All-State

Allison Edwards will represent Duncan on the Large West All-State team.

Ron Booth
The Duncan Banner

For the majority of area softball players, the season came to an end last month. For a select few, the show will go on.

Duncan senior Allison Edwards and Comanche senior Shayna Milam were represented to represent their team in the Oklahoma Fast-Pitch Softball Coaches Association All-State Game June 12 at the University of Oklahoma.

Edwards was named to the Large West as a utility player and Milam was named to the Middle West team as a utility player as well.

Duncan’s Madison Pewitt also garnered accolades, being named to the team as an alternate. Edwards, Pewitt and Alison Carter were each named All-Region after helping lead the Lady Demon softball team to the state tournament.

“It’s an honor to represent my school,” Edwards said. “I thought it would be cool to be named to the All-State team and the recognition is great.”

Edwards was the starting catcher for Duncan this season, taking over for departed All-State catcher Sarah Harper. Despite having no experience at the position, Edwards was able to set herself apart from other softball players in the state and gain All-State honors.

“I moved to catcher and I didn’t think that I would have the opportunity to All-State,” Edwards said. “I liked it because you would catch and feel like you had done your part. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I thought it would be real difficult, but Tony (Pewitt) worked with me.”

Edwards will be joined at the All-State game by several players that she competed against throughout the course of career. In terms of knowing what to expect, she is uncertain. She is just ready to play.

“I imagine it will be fun,” Edwards said. “I have talked to a few people about it. I would rather play catcher or outfield but it doesn’t matter. I will be happy playing anywhere.”

For Milam, making the All-State team was the culmination of four years of hard work. The senior was the leader of the Comanche softball team, playing primarily in the circle and hitting leadoff.

“I was really excited when I found out,” Milam said. “I worked toward it for years. It is an honor to play in the big game.”

Milam was the only senior on the Comanche team this season and helped lead the team to the regional tournament. She was named Lake County Conference Pitcher of the Year despite missing games because of an injury.

“It was tough,” Milam said. “I wanted to be conference champions two years in a row but it set us back and it also set our record back.”

For the past year, Milam has worked on her hitting, taking lessons on Wednesday. She has also been pitching three times a week in preparation of playing softball for Vernon Junior College.

Like Edwards, she is looking forward to playing in the game as a utility player.

“I like making it as a utility player because it gives you options as a player,” she said.

Pewitt will be of those considered for a roster spot should someone drop out of the large school game as an alternate, an honor she did not expect after going through a tough senior campaign.

The senior pitcher missed time this season with flu and a injury after getting hit in the face by a ball in the circle. The last injury forced her to miss the regional tournament but the season ended well as Pewitt suited up for the state tournament.

“I’m pretty excited because it was more than I thought I would get with all that went on this year,” she said.

Picking up All-Region honors proved to be the perfect way for Carter to finish off her senior season. The infielder led Duncan in home runs this season.

“I’m excited to be recognized for All-Region,” Carter said. “It meant a lot to me. I’ve always wanted to play softball in high school. I enjoyed being with my teammates and I thought we did really good this season.”

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