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Local quartet joins star-studded cast for final game

Local quartet joins star-studded cast for final game
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Turns out, a handful of local senior softball standouts have not played their final prep game.
The South Fulton trio of Haley McKinney, Marina Barclay and Macy Maxwell, along with Kaitlyn Wheeles of Union City, have been selected to participate in the third annual West Tennessee High School All-Star Game in Jackson Thursday.
The contest will be played at the West Tennessee Healthcare Complex and will begin at 4 p.m.
All four Obion County players will be members of the ‘Blue’ squad that will be opposed by a ‘Gold’ team that will include three players from perennial rural West Tennessee Class 1A powerhouse Trinity Christian Academy.
The local representation continues a trend since the series was started a couple of years ago as both SF and UC have had players picked for the game that regularly attracts college coaches who scout unsigned players.
McKinney heads the South Fulton contingent after completing a high school career that will go down as the most-decorated in Devilette history.
Already a two-time all-stater, she posted a 23-3 pitching record in her senior campaign with a 0.89 earned run average for a SF club that won a school-record 36 games. She also hit .496.
Barclay and Maxwell were a pair of sluggers who occupied the middle of the Devilette batting order and finished 1-2 on the team in home runs while also driving in several runs as three-year starters.
Both caught McKinney at various times, with Barclay playing third base, too, and Maxwell seeing time at first when not behind the plate.
All three South Fulton players were named to the 14A all-district team.
Wheeles was the only senior for Union City, which finished runnerup to SF in 14A and made it to the regional semifinals for the third time in four seasons.
She led the Lady Tornadoes in runs scored, was second in on-base percentage and third in batting average.
Wheeles signed with Austin Peay, where she will continue her playing career.
Jackson State’s Michael Winders will coach the Blue squad, while Todd Humphrey of Freed-Hardeman will oversee the Gold roster.
In conjunction with the softball game, the Jackson Generals will host the annual West Tennessee High School All Star Baseball Game 6 p.m.at Pringles Park.
Greenfield’s Heath Crouse and Gatlin Hatchel of Dresden were selected to participate in that contest.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by email at mhutch@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 6.5.12

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