Three repeat selections and a total of four players from Suburban Lakes League champion Eastwood
highlight the All-Wood County softball team.
Heading the list of returning players is junior pitcher Kim Bryson, who is a three-time first-team
selection. Also returning to the first-team are Bowling Green senior second baseman Tayler Worthington
and Eastwood junior outfielder Megan Eisenhour.
Joining Eisenhour on the first-team from Eastwood are senior third baseman Brooke Albright, junior
shortstop Katie Dewyre and sophomore pitcher Christine Foster.
Youth is being served on the 14-player first-team as there are only three seniors. Four juniors, six
sophomores and a freshman were also selected by the Sentinel-Tribune sports staff.
Joining Bryson on the first-team from Perrysburg are junior Stephanie Messenger and freshman Kimmy
Rounding out the first-team are Elmwood sophomore catcher Morgan Arnold, Lake sophomore pitcher/second
baseman Adrienne Lowe, Lakota sophomore outfielder Amber Bickford, North Baltimore sophomore third
baseman Leona Euler, Northwood sophomore third baseman Sammie Brisbin, and Rossford senior shortstop
Bryson was bothered by a bad shoulder, but still finished 10-4 with 161 strikeouts in 88 innings and a
0.72 earned run average.“This year she injured her shoulder, in fact right at the beginning. We tried to
nurse that through. We only made it about half the season,” said Perrysburg head coach Gary Godwin.
“When she was healthy there wasn’t anybody else I’d rather have on the mound than her, that’s for darn
sure. She had a good, secure command of the situations in the game. That makes it easier too.”
Worthington hit .441 for the Bobcats, working hard on her hitting every day after catching some teams by
surprise in 2008 by hitting .519.
“She gets all the credit,” said BG head coach Erin Schneider. “She would do double sessions during the
season. After our practice you would go by their house and she is hitting tennis balls with her dad. She
was never satisfied and very competitive.
“She really grew as a player and she was able to read the defense and then react.”
Eisenhour and the other three Eastwood players on the first team were a major reason the Eagles won the
SLL title (12-2) and were able to finish 21-5 overall.
Eisenhour hit .338 with 14 RBI.
“She was very solid defensively and was one of our most consistent hitters,” said Eastwood head coach Joe
Wyant. “She started off really well and then missed a couple of weeks because of ankle injury and then
she came back and hit well the rest of the year.”
Albright, an honorable mention pick in 2008, was an RBI machine for the Eagles, driving in 33 runs while
hitting .447 with 11 extra-base hits. She also scored 33 runs and had 12 stolen bases.
“She was our team leader. She set the school record in RBI,” Wyant said. “She had a lot of clutch, clutch
hits and she hit for power. She was very solid defensively.”
Dewyre also moves up from the honorable mention list after hitting .528 (48-of-91) this spring with 21
RBI and 10 extra-base hits. She scored 35 runs.
“She was our catalyst offensively,” Wyant said, “She was able to get on base and when she did, we usually
scored. We scored a lot of runs in the first inning because of her.”
Foster made things happen in the circle for the Eagles, going 18-5 with a 1.62 earned run average. She
struck out 135 in 1421?3 innings.
“She had a great year. She was very, very solid, “Wyant said. “She wasn’t fancy or fabulous, but she
threw strikes and was very successful. She also played her position well. She had only one error all
year, in the first game of the year.”
Joining Bryson on the first team are teammates Granata, the only freshman on the first-team and
Messenger, who moves up from the honorable mention list.
Granata hit. 397 with 22 RBI and 10 extra base hits.
“She had some great hits in key situations,” Godwin said. “She’s a natural lefty who can catch and play
Messenger had six home runs this season among her 11 extra-base hits while batting .364.
“Anytime she comes up to the plate she poses a threat. And the other coaches, in key situations, walked
her,” Godwin said. “Messenger played center field in the second part of the season and Granata moved to
catcher. She’s (Messenger) by far the best outfielder we have, by far.”
Elmwood’s Arnold was nervous to start the season, but gained confidence and ended up hitting .432 with 19
RBI and nine extra-base hits while doing a solid job at catcher.
“About a quarter of the way into the season she began to grasp the leadership role and working behind the
dish,” Elmwood head coach Matt Hoiles said. “The leadership and calling games helped her offensive side.
She was a sophomore batting in the three hole for most of the year and she did what she needed to do.
“She did what she had to do to be a better hitter and be more consistent and drive in runs,” he added.
“She erased any question marks about what she could do.”
Lowe was Lake’s top pitcher and also played second base. As a freshman she was an honorable mention
all-county selection and a second-team all-league pick in the outfield.
“She was very consistent as a pitcher and leadoff hitter,” said Lake head coach Dave Rymers.
Lowe was 9-10 with one save and a 1.94 earned run average. She struck out 83 in 130 innings.
“She had excellent command and was able to change speeds. While her record didn’t show it, with her ERA
we were in every game she pitched. She thinks the game very well,” Rymers said.
Lowe hit .370 with 11 extra-base hits and 11 stolen bases.
“Her numbers in my opinion are very good. What I know is that she gave everything she had every game, and
she consistently got better every day,” Rymers said.
Bickford hit .387 with 25 runs scored and was solid in the outfield for the Raiders.
“She was our outfield leader for sure,” said Lakota head coach Sarah Simon. “She let everyone know what
was going on.
“She was our lead-off hitter and I could count on her getting on base. She had a .516 on-base percentage
with 19 walks,” Simon continued. “She kept seeing the ball and getting on base for me.”
Euler moved into the No. 4 spot in the Tigers’ batting order and responded with 17 extra-base hits,
including eight home runs and six triples, with 35 RBI.
“She was very focused on what she had to do. She stepped in and filled a big spot that was left open from
last year’s team,” said NB head coach Frankie Hernandez. “I just tweaked her (swing) a little bit.
Everything else was pure natural.”
Brisbin, a third baseman, hit .388 for the Rangers and scored 25 runs.
“She’s a solid ball player,” Northwood head coach Dan Fuller said. “She had only four errors all season
and two of them were in our last game at Bettsville in the sun. She has a very strong arm.
“She hit first or second in our lineup just to get things going. She was always on base,” Fuller
continued. “She’s a great athlete, an all-around athlete and has a great attitude.”
Williams, a shortstop, concluded her high school career with a strong senior year, batting .425 and
driving in 24 runs.
“She’s a real good team leader. She doesn’t say a lot, it’s more by example,” said Rossford head coach
Kralovic said Williams was strong going into the hole at shortstop and making plays while backing up the
third baseman. Also Williams stood tall taking throws at second base.
“She wasn’t afraid ever to take throws into second base … mainly on steals. She would give up her body
to get the out,” Kralovic said.
Kralovic added that Williams would “rise to the occasion” to get the key hit when it was needed.
“She was just a consistent, all-around player for three years,” Kralovic added.
On the honorable mention list are: Brittany Davis, Bowling Green; Megan LeGalley, Bowling Green;
Jimmi Gangwer, Eastwood; Kelsey Feasel, Elmwood; Marissa Lee, Elmwood; Megan Oler, Elmwood; Sam Pollard,
Elmwood; Kaysie Brittenham, Lake; Megan Schnell, Lake, Alicia Bickford, Lakota; Emily Stewart, North
Baltimore; Ashley Lu, Northwood; Emily Limes, Otsego; Cassidy Gauthier, Rossford. Lee and Bickford are
repeat honorable mention selections.