Now, Carroll County senior Emily Cook is about to add State All-Star to that list.
Cook, who will begin her collegiate softball career at Ferrum College next spring, has been selected to the Virginia State All-Star Game, which will be held July 11 in the Hampton area. Cook will be one of just 18 representatives for the West team.
“You are looking at only 36 girls in the whole state who get to do that. That is just a great thing she is able to do that and very well deserving,” said Carroll County head coach Rick Nester. “You are looking at all the girls across the state playing high school softball and this is from 1A to 6A so being able to make the all-star team is a pretty high honor. Very few girls get to do it. It shows the work she has put into it and the type of player she is. She is a four-year varsity player, which not a lot of girls have been able to do that either.”
Cook joins former teammates Gracie Davidson and Kyndall Hiatt as Lady Cavaliers who have played in the state all-star game under Nester’s tutelage. He said Cook was selected for the all-star game as a first baseman, although she could end up pitching in the nine-inning contest as well.
“Emily started all 89 games in her high school career, from the first game of her freshman year to the last game of her senior year,” Nester said. “I don’t knows of any other player to do that at Carroll County.”
Cook had a phenomenal senior season as she helped lead Carroll County to the Region 4D Semifinals for the third straight season. She earned first-team All-Three Rivers District honors as both a first baseman and as a pitcher and was chosen to the All-Region 4D second team at both those positions.
At the plate, Cook led the team in several categories, including hits (36), home runs (4), RBIs (21), batting average (.537), on-base percentage (.654) and slugging percentage (.866). She also was third on the team in runs scored with 17.
Taking over before the season as Carroll County’s number-one pitcher, Cook had an incredible year, especially for a first-year starter, finishing the season with a 12-3 record with a 2.74 ERA. She struck out 63 while walking 28 in 92 innings of work. She also was nearly perfect in the field, making just 1 error in 79 chances for a .988 fielding percentage.
“She has worked hard and hopefully it will continue on at Ferrum. I am pretty sure it will,” Nester said. “She will get to play with (Carroll alums) Cheyenne Strickland and Tiffanie Moore and we are all excited about that.”
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