NEW RICHMOND - Wyoming East honored its three seniors Thursday evening in a ceremony before its game with Mount View.
Holly Brehm has been a four-year starter and holds every pitching record at the school and several hitting records as well.
It was an emotional ceremony for Brehm, who will go on to pitch at Ohio University.
"Over the last four years, (coach) Doc and Norma (Warner) have always been so supportive of me and thinking of me as one of their own," Brehm said. "Knowing that I don't have much time left with them is kind of sad. I'm thankful for Norma especially for always getting stuff for us - doing this and that for us. She is always on her A game with that."
Brehm also relished the four years of playing on a team where her dad was an assistant coach.
She noted her parents, Juli and J.R., for helping her hone her game.
"And next year he won't be there," she said. "Well, he'll be at the games but in the stands, not on the field with me. And that's sad."
"She's by far the best I've ever coached," Warner said. "We knew going into a game if we scored a couple of runs (with her on the mound) we had a shot. We played Hoover last year and they beat us 2-1. We played Sissonville, Hurricane. It was 1-0 going into the sixth and Hurricane hit a home run."
Brehm has won a school record 73 games in her career. This year she recorded her 1,000th strikeout against Logan. In a second game against the Wildcats she struck out 29 in a 12-inning game. The state record is 33 in a 13-inning contest by Chapmanville's Andi Williamson. She has 307 strikeouts this season and is 19-3 on the mound with an ERA under 0.10. Brehm has only given up two earned runs all season. She had eight no-hitters and 15 shutouts.
Her hitting is sometimes overlooked because of her outstanding pitching numbers. But she is the team's leading hitter with a .453 average. She had 29 hits, more than she surrendered between the circle, with 10 doubles, a triple and six home runs. She had 17 home runs in her career. She scored 29 runs and drove in 29.
"There are a few moments (that stand out)," Brehm said. "Beating Sissonville my freshman year. My sophomore year going to the state tournament. And then my 1,000th strikeout. All three of those stand out - they are a good memory to keep."
Jazz Blankenship is a two-year player on the softball team. She is better known for her efforts in basketball, where she was a three-time all-state performer and she holds the game, season and career 3-point records.
She will attend Concord where she will play basketball.
"I haven't been with them for four years but to know they think of me like this, after just two years, is something special," Blankenship said.
"She had fun for two years," Warner said of the always amped up Blankenship. "If she had played for all four years she would have been one of the best players in the state in the outfield because of her athletic ability. She was an outfielder but she could also play second base and she did that. Her and Miranda (Hurley) are two of the best outfielders around but they are playing other positions (to help the team)."
Blankenship, who hit her first career home run in the Warriors 2-0 regular-season finale victory against Greenbrier East, hit .364. She had three doubles, 19 runs and seven RBI.
Blankenship joked that she didn't cry during the ceremony, instead pointing to her teammate Brehm, who did. But she said it was nonetheless emotional "knowing that my high school sports are almost over."
"Honestly I can't remember one single (softball) highlight that stands out," Blankenship said. "I just like coming out here to play. To be able to come out here and play with my friends has really been the highlight."
Kelsey Green only played one year for the Lady Warriors, but she was valuable.
Warner said he at first figured she would be a player to at least give the Warriors a little depth with 11 players on the roster.
"But she ended up being one of our best hitters," Warner said.
"My Senior Night means a lot to me because I'm beside all my friends," Green said. "I played volleyball with a few of them and I played basketball in middle school with a few of them and it meant something to have all of them here with me."
"She came in and said she couldn't hit," Warner said. "That's what everybody said, 'She can't hit.' She came out of the chute hitting. Then she got to where she could catch the ball. Athletic, can run, catch a fly ball, hey, you get to play."
Green said her first home run a week prior was a definite highlight.
"I truly didn't know I hit it, I just ran to first and stopped," Green said. "Then Doc told me to keep going so I just kept running."
Green hit .263 with a double, triple and home run and she drove in 14 runs and scored 10.
As for the game, the three seniors all made key contributions.
Brehm was her solid self between the circle, not allowing a hit through five innings in the shutout. She walked one, the first batter of the game, and struck out 11. She also had a double and scored two runs.
Green drove in a couple of runs in the contest, including what turned out to be the game winner.
Blankenship turned in a couple of slick plays at second base, including a 3-4 putout when she covered first. A 3-4 isn't rare on a bunt, but this was a shot between the first and second base hole and she was able to get from her position to cover the bag.
The Warriors also honored seven seniors with the Mount View team.