Kimble, McDaniels headline 2022 Big 10 All-Conference Softball Team

Jansen Kimble pitches for the Lady Bucs ROBERTA HATCHER/The Record Delta

TENNERTON — Two members of head coach Levi Bender’s 2022 Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buccaneers softball team were named to the Big 10 All-Conference team that was released last Wednesday, May 25. Both senior Shelby McDaniels and sophomore Jansen Kimble earned all-conference selections after tremendous 2022 campaigns. The Lincoln Cougars, the 2022 Big 10 Conference champions, took home Pitcher of the Year (Delaney Haller) and Coach of the Year (Yancey Weaver) honors, while Robert C. Byrd lead the league with six all-conference team selections. Philip-Barbour’s Sara Simon was named Conference Player of the Year. 

A recent Glenville State University Lady Pioneer commit, McDaniels was selected as the First-Team Big 10 shortstop. McDaniels efficiency and utility on both sides of the ball have established her as one of the best players in school history. Her resume cannot be argued, as Coach Bender said, “she ends her Buccaneer career sitting atop or close to the top of virtually every major offensive statistical category, which goes to show what kind of impact she has had during her time here.” 

Offensively, McDaniels senior season was highlighted by 37 total hits, 34 scored runs, 31 total RBIs, 3 home runs and a .440 batting average. Defensively, McDaniels put her limitless versatility on display by posting a 3.68 ERA, while compiling a 3-3 mark during her appearances in the pitching circle. However, it was as a shortstop where her true defensive potential was unlocked. Coach Bender said, “I think for the second straight year, she managed to have less than five errors all season. That’s pretty remarkable from her position (shortstop).” 

Joining McDaniels on the Big 10 All-Conference teams was Jansen Kimble. Kimble earned a selection as the Second-Team all-conference pitcher. While Kimble was solid offensively, recording 25 total hits, 24 RBIs, and a pair of homers, it was her play defensively that earned her all-conference honors. Over the course of 20 games, Kimble was Coach Bender’s go-to pitcher out of the bullpen. Kimble enjoyed a solid sophomore season that was highlighted by a 3.69 ERA and an 8-12 mark when in the pitching circle for the Lady Bucs.  

Coach Bender took a minute to sum up the impact that these two had as well as his general thoughts on the all-conference team picks, saying, “Shelby had a great season on both sides of the plate. She really stepped up and filled a leadership role on our team this year. Jansen got the nod in the circle for us for most of the year. She is an inning-eater and throws strikes consistently. There are quite a few pitchers on the all-conference list so, being named the second team pitchers is a pretty big deal considering who all is ahead of her. I thought that there were a few others who had the numbers to be considered, namely Taylor Spratt, Robin Ball (who was second-team last year) and Alyssa Abel, but they didn’t get the votes necessary from the other coaches. There were few girls from other teams who I felt were more deserving based on their numbers and whole statistical body of work throughout the season, but it’s just a matter of who gets voted into these positions really.” 

Big 10 All-Conference

Softball Teams 

First-Team: 

Pitcher – Fran Alvaro

(Robert C. Byrd) 

Catcher – Emma Kyle

(Liberty) 

First Base – Liz Murphy

(Fairmont Senior) 

Second Base – Ava Junkins (Robert C. Byrd) 

Shortstop – Shelby McDaniels (Buckhannon-Upshur) 

Third Base – Emerson Haddix (Elkins) 

Left Field – Kaitlyn Stone (Elkins) 

Center Field – Kady Crock (Liberty) 

Right Field – Isabell Prieto (Robert C. Byrd) 

Utility – Fredrick Maloley (Grafton) 

Utility – Lilly Kriss

(Philip Barbour)

Utility – Abby Hartley

(Lewis County) 

Utility – Alexis Williams (Lincoln) 

Second-Team: 

Pitcher – Jansen Kimble (Buckhannon-Upshur) 

Catcher – Gina Alvaro

(Robert C. Byrd) 

First Base – Avery Childers (Robert C. Byrd)

Second Base – Izzy Talerico (East Fairmont)

Shortstop – Alyssa Dunn

(Robert C. Byrd) 

Third Base – Rachel Mason (Bridgeport) 

Left Field – Faith Gaines

(East Fairmont) 

Center Field – Emily Robey (Lincoln) 

Right Field – Emily Brown (Lincoln) 

Utility – Blair Nuzum

(East Fairmont) 

Utility – Haley Younkins (Liberty) 

Utility – Cadence Lambert (Lincoln) 

Utility – Grayson Purkey (Lewis County) 

Player of the Year – Sara Simon (Philip Barbour)

Pitcher of the Year – Delaney Haller (Lincoln)

Coach of the Year – Yancey Weaver (Lincoln) 

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