2015 All-State Softball: Laurel’s Green earns third first-team honor

Laurel's Regan Green’s recorded 844 strikeouts in 417.1 career innings, an ERA of 0.671 and a record of 48-8. She was named the Gatorade state Player of the Year two seasons in a row. (Deloaware State News file photo)

Laurel’s Regan Green’s recorded 844 strikeouts in 417.1 career innings, an ERA of 0.671 and a record of 48-8. She was named the Gatorade state Player of the Year two seasons in a row. (Delaware State News file photo)

If Regan Green were only a pitcher, her stats would be impressive enough.

Likewise, if the Laurel High senior only hit, she’d probably still be a first-team All-Stater.

But the fact that Green is so dominant at both parts of the game left no doubt that she was one of the best high school softball players in the state again this spring.

Green earned first-team All-State honors for the third-straight year to top a 2015 All-State squad that featured nine Henlopen Conference players on the 20-player first team. State champion Polytech had three first-teamers while Henlopen champion Delmar had two.

About the only thing Green didn’t do this season was lead the Bulldogs to a third-straight state title. But Laurel still went 18-3 and reached the state semifinals.

Probably Green’s most gaudy stat was her 269 strikeouts in 116 regular-season innings. She was the only pitcher in the state to strike out more than 190 batters.

The righthander surrendered just 14 runs — only six of which were earned — and just 31 hits. Green walked only 11 batters, the lowest total among the state’s top pitchers.

Green’s career numbers included 844 strikeouts in 417.1 innings, an ERA of 0.671 and a record of 48-8. She was named the Gatorade state Player of the Year two seasons in a row.

“I’ve never seen anybody as good as Regan in 20 years,” Padua coach Pete Boyer said in a press release from Gatorade. “We only managed two hits off her in our state tournament game. Not only is Green a first-team All-State pitcher, but she also hit a ball 20 feet beyond the fence like it was nothing, so we intentionally walked her the two other times.

“Like I told the paper afterward, ‘If she was up with the bases loaded, I’d still intentionally walk her.’ What Green can do is really special.”

After already winning back-to-back state crowns, Laurel coach Jodi Green thought there was less pressure on Regan this season.

“It was nice knowing that I had per presence on the mound,” said Jodi Green. “And it was also nice because I know she works all season — she doesn’t have a choice with her mom as the coach. That helps, when kids work all year long. It’s a benefit.

“Last year, after winning the first state championship, everybody would say, ‘Oh, you’re going to do it this year.’ Those things don’t just happen. This year I think she wanted to have fun. We knew our lineup wasn’t quite as strong as in the past.”

On a Bulldog squad that posted 12 shutouts in 18 regular-season games, Green shouldered a lot of offensive responsibility, too.

Batting a team-leading .436, she had 18 RBI and 17 runs scored in 17 games. Green also hit five homeruns to give her a school-record 16 along with 85 RBI for her career.

Green isn’t expected to bat in college, where she’ll continue her career at Mississippi State.

“It’s kind of sad,” said Jodi Green. “But she’s fine. She plays travel ball and she doesn’t hit there.”

Polytech had only three seniors on its roster this spring and all three of them made first-team All-State. That group included outfielders Kailey Perry and Brandi Dalious along with pitcher Shaina Reed, an at-large selection.

Perry hit .509 with 21 runs scored and six RBI. She struck out just once in the regular season, stole six bases and had 13 putouts in the field.
Dalious batted .429 with 22 runs scored, 21 RBI and four homers.

Like Green, Reed was just as dangerous at the plate as she was in the circle. As a pitcher, the senior struck out 178 and gave up only eight earned runs in 109 regular-season innings.

At the plate, Reed hit .552 with 23 RBI and 25 runs to lead the Panthers in all three categories. She also had 11 extra-base hits, including four triples.

Led by state Coach of the Year Michelle Niblett, Delmar went 18-3, won the Henlopen crown and reached the state semifinals.

Wildcat senior Ashton Riddle earned first-team All-State honors at second base after hitting .542 with 22 runs scored and 16 RBI. She also had 38 putouts and 13 assists with only two errors in the field.

Delmar outfielder Avery Wheatley was an at-large selection after hitting .464 with 24 runs, 12 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 21 attempts.

Another at-large pick, Dover catcher Monica Joseph made an impact in her one season as a Senator after transferring from Polytech. The lefthander hit .405 with six homeruns, 18 RBI and 11 runs scored.

Woodbridge senior pitcher Haley Andrews finished up her stellar high school career by earning at-large All-State honors. In the circle, she struck out 190 batters in 110 innings.

Andrews also hit .460 with four homers and 15 runs scored as the Raiders made the state tournament.

Sussex Central junior second baseman Brooke Stoeckel was one of eight underclassmen among the top 20 All-Staters. She hit .415 with 16 runs, 10 RBI and seven stolen bases while recording 41 putouts in the field.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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