Seven repeat selections on All-County softball team (6-14-13) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 June 2013 22:26
The All-Wood County softball team is highlighted by seven repeat selections, including a four-time pick.
Elmwood’s Brittany George is on the first-team for the fourth straight year and Rossford’s Margo Jackson, a junior, is a first-team selection for the third straight year.
The other repeat selections from 2012 are: Eastwood seniors Whitney Foster and Ally Gabel; and junior Cassidy Rolf; Otsego sophomore Kylie Asmus; and Perrysburg senior Katie Dunphy.
Rounding out the first team are: Eastwood freshman Mackenzie Albright; North Baltimore senior Ricci Emahsier; and five players from Elmwood — senior Katie Bottesch; junior Madison Arnold; and sophomores Miranda Benschoter, Rebecca Harvey and Olivia Myers.
The 14-player first-team and the 14-player honorable mention list are selected by members of the Sentinel-Tribune sports staff and are not position specific.
A shortstop, George finished with 20 extra-base hits, including 12 doubles and seven home runs, while driving in 27 runs from the leadoff spot.
‘‘She was probably one of the best shortstops in Northwest Ohio. I think there are a lot of coaches that would move their shortstop and put Brittany George on their team to play shortstop,’’ Elmwood head coach Matt Hoiles said.
‘‘She was getting on base (38 runs scored) and she drove in a lot of runs at key times for us,’’ Hoiles continued. ‘‘She is going to be sorely missed here, throughout the program.’’
Jackson batted .500 in the No. 3 spot for the Bulldogs. The junior catcher had 46 hits including six doubles, six triples and two home runs, with 40 RBI, 44 runs scored and 12 stolen bases. She was named Division II honorable mention All-Ohio.
Rossford coach Tom Kralovic called Jackson the “type of player every coach would like to have.”
“She is a hard-nosed softball player. She does anything we need her to,” he said. “A lot of the girls, especially the younger girls, look up to her.”
Foster and Gable were mainstays for the Eagles, who won 29 games and advanced to the Division III state semifinals.
Gabel, the Northern Buckeye Conference offensive player of the year, hit .412 and finished with 16 doubles and four home runs and tied for the team lead with 39 RBI. She scored 43 runs.
‘‘She was fantastic in regular season play this year,’’ Eastwood head coach Joe Wyant said.
A second-team All-Ohio pick, Gabel was also a strong center fielder.
‘‘She played nice outfield; she was solid,’’ Wyant said.
Foster finished 24-4 this season with a 1.71 ERA with 136 strikeouts in 176 innings.
Foster also contributed 29 RBI.
‘‘She’s a competitor; she was more determined than people think about her,’’ Wyant said. ‘‘She would just bear down, and she was a mentally tough, tough kid.’’
Rolf hit a team-high .417 and had 39 RBI with nine doubles and six homers and she scored 39 runs.
‘‘She just wants to play,’’ Wyant said.
Rolf also played well at third base.
‘‘Her defense was vastly improved from the year before,’’ Wyant said.
Asmus batted .543 from both the leadoff spot and cleanup position at various points of the season for the Knights. She had 44 hits, including three home runs, with 26 RBI and 32 runs scored.
The sophomore threw 130 innings, had a 3.39 ERA with an 11-10 record. Asmus struck out 213 batters for a total of 443 career strikeouts.
Otsego coach Dan Sheperd said: “In the dictionary under focus is a picture of Kylie. She is always working at getting better. She is a student of details.
“It’s been a real gift having her in the lineup,” he said.
A second-team All-Ohio Division I selection, Dunphy collected 42 hits this season for the Yellow Jackets en route to a .462 batting average. The senior shortstop had 20 extra base hits, including six home runs, and also had 34 RBI, scored 32 runs and had seven stolen bases.
“Katie Dunphy has been on the varsity team since she was a freshman. It was pretty obvious, early-on, she was going to be a special player,” coach Ryan DeMars said. “She is a tremendous athlete and a tremendous leader.
“Her stats speak for themselves,” DeMars added. “She is a great offensive player, but she is also the heart and soul of the defense.”
For the Eagles, Albright, as a freshman, stepped into two important positions — shortstop and the leadoff spot in the batting order — and responded well to both challenges.
‘‘I couldn’t ask anymore than we got out of her. I didn’t know that she was going to be as good as she was,’’ Wyant said. ‘‘She had a few errors, but she made a lot more great plays than she did errors.
‘‘She has great speed and a quick bat speed. She did a super job all year,’’ he added.
A first-team All-Ohio pick in Division IV, Emahiser hit .531 for the Tigers with 22 extra-base hits, including 10 home runs, while driving in 48 runs. A catcher, she had 51 hits, which included nine doubles.
NB coach, Frankie Hernandez described Emahiser as an unselfish, hard-working athlete who filled the catcher’s position this year after being an outfielder in previous seasons.
“She is a very coachable player. Ricci does whatever I ask her to do,” Hernandez said. “She has always been a leader on this team, even when she was a sophomore.”
Emahiser was an honorable mention all-county pick in 2012.
For the Royals, who won the NBC title, Bottesch hit .438 with 34 RBI.
‘‘Katie put together a year that we had hoped she would put together,’’ Hoiles said. ‘‘She was real consistent game in and game out. It just boiled down to hard work.’’
Arnold hit .410 with 30 RBI and played solid defense in center field.
‘‘At the plate, she was a pleasant surprise,’’ Hoiles said. ‘‘She worked hard this winter and it carried over into the spring.
‘‘She was definitely the captain of that outfield,’’ Hoiles added. ‘‘She was very solid and just knew where to be at every time.
‘‘The sky is the limit for Madison; she has so much growth potential. I look for big things out of her next year.’’
Benschoter was part of a strong sophomore class that filled in key spots for the Royals.
She finished 21-4 with a 1.81 ERA while striking out 181 in 154 1/3 innings.
‘‘She grew up right in front of us,’’ Hoiles said. ‘‘It was great to see a young kid step up and do what she did. At times she had to carry us.
‘‘She knew she had a good defense behind her and she threw the ball over the plate quite a bit,’’ he said.
Hoiles added that Benschoter would be a ‘‘treat to watch’’ when she gains more experience and learns how to pitch, rather than just throwing the ball.
Benschoter also hit .368 and drove in 17 runs.
Harvey was hot at the plate from the start of the season and she finished with a .505 batting average with 19 extra-base hits, including 13 doubles, and a team-high 37 RBI.
‘‘The power she has and the softball knowledge that she possess, it’s fun to coach her,’’ Hoiles said. ‘‘There are things that everyone needs to learn and when you give her something she learns it quick ... She’s a sponge, she soaks everything up. You give it to her one time and she’s got it.
‘‘She is kind of unbelievable with everything that she does and her worth ethic and her drive ... She is just following up being what it truly means to be an Elmwood softball player.’’
Myers was the Royals’ designated player and hit .414 with six doubles and six triples among her 14 extra-base hits and drove in 21 runs.
‘‘At the beginning of year you could tell that she knew she belonged, but she didn’t know how to belong,’’ Hoiles said. ‘‘As the season progressed, the attitude of confidence and what she needed to do started to shine through and the smiles started to come on her face.
‘‘She handled that role (designated player) very well and sometimes that’s tough for even an older girl to accept that role, let alone a young one.’’
On the honorable mention list are: Bowling Green’s Lily Murnen; Eastwood’s Emily Helm and Anna Rahrig, Lake’s Kayla Encalado and Allie Kontak; Lakota’s Alania Bickford and Morgan Gangwer; North Baltimore’s Megan Wright; Northwood’s Alyson Seibert and Katie Vancs; Otsego’s Savannah Schwind; Rossford’s Hannah Gauthier, Kristen Keller and Kelly Swope.
Encalado, Bickford, Wright and Gauthier are repeat honorable mention selections from 2012.
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