Carroll County’s Emily Cook accounted for three-quarters of the West’s runs and played an error-free game at a new position July 11 in the VHSCA All-Star Softball Game in Hampton.
With the West trailing 4-1 in the third inning of the Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star Game, the 2018 Carroll County graduate stepped to the plate with runners on first and second base. Cook followed with a two-run triple to left field to bring her team to within a run of the East. Cook then scored as the next West batter drove her in to tie the game at 4-all.
Cook’s West squad eventually went on to lose 13-4, but the Ferrum College-bound Cavalier finished second in West MVP voting only to Brookville’s Chelsie Moran. Moran went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Cook went 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. She also tripled and crushed another ball that would have been a home run at any other park, according to Carroll County head softball coach Rick Nester, who served an assistant coach in the state all-star game.
“Emily played really well. The field we were playing on didn’t have a softball fence. It was set up for baseball and the fences were well over 300 feet,” Nester said. “Her third time up she hit one that would have been out easily anywhere else we have played, but they were backed up deep on her and the girl from the East made a running catch and made the out. It was a big fly ball, but she would have been 2-3 with a triple and a home run if there would have been a softball fence. It came down between her and the second baseman from Brookville for MVP for the West.”
Ironically, Cook, who started all four years at Carroll County at first base, started at third base for the West in the state all-star game. Nester said she played wonderfully at the other hot corner, making every play defensively.
“They had three first basemen already and only two third basemen, so to get more playing time for everybody, Emily started and played at third,” Nester said. “She also batted in the three spot in the lineup, the same spot she hit for us all year. The only difference was she played third instead of first. It worked out well because it allowed us to rotate more players and get everybody in the game. She played well. She had two balls hit to her and she didn’t have any trouble with them.”
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