Seniors propel Danville softball team to semi-state final

The Warriors finished 28-2, ending their season with the most wins in school history in the semi-state finals. (Photo provided by Greg Glaser)

The Danville Community High School softball team piled up some impressive accomplishments.

The Warriors (28-2) had the most wins in school history and the best single-season batting average (.384) and most runs scored (294). 

Danville won the Hendricks County, Mid-State, Class 3A sectional and regional titles before falling to Boonville 6-1 on June 5 in the semi-state championship at Brown County.

In the semi-finals, Danville shut out Greensburg 4-0.

“The girls have been working hard for the last several years,” Warriors coach Greg Glaser said. “We were led by a very talented group of senior players. Six of our starters were seniors, and they’ve been with me for four years and were the heartbeat of the team. A lot of hard work and talent on the team led to an exceptional season. I’m very happy with how we did.

“This year we really thought we had a shot at winning state. We came up one game short, but no disappointments whatsoever.”

The Warriors also reached the semi-state final in 2019, finishing 26-4.

The six seniors, Savannah Jones, Ella Brinkley, Abby Yarnell, Adrianna Taylor, Courtney Kenworthy and Melanie Fougerousse, were all starters as sophomores on that 2019 team. Danville had two other senior contributors in Ally Hamm and Emma Haywood.

Brinkley finished with a team-high .547 batting average, followed by Jones at .487 and sophomore Tori Rinehart at .469.

Yarnell has a .435 average with a team-highs of seven homes and 46 runs batted in.

Jones and Yarnell were the team’s top two pitchers. 

“I had an emotional attachment to this senior class because I’ve watched them develop over the four years of high school as they’ve moved up grades,” Glaser said. “It’s by far the most talented group of players I’ve ever coached.  They’re outstanding students, outstanding individuals and outstanding ballplayers. It’s going to be really tough to see this group go.”

Five of the eight seniors will play in college: Jones (Bucknell), Yarnell (Indiana University-South Bend), Brinkley (University of Illinois-Springfield), Kenworthy (Wilmington College) and Hamm (Ancilla College).