HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Ford named POY; Horn earns coaching honor

Pikeville senior Emily Ford left her mark on the Lady Panthers program during her career in the circle. 

She capped her final season with 263 strikeouts and walked just 36 batters, finishing as the school’s all-time strikeout and wins leader. 

At the plate, she hit .388, with 45 hits and 32 RBIs. 

Ford was honored as Mountain Top Sports’ Player of the Year. 

The first team selections included Pike Central sophomore hurler Chloe Hannah who was named captain. The second team is led by Shelby Valley infielder Riley Fleming. 

Lawrence County coach Kenny Horn was the runaway choice as Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Bulldogs to a region-best 29-7 record. 

Here are the 2022 Mountain Top Sports All-Area softball teams: 

Player of the Year: Emily Ford, Sr., Pikeville 

Coach of the Year: Kenny Horn, Lawrence County 


P – Chloe Hannah, So., Pike Central (Capt.) 

P – Maddie Vaughn, Jr., Johnson Central 

P – Taylor Blevins, 8th, Lawrence County 

P – Cadyn Roberson, 8th, Floyd Central 

C – Danielle Crum, So., Lawrence County 

C – Ginna Jones, So., Pikeville 

INF – Olivia Bowling, Sr., Shelby Valley 

INF – Livia Sanders, So., Pike Central 

INF – Kensley Feltner, Jr., Lawrence County 

INF – Kelcie Adams, Sr., Pikeville 

INF – Randi Delong, So., Johnson Central 

OF – Abigail McDougal, Jr., Letcher Central  

OF – Abigail Williams, Sr., Johnson Central 

OF – Brittany Thompson, Sr., Martin County 

OF – Molly Music, So., Paintsville 

OF – Izzi Rose, Jr., Pikeville 

UTL – Bree Jones, Fr., Lawrence County 

UTL – Josie Adkins, So., Shelby Valley 

UTL – Taylor Hannah, Jr., Pike Central 

UTL – Emily Adkins, Jr., Shelby Valley 


P – Lily Napier, Sr., Shelby Valley 

P – Laney Bledsoe, So., Paintsville 

P – Molly Fahm, 7th, Belfry 

C – Mayson Delong, Fr., Johnson Central 

C – Autumn Wampler, Jr., Letcher Central 

C – Kyra Looney, Jr., Shelby Valley 

C – Jae-leigh Bates, Jr., Jenkins 

INF – Chelsea Johnson, So., Floyd Central 

INF – Cassidy Slater, Jr., Pikeville 

INF – Clara Blair, Sr., Johnson Central 

INF – Riley Fleming, Fr. Shelby Valley (Capt.) 

INF – Kendal Hall, Sr., Johnson Central 

INF – Linzee Phillips, Sr., Belfry 

OF – Tori Holcomb, Sr., Letcher Central 

OF – Brynnlyn Smith, Jr., Martin County 

OF – Shana Ray, So., Pikeville 

OF – Abby Nelson, So., Lawrence County 

UTL – Natalie Fite, So., Belfry 

UTL – Grace Martin, Sr., Floyd Central 

UTL – Abigail Hess, Fr., Pike Central 

UTL – Jada Slone, Sr., Prestonsburg 

HONORABLE MENTION: Shelby Blevins, Lawrence County; Emalie Tackett, Pike Central; Jaden Bowling, Claire Gamble, Johnson Central; Olivia Bowling, Macy Salyers, Shelby Valley; Hannah Akers, Olivia Bowling, Pikeville;  

Myra Bevins, Cameron Childers, Belfry; Scarlett McCarty, Katie Howard, Magoffin County; Ashley Wells, Mattie Ratliff, Paintsville; Hannah Lewis, Allyson Stumbo, Emma Dudleson, Floyd Central; Mackenzie Nantz, Chloe Wampler, Scarlett Stamper, Letcher Central. 

Anna Eldrige, Skye Brown, Alexis Richie, Jenkins; Hannah Stacy, Zoie Hinkle, Martin County; Abby Simpson, Kierstin Coleman, East Ridge; Celina Mullins, Rachel Roberts, Lainie Prater, Prestonsburg; Shanda Kinder, Ivy Layne, Phelps; Emily Johnson, Betsy Layne.