SouthtownStar 2014 All-Area Softball Team

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FIRST TEAM

JESSICA COTHERN Providence, Soph., C

The general behind the plate, she also wreaked havoc from the batter’s box with a solid .488 average that included 12 doubles, five home runs, 22 runs and 29 RBI.

MORGHAN DIERINGER Lincoln-Way West, Sr., P

The Southland’s strikeout queen for the second straight season, she compiled 252 Ks (11.81 per-game average). Additional numbers included a 1.08 ERA and a 21-2 record. She’ll attend St. Francis.

MORGAN FLEMING Mother McAuley, Jr., INF

An offensive force in the heart of the Mighty Macs order, she batted .412, with four HR, 22 RBI and 25 runs. She had a .700 slugging percentage.

SARAH HEROLD Sandburg, Sr., P/OF

The sparkplug of the team, she pitched in most of the big games, recording 138 strikeouts in 109 innings. Also hit .390, with five HR and 30 runs. Will attend Denison.

RYLIE JAY Lemont, Jr., INF

Slick-fielding shortstop with a gun for an arm, Jay also was an offensive force with a .491 average that included 12 doubles, seven HR and 48 RBI.

KATIE KRZUS Sandburg, Jr., INF

Leading hitting on the Eagles, she locked up state semifinal win with a two-run HR, her seventh. Finished the season with eight doubles, three triples, 32 RBI and a .418 average.

TAYLOR JOHNSON Beecher, Fr., 1B

Exploded onto the high school softball scene with a quick and powerful bat. Hit .598 and posted a Southland-best 18 HR and 68 RBI.

BLAKE RUIZ Lincoln-Way East, Jr., C

Really caught fire in the playoffs and was huge in the supersectional win. She finished with a .366 average that included 12 doubles, 12 HR and 52 RBI.

BETHANY SALAZAR Evergreen Park, Soph., OF

An offensive machine for the Mustangs, she hit .664, with 22 doubles, nine triples, nine HR and 35 RBI. She also stole 12 bases.

ANNALISSE SCOTTTinley Park, Soph., P

She didn’t need a lot of offense with a pitching resume of 15-3, 142 strikeouts and 1.08 ERA, but provided a lot herself with a .523 average that included eight doubles and 22 RBI.

ALLISON SPENCE Marian Catholic, Jr., INF

Line drives with power resulted in big offensive numbers as she socked 16 doubles and nine HR, to go with 32 runs, 43 RBI and a .486 average.

TAYLOR STERKOWITZ Oak Forest, Soph. INF

Continues to grow as an elite power hitter. She hit 14 HR and knocked in 49 runs while scoring 39 en route to a robust .463 average.

JENNY VAN GEERTRY Lincoln-Way East, Jr., OF

Three-year varsity player was one of the Griffins’ most consistent hitters with runners on base, totaling 47 RBI. She slammed 10 doubles and six HR and finished with a .504 a verage.

EMILY WETZEL Richards, Jr., INF

The bomber out of the four-spot, she hit 11 HR (1.022 SP) during a season which she also had nine doubles, 29 RBI and a .483 av erage.

BROOKE WYDERSKI Marist, Sr., INF

Two-time SouthtownStar Player of the Year didn’t miss a beat in her senior season, hitting .492 with 13 HR and 50 RBI. She hit a two-out seventh-inning game-tying home run against Lyons in a regional title game. Will attend Loyola .

SECOND TEAM

AMY BALICH Mother McAuley, Soph. INF

Notable: .395 Avg., 20 RBI, 2 2 R .947 FP.

SUSIE BARANSKI Marian Catholic, Soph. OF

Notable: .464, 14 doubles, 30 R, 14 RBI, 8 SB.

TAYLOR BOWMAN Lincoln-Way North, Soph., INF

Notable: .436, 8 HR, 26 R, 31 RBI.

SARAH CREWS Beecher, Sr. P

Notable: 23-5, 150 K, 159 IP, .567, 14 doubles, 10 HR, 64 RBI, w ill attend Clarke.

JACKIE FARBAK Lincoln-Way Central, Jr, INF

Notable: .459, 5 HR, 38 RBI, 37 R.

SYDNEY HARRISON T.F. South, Soph., INF

Notable: .4 14, 12 W, 4 HR, 15 RBI.

KENDAL JUDGE Providence, Soph., P

Notable: 16-7, 1. 29 ERA, 245 K 1521/3 IP.

MELISSA KELLY Shepard, Sr., INF

Notable: .551, 9 doubles, 20 R , 17 RBI, will attend Bradley.

ABBY KING Crete-Monee, Jr., C

Notable:.532, 12 double, 31 RBI, 44 R, 41 SB.

LEXXI LUX Tinley Park, Soph., INF

Notable: .573, 7 doubles, 16 RBI, 9 SB.

KARA METER Andrew, Jr., C

Notable:.381, 7 doubles, 28 RBI, .570 slugging percentge, will attend Northern Kentucky.

DANI MORGAN Lincoln-Way West, Soph., INF

Notable: 464, 9 doubles, 7 HR, 24 RBI, 15 SB.

MADISON NAUJOKAS Marist, Soph., INF

Notable: .44 5, 12 doubles, 10 HR, 39 RBI, 48 R.

MADDY VERMEJAN Lemont, So, INF

Notable: .477, 13 do ubles, 7 triples, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 54R.

GABBY VOULGARIS Lockport, Sr, INF

Notable: .390, 11 HR, 38 RBI, 32 R, will attend Iowa State.

Honorable Mention

Isabella Woolslayer, Beecher; Bridget Hayes, Bremen; Kaycee Pittman, Chicago Christian; Kayla Butler, Homewood-Flossmoor; Reilly Jo Swanson, Joliet Catholic; Nikole Van Gennep, Lincoln-Way East; Sam Pietruszynski, Lincoln-Way North; Rachael Luckett, Lincoln-Way West; Sarah DeMasi, Lockport; Zariya Gonzalez, Brooke Wilson, Marist; Holly Marousek, Mother McAuley; Sabrina Miller, Mount Assisi; Kylie Powers, Oak Forest; Reilly McTeague, Oak Lawn; Morgan Greenwood, Providence; Ashley Galason, Reavis; Cayla Brown, Rich East; Sara Kisiak, Richards; Karli McLaughlin, Sandburg; Sam Alberto, Tinley Park.

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