Haley Hawk and Carly Wagers
Haley Hawk and Carly Wagers

(5-17-18) Parkway’s Haley Hawk has had one of the most memorable softball careers ever in Mercer County.

Hawk was recently named the Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the 3rd season in a row. She has done it from the circle and with the bat to lead the Panthers during her four year career. Last night in a 13-0 D IV sectional tournament win over Ft. Recovery she picked up her 208th career RBI, which was thought to break the 18-year old record for most RBIs in an OHSAA career. The good news, that is quite an accomplishment, but overlooked was another player, Williamsburg’s Carly Wagers.

Most RBI, Career (minimum 145)

214 – Carly Wagers, Williamsburg (2015-2018)
208 – Haley Hawk, Parkway (2015-2018)
207 – Jessica Hibbard, Fairport Harding (1997-2000)
195 – Brittany Oldaker, Gahanna Lincoln (2012-2015)
190 – Becka Peterson, West Liberty-Salem (2009-2012)
187 – Dayna Denner, Cuyahoga Heights (2013-2016)
181 – Hannah Girlie, Holland Springfield (2012-2015)
174 – Taylor Kirian, New Riegel (2011-2014)
173 – Julia Brown, Zanesville Maysville (1984-1987)
170 – Gabrielle Fredericks, Tuscarawas Central Catholic (2012-2015)
170 – Kelly Mix, Liberty Union (2012-2015)

Wagers is having a career quite like Hawk, last season as a Junior she led Williamsburg to the D IV state title. On their way to the title Williamsburg beat the Panthers in the Regional semifinal game 6-2. Wagers currently is ahead of Hawk by just six RBIs with 214, thanks to last season when Wagers broke the OHSAA single season record for RBIs with 86.

The OHSAA does not keep a running record of players that are still active and don’t update record numbers until a season is completed, that is where the confusion came into place. This does not change the accomplishments of Haley Hawk. Both players have made their marks in Ohio High School softball.

Wagers is also the ‘Babe Ruth’ of Ohio with the all time career home run record which was at 54 going into tournament play.

But Hawk’s accomplishment has been something that veteran coach Mark Esselstein has appreciated about his star player:

Haley has made an amazing accomplishment look routine. Before she came to Parkway, the single season record for rbi’s was 42 by Amanda Schumm. Haley exceeded 50 each of her first 3 years. This year, she currently has 41, low by her standards, but she has received at least 12 intentional walks as well as several semi-intentional walks. Haley is always about team success first and is very humble about all of her accomplishments.

Both Hawk and Wagers are still adding to their numbers as both continue with their teams in tournament play. This year the two will not meet in regionals like last season, Williamsburg has moved up to D III, while Parkway remains in D IV.