NEW YORK SOFTBALL: WAVERLY'S HAMMOND EARNS FIRST-TEAM ALL-STATE HONORS AGAIN; HALL NAMED TO FOURTH TEAM (2019-06-24)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Widely-considered the best player in the region, Waverly senior Wendi Hammond was also recognized Sunday by the New York State Sportswriters Association as a first-team Class B all-state pitcher for the second straight season, while teammate Riley Hall, a junior, was named to the fourth team as a catcher.
Hammond enjoyed what is likely the best season in school history for the Lady Wolverines.
She posted an 18-3 record in the pitcher’s circle with an 0.57 ERA and a school-record 259 strikeouts in 123 2/3 innings, while walking just 15 and allowing only 47 hits. Batters hit just .129 against her on the season. She tossed a school-record four no-hitters and was also part of a combined no-hitter
At the plate, Hammond’s power numbers were unparalleled in school history. She hit .532 (33 hits in 62 ABs) with five doubles, two triples, a school-record 14 home runs, 37 RBI, a school-record 51 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases. She walked 23 times for an on-base percentage of .670, to go along with a 1.355 slugging percentage, and a staggering OPS of 2.025.
Hall, a good defensive catcher, also enjoyed an outstanding season at the plate. She hit .493 (36 hits in 73 ABs) with eight doubles, four home runs, 27 RBI, 25 runs scored, and four stolen bases. She waked nine times (and struck out just twice) for an on-base percentage of .554, to go along with a .767 slugging percentage and an OPS of 1.321.
Defensively, Hall had a fielding percentage of .988 and threw out five would-be base stealers
IN PHOTO: Waverly’s Wendi Hammond.