Sun-Times softball All-Area teams

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Stephanie Abello

Benet, Jr., C: Illinois recruit hit 22 HR, two shy of the state single-season mark. Batted .481 with 63 RBI. She has 47 career HR and needs eight to set state career record.

Jenny Behan

Carmel, Jr., IF: James Madison recruit hit .504 with 18 home runs, 42 runs scored and 55 RBI. She had a .944 fielding percentage and was 21-for-33 (.636) with runners in scoring position.

Morghan Dieringer

Lincoln-Way West, Sr., P: Kept the Warriors near top of the area rankings until regional title loss to Manteno. Went 21-2 with a 1.08 ERA, 252 strikeouts and 37 walks.

Katie Gallagher

St. Ignatius, Sr., OF: Broke the school single-season home-run mark with 19, hit .443 with 63 RBI and will walk on at ?Illinois in the fall. A three-sport athlete (basketball and volleyball).

Becky Gruber

Elmwood Park, Sr., Utility: Best overall offensive numbers in area. North Park-bound slugger hit .696 with 17 home runs, nine doubles, four triples and 57 RBI; struck out twice all season.

Taylor Johnson

Beecher, Fr., IF: Hit .598 with 68 RBI and broke the school’s single-season home-run record with 18, including one in each of the Class 2A state games in East Peoria.

Sarah Petzhold

Glenbard North, Jr., OF: One of the best fielding center fielders in the state, she went errorless in leading her team to its first trip Downstate since 2001. Hit .543 with five HR and 32 RBI.

Dale Ryndak

Downers Grove North, Sr., P: The Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year did it all. She was 22-2 on the mound, striking out 219, walking 10 and throwing 17 shutouts. Arizona State recruit.

Bethany Salazar

Evergreen Park, So., OF: Had one of the best offensive seasons in the area: .664, nine HR, 35 RBI. Struck out only five times and had 22 doubles, nine triples and 12 stolen bases.

Sam Schmidt

Willowbrook, Jr., IF: Northern Illinois recruit hit .583 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI. Will go into her senior year with a career batting average of .483, 30 home runs and 130 RBI.

Brooke Stulga

Manteno, Sr., P: The 2014 Sun-Times Player of the Year was one win away from a Class 3A state title. Was 36-2, struck out 302 and had a 1.29 ERA. Hit .522 with eight HR and 44 RBI.

Brooke Wyderski

Marist, Sr., IF: The Loyola-bound shortstop batted .492 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI even though most teams tried to pitch around her. Excellent defensive shortstop.

Second team

Jenna Cairo, Fenwick, Sr., OF

Maddi Doane, Naperville Central, Sr., OF

Cece Dopart, Glenbard North, Sr., P

Kayla Garcia, Lane, So., C

Becca Maher, Elk Grove, Sr., IF

Rachel O’Malley, Conant, Sr., IF

Marissa Panko, Benet, Sr., IF

Kayla Pociejewski, Maine West, So., C

Allison Quigley, New Trier, Sr., P

Taylor Sterkowitz, Oak Forest, So.

Jenny Van Geertry, Lincoln-Way East, Sr., OF

Jana Wagner, Warren, Sr., P

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