All-Area Softball: Reese Poston named Eagle-Gazette Softball Player of the Year

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Lancaster sophomore Reese Poston is the 2022 Eagle-Gazette softball Player of the Year.
Lancaster sophomore Reese Poston is the 2022 Eagle-Gazette softball Player of the Year.

LANCASTER — There were several standout individual performances during the high school softball season, but one stood out above the rest.

Lancaster sophomore Reese Poston had an outstanding season in the circle and at the plate. For her efforts, Poston is the 2022 Eagle-Gazette Softball Player of the Year.

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Lancaster’s Allie Kinniard, who guided the Lady Gales to a 25-2 overall record, a 10-0 mark in the Ohio Capital Conference-Buckeye Division, as well as winning a Central District Division I championship, and Lancaster’s first-ever trip to a regional final, is the Eagle-Gazette Softball Coach of the Year.

With Poston leading the way, the Lady Gales finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in the state in the Ohio High School Softball Coaches Association Division I poll.

Poston was able to get it done at the plate and in the circle and seemed to be at her best when the pressure was at its highest. What separates Poston apart from most pitchers is her ability to remain focused and locked in, regardless if something doesn’t go her way.

“When she is in the circle, it is 100 percent focus and if something doesn’t go her way, she does the complete opposite of what most players do,” Kinniard said. “She doesn’t get down on herself, and she uses that as motivation to make herself better.”

Poston was named first team All-Ohio, first team All-District and first team All-OCC. She pitched 100.1 innings and had 172 strikeouts and finished with an outstanding 1.32 ERA. At the plate, she batted .321 with 26 hits, including seven doubles and six home runs.

Poston fired a two-hitter and struck out 10 in a district final win over Olentangy Orange, and then followed it up with a 1-0 win over Gahanna in a regional semifinal win, which saw her hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. She limited the Lions to only two hits.

“Reese is the biggest competitor on this team,” Kinniard said. “When we get to the ballpark, she is ready to go, and 100 percent focused and locked in. She is very disciplined in everything she does, whether it is hitting or pitching. I cannot put into words how special that type of player is.”

Eagle-Gazette All-Area Softball Team

Player of the Year: Reese Poston, Lancaster

Coach of the Year: Allie Kinniard, Lancaster

FIRST TEAM

REESE POSTON, Lancaster

LEXI PAULSEN, Bloom-Carroll

BAYLEE MIRGON, Berne Union

ADDISON STEM, Fairfield Christian

ANNABELLE FARMER, Lancaster

REESE PITTMAN, Bloom-Carroll

ABBI HINTZ, Berne Union

ASHLIN MOWERY, Lancaster

SKYLAR SMITH, Lancaster

MADISON CLAUSS, Fairfield Christian

MORGAN WOLFE, Fairfield Union

HANNAH BROWN, Berne Union

SECOND TEAM

RYLAN BROWN, Lancaster

MEGAN TOOILL, Amanda-Clearcreek

MADI GREFE, Bloom-Carroll

JESSIE SPURLING, Lancaster

NEVAEH SMITH, Fairfield Union

MADYSON REDINGER, Berne Union

EMMA SMELTZER, Fairfield Union

MCKENZIE SAGER, Millersport

ALEE BRUNTY, Liberty Union

ALEXA LUKE, Bloom-Carroll

VANESSA FUNK, Fisher Catholic

CLAIRE WHITCRAFT, Bloom-Carroll

HONORABLE MENTION

Zhari Hill and Lily Stoughton, Lancaster; Sophia Gleim, Bloom-Carroll; Josilyn Hedges and Ava Grace Hintz, Berne Union; Caitlyn Blair, Fairfield Christian; Peyton Hochradel, Liberty Union; Kaylee Emswiller, Fairfield Union; Carly Singleton and Keirsten Williams, Amanda-Clearcreek; Jayda Dixon, Fisher Catholic; Alexis Barch and Emily Blevins, Millersport.

Tom Wilson is a sports reporter for the Lancaster Eagle Gazette. Contact him at 740-689-5150 or via email at twilson@gannett.com for comments or story tips. Follow him on Twitter @twil2323.

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