and 3-4 in the HHC.

A junior shortstop, Rakosky had 12 home runs, 11 doubles and hit .506. She also drove in 37 runs.

Wampler, a junior catcher, also had 12 homers and 37 RBIs. She had a .421 batting average.