By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Chief Editor
Two local softball stars have earned a coveted spot at one of the state’s biggest events each year.
Thompson’s Chalea Clemmons and Spain Park’s Katie Flannery both earned a spot in the North-South All-Star Game as members of the North All-Star Team.
The two will be part of an 18-person squad looking to take down the All-Star team South at the annual event, which will take place in Montgomery as part of All-Star Week July 18-22.
Clemmons will represent Team North as one of seven pitchers, while Flannery will represent one of six shortstops and eight players overall.
Both players are fresh off of the state tournament, while Clemmons played a crucial role in helping Thompson win this year’s Class 7A state championship.
During the state tournament alone, Clemmons threw 17 combined innings and allowed only seven hits and one run.
On top of that, she totaled 24 strikeouts and earned the championship victory over two-time defending state champion Hewitt-Trussville.
In the championship game, she allowed two hits in a complete shutout and struck out four. Outside of that game, she struck out 14 in six innings of work in Game 2 of the tournament for the Warriors.
On the full season, Clemmons maintained a 1.33 ERA and went 16-1 with two saves. She also finished the season with 142 strikeouts to finish with the second-most strikeouts in seven innings in the county.
But she was also more for Thompson this season, averaging .492 batting in 118 at-bats. She finished the season with 58 hits, including a county-high 22 doubles, as she totaled four homers and a triple with 53 RBIs.
As for Flannery, she was one of the strongest bats and infielders in the state during her junior season.
She had an impressive .451 batting average to lead the Jaguars on 65 hits, which was one of the best marks in the county.
She brought home 50 points and scored 49 points. Flannery also had one of the best home run ratings with 10 bombs of the season, as she finished with 11 doubles and three triples and scored 49 runs.
The North All-Stars swept the North-South softball competition last summer winning 11-8 in eight innings in the opener and 6-1 in the final drink. The North leads the series 27-23-3 heading into the 2022 competition. The series first aired in 1997.