The spring of 2017 marked the final season in which at least a pair of Madison County schools will compete in the Mid-State League Ohio Division.
London will still be a member of the league when school resumes in the fall, but West Jefferson will begin play in the Ohio Heritage Conference, joining county rival Madison-Plains which made the move a year ago in all sports except football.
West Jefferson diamond athletes cleaned up on post-season awards in their final season in the MSL, while there were a few London athletes who were also recognized for their accomplishments.
The postseason wasn’t quite what the Lady Roughriders of West Jeff wanted, but the team did finish with a 17-4 record and were 8-2 in the MSL Ohio which earned them a share of their fifth straight league championship.
The Roughriders legacy in the league was cemented with the championship.
“We had another great year and we told the girls they need to be proud of the season they had and that we’re extremely proud of them,” West Jeff coach Jim Stevens said. “They accomplished one of our goals. We are a young team and will come back next year even stronger.”
Perhaps the most significant returnees next year for West Jeff will be sophomore battery of pitcher Isabelle Fisher and catcher Lexi Bowman. Both were named first team All-MSL along with senior Alexis Good.
Another pair of West Jeff sophomores were on the second team, including Haley Kurtz and Brooke Roberts.
The trio of Roughriders who were all-league honorable mention are all scheduled to return, they are juniors Maddie Trein, Harley Keith and Taylor Watts.
London was 7-18 (3-7 in MSL) and finished fifth out of six teams, but junior Taylor Riegel was selected to the MSL first team.
Junior infielder/pitcher Kaitlin Patterson was the school’s only second team pick. Juniors Taylor Holloway (pitcher) and Serena Crawford (pitcher/infielder) as well as senior Macey Mullins (outfield) were honorable mention selections.
The Roughriders (16-10, 9-3) finished second in the league behind champion Bexley.
The team had three first team All-MSL selections including Player of the Year in junior hurler Shane Gray, but perhaps the biggest upside for coach Jason Bogenrife is that nearly every one of his players who received all-league honors is scheduled to return.
Joining Gray on the all-league first team were fellow juniors Justin Gatley (second base) and Cole Howard (first base).
Junior pitcher Lance Lambert and junior outfielder Connor Shields were both second team picks, while junior Jake Boyd and senior Zane Robertson were honorable mention selections.
London’s Stuart Weyrich, a junior, was the Red Raiders lone first team member. Senior Levi Meade was on the second team, while senior Colton Meade and sophomore Cam Greenhill were honorable mention All-MSL.
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