Morrsion County Record All-Area softball team
Alyssa Ohman, junior, Holdingford
Ohman dominated opposing hitters on the mound while excelling in the batters’ box herself to lead the Huskers this season. Ohman went 11-8 on the mound with a 2.65 earned-run average, striking out 134 batters in 127 innings pitched. Offensively, she hit .465 and slugged seven doubles, two triples and a homer while scoring 25 runs and driving in 21.
Britian Conley, senior, Little Falls
Conley ignited the Flyers’ potent offense this season, setting the table for the heart of the order by posting a .506 on-base percentage. She posed a threat with her speed and power, dropping down nine bunt singles while also hitting four doubles and a grand slam during the season, in addition to handling the pitch-calling duties for the Flyers’ strong pitching staff.
Jacquline Nichols, sophomore, Royalton
A standout performer throughout the season, Nichols was especially reliable in clutch situations, with two of her three home runs serving as walk-off blasts for the Royals. She made a seamless transition from the outfield to behind the plate defensively with a strong arm to shut down opponents’ running game and the agility to block pitches in the dirt. She finished with a .517 average and added eight doubles, three triples and 23 RBIs.
Megan Boser, junior, Pierz
Boser compiled monstrous offensive numbers hitting in the middle of the Pierz order this season, in the process breaking the school’s season (8) and career (14) home run records and also surpassed the season (28) and career (107) hits milestones. She finished with a .452 average and a .984 slugging percentage, driving in 28 runs and scoring 17 on her own.
Marissa Evans, junior, Swanville
Evans was a key force for a Swanville team that came on strong toward the end of the season to finish near the top of the Prairie Conference North Division, hitting .439 to bolster the middle of the lineup. She finished the season with 29 hits, including six doubles and four triples, while also crossing the plate 29 times.
Alayna Kabanuk, senior, Little Falls
Kabanuk recovered from a slow start after missing all of 2011 due to an injury to provide an imposing presence in the middle of the order for the Granite Ridge Conference champion Flyers. Kabanuk had nine extra-base hits with 18 RBIs and 15 runs during the season and put together a 7-for-11 stretch with four RBIs and two runs during the sub-section tournament.
Allison Popp, senior, Royalton
Popp punished opposing pitching staffs with a .492 average, .566 on-base percentage and 14 extra-base hits to capture All-Prairie Conference honors for the third consecutive season to wrap up her career. She accumulated eight doubles, five triples and a walk-off homer to finish with 10 RBIs, while also setting the school record with 30 runs scored. Popp also anchored the Royalton infield at shortstop, displaying a strong arm to go with great range.
Jena Volkers, junior, Holdingford
Volkers helped form an intimidating middle of the lineup for the Huskers this season, hitting .472 with a .542 on-base percentage and a .694 slugging percentage to earn All-Central Minnesota Conference distinction. She finished with five doubles, a triple, three home runs, 14 RBIs and 25 runs while solidifying the Huskers’ infield defense.
Jamie Jenks, junior, Little Falls
Jenks, The Record’s Player of the Year, was a dynamic all-around force this spring, leading the Flyers to a share of the Granite Ridge Conference championship and a trip to the Section 6AA finals. She finished with a .633 average and 1.056 slugging percentage, driving in 46 runs and scoring 38. She also racked up 95 total bases with 16 doubles, two triples and six home runs.
Holly Kampa, senior, Little Falls
Chloe Nelson, senior, Little Falls
Alea Cekalla, sophomore, Little Falls
Sara Schlegel, junior, Pierz
Miranda Woitalla, junior, Pierz
Amy Vannurden, senior, Royalton
Molly Jordan, senior, Swanville
Vickie Maciej, senior, Swanville
Kristen Smieja, senior, Upsala
Kaelin Smieja, junior, Upsala
Ashley Breth, junior, Holdingford
Haley Huls, junior, Holdingford