ANDERSON, S.C. – A pair of Trojan softball players from the Yellowhammer State who signed during last November’s early signing period garnered recognition from the Opelika-Auburn News earlier this month.
Cailah Niles, a catcher from Phenix City, Ala., was named All-Area Hitter of the Year for the second consecutive year after hitting .446 with 12 homers, 12 doubles, 47 RBIs and a .513 on-base percentage during her senior campaign, en route to earning AISA All-State first-team recognition.
As a junior, Niles set five single-season offensive records and already owned five career marks for the Glenwood School Gators. She is a four-time All-AISA First Team honoree. After setting single-season school records with 75 hits, including 17 home runs, 25 doubles, 60 RBI and 69 runs scored as a junior, the right-hander was named All-Area Hitter of the Year and earned the Glenwood Slugger and MVP Award after helping lead the Gators to an appearance in the AISA Class AAA Elite Eight.
Rachael Barefield, a standout first baseman for Lee-Scott Academy in Opelika, Ala., earned All-Area First-Team accolades for the third consecutive year after hitting over .500 for the third consecutive season for the Warriors – posting a .574 batting average as a senior.
She earned a starting spot on the Warriors’ varsity squad as a seventh grader and posted a .543 batting average as a junior, while recording a .621 on-base percentage. She belted 12 home runs and drove in 18 runs and earned All-State accolades as a sophomore and junior, while being named honorable-mention All-Area as a freshman.
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