County players rack up state honors

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Forrest's Katie Warrick went 32-3 in the circle with a 1.81 ERA and batted .594 with 14 home runs that added to her school record 51 career dingers.Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Nine Marshall County student athletes were recently honored with spring sports all state selections, led by five members of the 2014-2015 Class A state champions Forrest Lady Rockets.

Forrest's domination in Class A was evident by five members of the team being selected by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA).

Senior Kiyoko Puca (CF) and sophomores Samantha King (1B) and Lainey Mays SS) were chosen by the TSWA, while seniors Katie Warrick (P) and Briar Mays (LF) were also first-team selections on the Tennessean All-Mid-state Team.

Five-year Forrest senior Kiyoko Puca had only one error while roaming center field for Forrest and batted .465 with 34 runs scored and stole 27 bases.

Warrick, who won back-to-back District 9-A MVP awards, will continue her playing career at UT Martin, while Briar Mays will attend Roane State to play softball.


The Lady Rockets claimed their second Class A title, going undefeated at the Spring Fling, while posting a 35-5 record and Forrest never lost to another Class A squad during the season.

Briar Mays returned to the Lady Rockets after a three-absence and batted leadoff where she put up a hefty .532 average with 49 runs scored, and the left fielder stole 46-out-of-46 bases on the season.

All five Forrest softball players were also named to the All District 9-A squad.

Forrest junior Alex Brewer (SS), a two-time District 9-A MVP and Vanderbilt signee garnered three post-season honors with his selections to the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association (TBCA), the Tennessean Mid-State and the TSWA.


Sophomore Samantha King had a huge campaign, bashing 11 home runs and driving in 47 runs, while posting a .464 batting average.

Cornersville ace, District 11-A MVP and Columbia State Community College signee David Looney picked up All-State honors with the TBCA and the TSWA.

The county had a clean sweep in Class A behind the plate as Cornersville senior Aaron Fox and Forrest junior Boone Sweeney claimed the only two catchers' spots.

Sophomore shortstop Lainey Mays was named the District 9-A Defensive MVP and batted .537 with 49 runs scored and 26 RBI.
Vanderbilt signee Alex Brewer led the Rockets with a .418 batting average and had 16 runs scored and drove in 18 runs.
Junior Boone Sweeney batted .355 and the led the Rockets with 29 RBI.
David Looney had another incredible season for Cornersville, putting up an 11-0 record, 1.07 ERA, 161 strikeouts over 78.1/3 innings pitched and opponents batted only .129 against him.
Aaron Fox posted a .390 batting average with 7 doubles and a tem leading 31 RBI for the Bulldogs, who advanced to the state tournament for the second time in three years.