Seitz wins All-County Player of the Year

Oak Mountain's Caroline Seitz is the 2013 Shelby County Reporter All-County Softball Player of the Year.

Oak Mountain’s Caroline Seitz is the 2013 Shelby County Reporter All-County Softball Player of the Year. (Contributed/Ryan Greenwood)

By DREW GRANTHUM / Sports Writer

NORTH SHELBY It’s safe to say that leadership comes in two forms: tangible and intangible. The first comes in the shape of statistics, wins and accolades. The second comes in moments when a team can be lifted by the attitude, mindset and performance of an individual who sees an opportunity to change the game and takes it.

Oak Mountain senior Caroline Seitz, the 2013 Shelby County Reporter All-County Softball Player of the Year, possesses both forms.

Her offensive statistics alone are impressive, as she batted .446 on the year, knocking in 12 home runs and 64 RBIs. Once she got on, she stole 27 bases.

She led the team in nine offensive categories, and finished her career with a school-record 37 home runs.

While Seitz’s production at the plate established her as the Eagles’ go-to player, Oak Mountain head coach Kellie Eubanks said her actions made her a team leader.

“She’s a great team player,” she said. “She’s very selfless. She became a leader for us in every category.”

Eubanks also said that Seitz’s way of performing on the field gave the rest of the team someone to look to in tough spots. Eubanks said there was a game during the regional rounds where Seitz’s attitude in particular lifted the rest of the team.

“It’s always great to have a player like Caroline,” she said. “When she gets on board, everyone follows her lead. It’s nice.”

In addition to the being the Reporter’s Player of the Year, she was also a selected as a member of the Alabama Sports Writers’ Association’s Class 6A All-State team. During her senior season she led the Eagles to the AHSAA Class 6A South Central Regional Semifinals, where they fell to Thompson, 6-2.

Eubanks said Seitz’s future, which includes playing softball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs on a scholarship, will be one to watch.

“I think she has a bright future,” she said. “She is a great player. I see her contributing over there.”

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2013 All-County Team

C: Sarah Beth Holdbrooks, Thompson, Jr.

IF: Morgan Reed, Briarwood, Jr.

IF: Brianna Buie, Shelby County, Sr.

IF: Emily Spain, Pelham, Jr.

IF: Jordan Gray, Chelsea, Sr.

OF: Amanda Ballew, Spain Park, Sr.

OF: Maygen Boaz, Chelsea, Sr.

OF: Carmyn Greenwood, Oak Mountain, Fr.

UT: Kimber McGibony, Calera, Sr.

UT: Becky Fox, Pelham, Jr.

P: Kaitlyn Paschall, Shelby County, Jr.

P: Whitney Gillespie, Pelham, Sr.

P: Haley Crumpton, Thompson, Soph.

P: Kaylyn Ingram, Kingwood, Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Briarwood: Rachel Walz, Ashlyn Boyd

Calera: Shelby Clark, Charley Clark

Chelsea: Erin Jones and Joslyn Johnston

Evangel: Anna Vaughn, Jessyca Ray and Jordan Swindle

Indian Springs: Caroline Malone

Kingwood: Kendall Jonesof, and Blair Holsombeck

Montevallo: Destiny Upton

Oak Mountain: Madeline Porter, Ashlee Sanders and Anne Thomaston

Pelham: Caitlyn Sapp, Maddie Walker and Kristian Foster

Thompson: Ashleigh Short and Ashley Deavers

Vincent: Jameia White, Ashlynn Melton and Makalla Odom