By Wade Linville –
Two talented softball pitchers of high schools in Brown County have earned their spots on this year’s list of Ohio All-State softball all-stars.
Western Brown High School sophomore Sydni Barnes was named a Division I All-State Honorable Mention by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association. Barnes set new school records with a 0.60 ERA and 288 strikeouts for the season. Her pitching record was 23-4, which included 19 shutouts, five no-hitters and two perfect games. She also set a school record for strikeouts in a seven inning game when she struck out 19 batters against Belpre. Barnes also led the Broncos with a .533 batting average and 40 RBI in 27 games. She aided her team to a Southern Buckeye Athletic/Academic Conference American Division Title for her second year as a varsity pitcher while also earning SBAAC American Division Softball Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season.
Fayetteville-Perry High School’s senior pitcher Paige Vilvens was named an OHSFSCA Division IV All-State Honorable Mention to cap off an outstanding career as a varsity pitcher.
Vilvens aided her team to a Southern Hills Athletic Conference Division II softball title this season while also pitching her team to a sectional championship. She was also among her team’s leading hitters this spring.
Vilvens has signed to continue her softball career on the collegiate level at Mount St. Joseph.