NAUGATUCK - Tug Valley pitcher Autumn Hall received statewide recognition for her performance during her freshman season on Tuesday morning as she was named First Team All-State for Class A by the West Virginia Sportswriters Association.
Hall led the Lady Panthers to their best season in school history during her first varsity season as they posted a 23-13 record and advanced all the way to the Region IV Section II Championship game.
The 23 wins was a school record and it was the first time they had advanced to the section championship game under the current format.
Hall posted absurd numbers in the circle during the 2019 campaign as she started 29 games, finished with an 18-12 record coupled with a 1.98 earned run average and struck out 327 batters in 190 innings pitched.
She struck out double-digit batters in a game 17 times, struck out 15 batters or more seven times and struck out 21 batters in a win against East Ridge on March 23.
She averaged just over 12 strikeouts per seven innings pitched, which is the length of a regulation game in high school softball.
Hall nearly pitched Tug Valley to a win over eventual Class A State Champion Sherman and the Class A Captain in Autumn Thompson as they took the Tide to the wire but fell 2-1 in the Region IV Section II Title game.
The Tide went on to cruise in the State Tournament winning their games over Wheeling Central 8-1 and 8-0, while also knocking off Clay-Battelle by a score of 7-0.
Hall was no one-trick pony, however, as she also posted impressive numbers at the plate.
She finished the season with a .477 batting average from her leadoff position in the lineup, while lashing 14 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 36 runs batted in, 19 stolen bases, and 40 runs scored.
She led the team in every offensive category, except for home runs, as fellow freshman Emily Hatfield clubbed 7 during her first varsity season to lead the Lady Panthers in long balls.
Hatfield, who played catcher and shortstop for first year coach Rocky Hall, was also recognized by the Sportswriters Association as she was named to the Special Honorable Mention list.
She hit .354 on the year and had seven doubles, 32 runs batted in, and scored 37 runs to go along with her team leading seven long balls.
Hatfield also showed some speed as she stole 12 bags on the year while also being solid defensively only committing two errors, while throwing out nine potential base stealers from behind the plate.
The Lady Panthers should have a good chance to return to the Region IV Section II Championship game once again in the 2020 season, as they will return everybody next season expect senior Caylee Akers who was lost to graduation.
Jarrid McCormick is a sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He can be reached by email at jmccormick@HDmediaLLC.com.