2023 All-5 Star Preps Softball Team
Elsa Morrison, Farragut: A sophomore transfer from Indiana, Morrison more than lived up to her billing as an elite talent at catcher. She batted .596 in 40 games with 23 homers, 72 RBI and an off-the-charts slugging percentage of 1.511. Walked 51 times and had an on-base-percentage of .740. Named Tennessee Gatorade State Player of the Year for softball.
Atiana Stamper, Halls: The sophomore emerged as one of the most dominant pitchers in the 5Star Preps coverage area. Compiled an 11-2 record (0.86 ERA) with 223 strikeouts and just 22 walks in 114 innings pitched.
Lacey Keck, Gibbs: The 10th grader won a school-record 35 games as the Lady Eagles advanced to the state 3A semifinals and finished 39-6. Her win total ranked No. 3 in the nation. Keck compiled a 1.98 ERA and had 200 strikeouts in 219.1 innings. She also batted .395 and drove in 42 runs.
Izzie Hayes, Heritage: The District 4-4A Pitcher of the Year, Hayes fashioned a 9-4-1 record. The junior also played outfield and batted .348 with an on-base-percentage of .814.
Halle Bailey, Alcoa: Freshman shortstop compiled a lofty .616 batting average with 75 runs scored. Bailey was 18 of 25 at the plate in the postseason, batting .720. She stole 32 bases in 33 attempts and was named District 2-AA Player of the Year.
Emery Bales, Halls: The other half of the Lady Red Devils’ outstanding sophomore pitching staff, Bales went 13-3 with a 1.23 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 119 innings of work. She also batted .402 and knocked in 47 runs.
Malyiah Smith, Gibbs: The sophomore shortstop led the Lady Eagles in four categories offensively. She hit a team-high .508 with 56 runs scored, 41 stolen bases and three triples.
Hailey Brooks, Grace Christian: Brooks, a junior, was named all-state for the third consecutive year after batting .523 with 17 home runs, 17 doubles, 48 RBI and 67 runs scored. She graduated early and will play in college at Southeastern in Florida.
Addison Pressley, Farragut: One of three all-state selections for the Lady Admirals, Pressley batted .406, scored 48 runs and registered 26 RBI. The junior is a Cornell commitment.
Lainey Fitzgerald, Meigs County: Lady Tigers junior all-state pitcher averaged 1.7 strikeouts per inning and fashioned a miniscule 0.88 ERA.
Briony Bunsic, Morristown West: Was named IMAC Conference Player of the Year in 2023. Has racked up 38 wins and more than 400 strikeouts in her first two seasons. The sophomore also led the Lady Trojans in five batting categories this season. She hit for a .454 average and compiled a 1.70 ERA on the mound.
Sailor Presley, Kingston: One of the top ninth graders in the state, Presley was the 2023 District 3-AA Player of the Year. She went 20-3 on the mound with a 0.40 ERA, which was the second lowest in the state. Presley fanned 266 batters in just 138.2 innings pitched. She also batted .468.
Jordann Reagan, Gibbs: Senior leaves a legacy as one of the top catchers in school history. She batted .396 and had team highs for home runs (10) and RBI (44). Reagan also set a Gibbs record by drawing 41 walks.
Malaney Etherton, Carter: One of the top freshmen two-way players in the state, Etherton was a star on the mound and at second base. She compiled a 13-4 record (1.92 ERA) while batting .471 with 26 RBI.
Meagan Armstrong, Oliver Springs: Senior Lady Bobcats standout hit for average and power. She batted .623 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI.
Ava Guzowski, Farragut: Senior all-state selection batted .452 with nine home runs and 53 RBI as the Lady Admirals finished 33-7 and took fifth place in the 4A state tournament.
Olivia Emert, Alcoa: Junior catcher batted .433 and knocked in 46 runs to earn all-state honors as the Lady Tornadoes went 36-9 and advanced to the state tournament again.
Blair Cherry, Catholic: A senior catcher, Cherry earned all state honors in DII-AA. She batted .667 and finished with a 1.457 slugging percentage. Threw out 48 percent of runners who attempted to steal.
Emma MacTavish, Farragut: Lady Admirals junior pitching staff ace finished 19-5 with a 2.21 ERA and 123 Ks in 139 innings of work.
Kayla Rucker, Carter: Strong-armed junior shortstop hit .469 with six home runs, 38 RBI and 40 runs scored.
Ella Wampler, Morristown East: The sophomore power hitter broke the school single-season home run standard (14). She also drove in 45 runs and hit for a .442 average.
Dakota Large, Gibbs: Junior outfielder batted .448, scored 48 runs and drove in 33 runs.
Makaylie Hutchison, Halls: Sophomore batted .375 with 14 doubles, 25 RBI and 26 runs scored for the Lady Red Devils.
Alyssa Maples, Karns: Standout junior pitcher helped the Lady Beavers claim the District 3-4A championship – the first district title for Karns since 2012.
Emma Keck, Gibbs: Senior second baseman hit .381 for the Lady Eagles. She scored 36 runs, had 34 RBI and had 11 doubles. Signed with Walters State.
Kylee Thomas, Heritage: Will play for Chattanooga State in college. Hit .376 with a slugging percentage of .594 her senior season.
Katelyn Russell, Heritage: Freshman combo player batted .377 and compiled a 12-3 pitching record for the Lady Mountaineers, who were eliminated in the state sectionals by eventual 4A state runner-up Daniel Boone.
Kacey Pillion, Lakeway Christian: A sophomore catcher/third baseman, Pillion batted .447 and earned DII-A all-state accolades.
Caitlyn Brown, Karns: Sophomore outfielder batted .404 and was named District 3-4A tournament MVP.
Katie Fultz, Lakeway Christian: The four-year starter is headed to LMU. She batted .439 and won 11 games for the Lions her senior season.
Leslie Hensley, Powell: Talented junior catcher batted .408 and drove in 38 runs for coach Jeff Inman’s Lady Panthers.
Lily Marsh, Alcoa: The junior fashioned a 22-5 pitching record and was named District 2-AA Newcomer of the Year.
Bree McKamey, Clinton: Junior pitcher/left fielder was one of the reasons the Lady Dragons were perhaps the most-improved team in the area. McKamey has 468 career strikeouts. Clinton took powerhouse Gibbs to the limit before falling in the Region 2-AAA semifinals, 2-1.
Addison Oliver, Harriman: Hard-hitting all-state pick compiled a .500 batting average and a 1.243 slugging percentage. Oliver clubbed 12 homers and drove in 47 runs.
Shelby Armstrong, Karns: A senior shortstop, the North Alabama signee has been one of the top players in the 5 Star Preps coverage area for the past several years.
Savanna Melo, Gibbs: The versatile sophomore first baseman posted a .388 batting average. She scored 30 runs and had an on-base-percentage of .462.
Laney Shrader, Farragut: Hit .353 with seven homers and 41 RBI.
Portlynn Bennett, Heritage: A freshman catcher, Bennett hit .329 and was named All-District 4-4A.
Jessica Clark, Kingston: The UV-Wise signee played shortstop and batted .368 with a .882 slugging percentage.
Katie Whitaker, Lakeway Christian: An Emory & Henry signee, the first baseman/outfielder batted .435 for the Lions her senior season.
Rianna Boone, Powell: One of the up-and-coming pitchers in the area, Boone went 11-8 her freshman season. She had a 3.12 ERA and fanned 151 batters in just 98.2 innings of work.
Da’ja Casby, Catholic: Freshman shortstop batted .632 with six triples for the Lady Irish.
Morgan Dyer, Union County: An all-state selection, the junior utility player batted .442 and was named District 2-AA Offensive Player of the Year.
Gabby Burkhart, Alcoa: The District 2-AA Co-Pitcher of the Year, Burkhart was 12-2 with a 2.49 ERA.
Hailee Hartsell, Cocke County: The freshman two-way standout was 21-5 on the mound with a 1.93 ERA. She batted .379.
Shylee Weeks, Cosby: The TSWA all-state selection has a career .450-plus batting average for the Lady Eagles.
Anna Garland, Harriman: All-state centerfielder batted .541 with 11 doubles and five triples for the Lady Blue Devils.
Cami Wade, McMinn County: Batted .597 and won eight games for the Lady Cherokees in 2023.
Braylen Melton, Wartburg: Lady Bulldogs freshman batted .562, knocked in 44 runs and was a perfect 26-for-26 in stolen bases.
Emma Myatt, Claiborne: The senior two-way standout batted .519 and fanned 101 batters in 58 innings on the mound.
Mikoal Stephens, South-Doyle: Junior catcher/third baseman hit .513 for the Lady Cherokees.
Maely Ingram, Elizabethton: Senior leadoff hitter batted .444 with 10 doubles, seven triples and 44 runs scored for the Lady Cyclones.
Zakiyah Baylis, Rockwood: Junior shortstop batted .486 for the Lady Tigers.