Lady Choctaws Wilkerson, Ray selected to TSCA Class 3A All-State Team

Sunday, June 9, 2024
Maddie Claire Wilkerson

JASON PEEVYHOUSE

jpeevyhouse@stategazette.com

Just a couple weeks after helping lead their team to the TSSAA Class 3A State Semifinals in Murfreesboro, a pair of Dyer County softball players have been honored by the Tennessee Softball Coaches Association for their efforts on the field during the 2024 season with selections to the Class 3A All-State Team.

Kierstyn Ray

Dyer County senior Maddie Claire Wilkerson and freshman Kierstyn Ray were among the players from across the state picked for the honor following the 2024 season.

Wilkerson anchored the Lady Choctaw pitching staff, going 13-5 with two saves during 36 appearances. The Dyer County senior threw 144.2 innings this season for the Lady Choctaws, striking out 85 batters along the way. Wilkerson sported an ERA of 2.032 while holding opponents to a .206 batting average.

Wilkerson was also pretty handy at the plate, batting .252 from the No. 2 hole with 10 doubles, a triple and a home run while driving in 22. In the field, she had a fielding percentage of .943.

“Maddie Claire had her senior season be her best season for us,” Dyer County Head Coach Shanna O’Bright said.  “She stepped up at the plate and on the mound. She came up big for us several times this season.

“She will be missed!”

Freshman Ray made an impact during her first season at the high school level, starting at centerfield for the Lady Choctaws.

At the plate, Ray lead the team in batting average (.401), hits (65), triples (2), runs scored (39), stolen bases (11) and on base percentage (.443). In the field, her fielding percentage was .976, good for third on the team.

“Kierstyn had a phenomenal freshman season,” O’Bright said. “A true lead off. She is always a hard out and plays an incredible center field. I am excited for her softball future.”

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