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Area softball players rack up postseason recognition
Prep Softball
Southeast Bulloch pitcher Alana Barnard fires in a pitch during the 2019 season. Barnard has been named the Class AAA Pitcher of the Year. - photo by JOSH AUBREY/staff

The 2019 softball season was a great one for Bulloch County. Statesboro High won its first ever region title and the Bulloch Academy Gators won their first region since 2011. Portal made it to the postseason for only the second time in school history and the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets won the region and went on to the Class AAA Elite Eight in Columbus. 

It's no surprise that many of the players, and coaches received post-season honors for the work they did this year. Southeast Bulloch head coach Amy Civalier was named coach of the year. Plenty of players at Southeast Bulloch. Statesboro High and Bulloch Academy were named All-Region, and Thursday afternoon the All-State teams were revealed. 

Southeast Bulloch sophomore pitcher Alana Barnard was named as the pitcher of the year  in Class-AAA. Barnard had an ERA of 1.02 with 234 strikeouts. The future looks bright at Southeast Bulloch as two other underclassmen joined Barnard on the All-State team. Freshman catcher Delanie Thames was named to the first team as well. Thames hit .493 with a team leading 15 home runs, 23 stolen bases and 49 RBI's.  Sophomore outfielder Gracie Burgin was the third Yellow Jacket named to the All-State team. Burgin hit .398 with 40 runs scored, 20 stolen bases and 39 hits.

"Alana getting pitcher of the year was amazing considering we did not win the state tournament," said Southeast Bulloch coach Aimee Civalier. "She was however, the only pitcher to beat the eventual state champs in Ringgold in the state tournament. She had a school record 234 strikeouts this year, and is well deserving of the award."

"Delanie making first team as a freshman catcher is also outstanding and well deserved," Civalier said. "Her numbers, and the way she conducts herself on the field has earned her much respect from plenty of coaches. As or Gracie, she is also well deserved of her honor. Gracie hit .500 in the state playoffs, and .400 in Columbus. She is a great player with tremendous speed."

"We are excited to have all three players make the All-State team. The fact that they are all underclassmen is amazing and exciting because we have them or two to three more years to make another state run."

Regan Ellis was the lone member of the Bulloch Academy Gators to be named All-State. The senior catcher will be signing an official letter of intent with ABAC College next week. Ellis hit .453 this season with seven home runs.

Portal senior third baseman Kolbie Motes was names to the Class-A second team All State team. Motes signed a letter of intent last month, and will be attending East Georgia College next fall. Motes hit .352 with a .958 fielding percentage this season.

Statesboro senior pitcher Brinson Anne Rogers was named the Region-2 AAAAA pitcher of the year.

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