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Holly Brehm did not wrap up her high school career the way she wanted, at the state softball tournament in Vienna.

But that was the only thing the hard-throwing Wyoming East pitcher did not do, and the honors are still coming in for the recently graduated Brehm.

On Thursday she was named a first-team all-state pitcher, marking her fourth consecutive year being named to the first-team squad, selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association (WVSWA).

"It's really hard to get on all-state in the first place, whether it is first team or second team or any team," Brehm said. "There are a lot of great players out there. It is an honor to make the team for four straight years."

Her statistics made it an easy choice. She was 21-5 on the mound this season, with an 0.64 earned run average and 353 strikeouts, one of the top marks in the state. She had 16 shutouts, nine no-hitters and one perfect game.

Her catcher, Paige Laxton, was named a special mention selection and shortstop Olivia Hylton was named to the honorable mention team.

Both are freshman and integral parts of the future for the Warriors.

Laxton hit .338 in her first high school season, with two home runs, 18 RBIs and 18 runs scored. She also walked 15 times.

But she made her biggest impact on defense, where she showed her mettle. She suffered a hand injury at the midpoint in the season and missed a few games and the Warriors missed her bat and her defense. She returned to the lineup and played though the pain.

"She is a tough player and she showed that this season," Brehm said. "She does a great job behind the plate and she was also a big hitter for us this season."

Hylton also made a mark on the defensive side, playing out of position at shortstop because of need for a team with an 11-player roster.

"She really helped us out because we didn't have a shortstop," Brehm noted. "We all knew she wasn't a shortstop and we told her at the beginning of the season not to worry and do the best you can and that is exactly what she did and you really can't ask for more."

She finished the season hitting for a .333 average with three home runs, 18 RBIs and 15 runs scored. Brehm said she will spend the summer giving lessons to young area players and will play in five tournaments with her travel team and she will play in the North-South Softball Game on Thursday, June 13, at Glenville. She said it was a tough blow, not making a third straight state tournament appearance.

"I really wanted to get back to states and win a game at the state tournament, but some things are not meant to be," said Brehm, an honor graduate with the Class of 2019 at Wyoming East. "I just had to look at it as I still have a lot of softball yet to be played."

That includes her next career stop at Ohio University, where she will be a pitcher for the Bobcats.

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