Lincoln's Paxton And Mackey Selected On All-State Team

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
By Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
Lincoln’s Senior Aleah Paxton was selected among the first All-State first team  pitchers. Junior Haley Mackey, one of the best catchers around, was named to the second team as the Designated Player. 
Paxton had games where she was dominating in striking out over two- thirds of the batters she faced. She also was a tremendous offensive threat in hitting behind the cleanup spot in the lineup. Paxton had several key hits during the final four.
She is on her way to State Fair to continue her softball career. Her younger sister Sophomore Cadyn Paxton will probably take over the pitching duties next season and has some big shoes to fill. However, it is reported that the younger Paxton throws harder, but hasn’t mastered the movement on the ball just yet but a season of summer ball should put her on the right path. So  a return to the final four is not out of the question as Lincoln returns most of their starters from the state championship team.
One cannot say enough about Haley Mackey. Mackey  has caught Paxton for several years and so she knows her starting very pitcher well. Unknown to most is the fact that Mackey called the pitches as Head Coach Christ Sanders trusted her completely in that respect.
As a hitter, she batted cleanup and hit a memorable home run against Skyline in district play that killed the  Lady Tigers in a 7-1 victory. The afore mentioned Cadyn Paxton hit the never to be forgotten grand slam just moments before. With her sister pitching, that was more than enough run support to move on in the tournament.
When you look at the state team printed below, Lincoln fans will find some familiar faces. Sami Huck ,the freshman left handed pitcher,  who they faced in the semi-finals from Potosi is there. She is probably a year away from being a D-1 class pitcher. Also, Ayden Shannon , a freshman pitcher from Wellington Napoleon made the cut. Several players from Sweet Springs, Adrian, Kennett and Skyline also gained state honors
The 26-2 Lady Cardinals losses were to Napoleon and to Sweet Springs, who they also managed to beat to even the score against those two outstanding teams at 1-1.
Needless to say, it was an amazing season that gave Lincoln their first state championship in any sport. Paxton would have to be your MVP with Mackey right behind her. However, with that being said, it was a team win as Lincoln was solid from top to bottom at every position.
2019 ALL-STATE Softball team
Kaileigh Dirden – Sr. – Scott City
Sami Huck – Fr. – Potosi
Alyson Marcum – Jr. – Bernie
(T) Katelyn Kotlarz – Jr. – Mt. Vernon
(T) Ayden Shannon – Fr. – Wellington Napoleon
Rylee Venable – Sr. – Scott City
Emily Shipman – Jr. – Forsyth
Bree Shannon – Fr. – Wellington Napoleon
Kyra Jaco – Fr. – Kennett
Kennedy Coleman – Jr. – Potosi
Hayley Frank – Sr. – Strafford
Mallory Gazaway – Sr. – Liberal
Brooke Conner – Sr. – Sweet Springs
(T) Lauren Eagle – Sr. – Sweet Springs
(T) Abby Henson – Sr. – Pleasant Hope
Lyndsey Hood – Sr. – Mt. Vernon
Tommi Gardner – Sr. – Mtn. Grove
Katie Shuffler – So. – Malden
Madison Bolten – So. – Wellington Napoleon
Emma Eaton – So. – Potosi
Designated Player (DP)
Anell Harris – Fr. – Kennett
Kaitlin Garrett – Sr. – Plato
Lauren Schallert – So. – Purdy
Madi Bentley – Fr. – Diamond
Kylee Winfrey – Sr. – Sweet Springs
(T) Jaydin Lee – Jr. – Pleasant Hope
(T) Sydney Litton – So. – Potosi
Taylor Anthony – Jr. – Bernie
Maleiah Parker – Sr. – La Monte
Ella Dougherty – So – Skyline
Emerson Bates – Jr. – Wellington Napoleon
Kennady Keating – Sr. – Adrian
Kaylee Payne – Jr. – Oran
Jess Hulsey – So. – Park Hills Central
Danielle Cutbirth – Fr. – Crane
Michaela McChesney – Sr. – Mt. Vernon
Katie Robinson – Sr. – Crane
Lindey Oehrke – Sr. – La Monte
Ally Kelly – Fr. – Park Hills Central
Katelyn Stewart – Sr. – Pleasant Hope
Sydney Vaught – Sr. – Sweet Spirngs
Designated Player (DP)
(T) Rachel Essary  So. – Forsyth
(T) HALEY MACKEY Jr. – Lincoln