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Circle finished with the most wins in school history with a 17-3 record. Bardin finished with a 10-1 record with a 1.60 earned-run average and 63 strikeouts. Bardin also was one of the team’s top hitters, finishing with a .403 batting average, four home runs, 32 RBIs and 17 runs scored. “I think she was just keyed in this season and when your mound goes well, then I think everything else goes well,” Circle coach Jean Gibbs said. “That’s what you saw this season with Londyn. She threw well for us all year and she hit her spots and I think that gave her the confidence at the plate.”
Her finest performance came in the first round of the Class 5A tournament, as Burnett threw a three-hit shutout and hit a two-run home run to spur Valley Center (21-4) to a third-place finish. Burnett, who has signed with Butler, finished 10-3 with a 1.12 ERA with 56 strikeouts, while hitting .387 with six home runs and 24 runs batted in. “She’s a fiery competitor and I think her presence on the mound was intimidating for a lot of teams,” Valley Center coach Corey Jones said. “She’s pretty tall and sometimes that can help. Shew threw pretty hard and hit her spots.”
Eck was able to showcase all of the tools that has her verbally committed to Notre Dame. She hit .494 with a .607 on-base percentage and six home runs, 36 runs scored, and 37 RBIs, and threw out four runners at home from center field. “The thing that makes Macie so impressive is that she comes in and works harder than anybody else at practice,” Andale-Garden Plain coach Chuck Schroeder said. “That’s what makes her special. She’s a great player and everybody knows it, but she still comes in and works hard every single day.”
A catcher who has signed with Connecticut, Glatczak moved to shortstop for her senior season to help Maize fill a need. Glatczak hit .440 with four home runs to help Maize to 20-3 and a return trip to the Class 5A tournament. She finished her career top 10 in program history in every major offensive category. “Maura has so much softball knowledge and ability that I could have probably played her anywhere on the field,” Maize coach Jenny Meirowsky said. “When opportunities came up this season, she rose to the occasion and didn’t let the pressure get to her.”
Valley Center won 21 games, finished third in Class 5A, and won its first games at the state tournament with Glover as the steady senior presence. Glover, who has signed with Marshall, is a two-time All-Metro selection in the outfield. This season she had a .466 batting average with 12 doubles and finished with 36 runs batted in and 30 runs scored. “She just reads the game and understands the way it works, so she’s always a step ahead,” Valley Center coach Corey Jones said. “She’s a student of the game and she’s able to pick up on things during the game and she’s able to take advantage.”
For a second straight season, Hawkins posted video-game-like numbers to help lead Southeast to its most successful season in program history with 16 wins. Hawkins collected 51 hits in 70 at-bats for a .729 batting average, hit 10 home runs and 19 doubles, drove in 48 runs and scored 51. “What makes Sydni so hard is that she can hit any pitch, which makes it so hard for teams to get her out,” Southeast coach Loren Scarbrough said. “There’s not a pitch out there that pitchers can throw that she struggles to hit. She just hits the ball hard every single time and is such a tough out.”
Junior designated player
Herter, a two-time All-Metro selection, finished with a .616 batting average and .726 on-base percentage, drove in 40 runs, scored 41, and hit five home runs to help lead Northwest to a 16-6 season. “She had one of the best offensive seasons I’ve ever seen,” Northwest coach Cody Stuckey said. “She’s a great contact hitter and she had a lot of big hits for a lot of power. She was just crushing the ball at a very consistent level and that’s why her numbers were even better this season.”
Junior first baseman
Hughes, who has orally committed to Furman, crushed a school-record 14 home runs and is already No. 1 in program history with 25 home runs in her career. Hughes batted .539 with 42 RBIs, 35 runs scored and 25 extra-base hits as she led Maize to a 20-3 record and back to the Class 5A tournament. “Savannah just sees the ball big and does big things when she’s at the plate,” Maize coach Jenny Meirowsky said. “She just crushes the ball with so much power.… She really was a game-changer for us this year with her power.”
Johnson transitioned from shortstop to center field this season and became the team’s most dangerous weapon during a 16-6 season. Johnson had the speed to cause havoc on the basepaths and cover ground in the outfield with above-average arm strength. Johnson, who is verbally committed to Wichita State, posted a .525 batting average. “To make that transition from playing a pretty intense infield spot to the outfield was huge for us and it starts with her speed,” Maize South coach Mike Tinich said.
Senior third baseman
Miller delivered her finest defensive season to help lead Carroll to 21-2 record and another appearance in the Class 5A tournament. Miller, who is signed with Texas-Arlington, finished with a .440 batting average. “Madi’s defense is the strongest part of her game and when she was on it was a lot of fun to watch,” Bishop Carroll coach Steve Harshberger said. “It seemed like she kept getting balls hit at her that allowed her to show off her skills at third. She would have rockets hit at her and she handled them and played really good defense and helped us win as a team.”
Senior second baseman
Playing the majority of her senior season with a stress fracture in her back, Shepherd still managed to post a .586 batting average as the lead-off hitter. Shepherd, who has signed with Pacific, is a two-time All-Metro selection, andfinished with the school record in batting average, hits, runs scored, and on-base percentage during her career, which saw Goddard win three league titles and a pair of regional championships. “We have had some pretty good players come through our program, so that says a lot about her to finish with all of those records,” Goddard coach Rita Smith said.
Smith, a Weber State signee, delivered her best season at the plate to help lead Central to 16-7 record and a trip to the Class 4A-I tournament. Smith committed no errors behind the plate, improved her leadership as a senior and posted a .452 batting average with five home runs. “Audrey has a top-notch arm that gave her the ability to keep runners off-balanced,” Andover Central Rita Frakes said. “We talked a lot to her about establishing that relationship with her pitcher and being their advocate and Audrey did a better job of that this season.”
Watkins became Bishop Carroll’s top offensive threat and its No. 1 pitcher during a 21-2 season that ended once again in the Class 5A tournament. Watkins posted a 12-1 record with a 1.81 ERA and 50 strikeouts. She hit .571 with 18 extra-base hits, including seven home runs. “She didn’t go in slumps,” Carroll coach Steve Harshberger said. “Any at-bat she could bring the big stick and she did that a lot for us this season. And then once she got her change-up working this season, she was throwing lights out on the mound.”
Cheney had its finest season, as it compiled a 20-2 record and qualified for the Class 3A tournament for the second time in program history. The Cardinals finished as the undefeated champions in Central Plains League, and Kennedy Higgins, Kristen Wewe, Kallie Jones, Amy Akler, Taryn Lonker, and Emily Monson all earned all-league honors. “Our goal was to win league and get back to state and that was something the kids had their minds set on this entire season,” Johnson said. “This was probably our best team, from top to bottom, we’ve ever had and they were a pleasure to coach.”