All-Area Softball 2017

Our selection process

     Coaches from all six area softball teams (Little Falls, Pierz, Royalton, Swanville, Upsala and Holdingford) were asked to nominate players from their team that they believed deserved to be named to the nine-player all-area team (one pitcher and eight remaining position players), including their accomplishments from the season. Coaches were also asked to list players they believed deserved to be considered for honorable mention recognition.

Criteria used to select the best possible candidates for the nine-member 2017 Record All-Area softball team were: postseason and regular season performance, strength of competition, strength of team played on, consistency, contributions toward team success, position and coaches’ input.

Players that were considered but not named to the nine-player team were given honorable mention distinction.

Pitcher

Brittney Boser, junior, Pierz

The Record All-Area Player of the Year for the second straight year, once again led the Pioneers on a deep section playoff run. She shattered the Pierz record books breaking school records for doubles in a season (15), RBI in a season (39), wins for a pitcher (17), career strikeouts (389) and season ERA (1.53). As a junior this season she struck out 188 batters in a shade under 154 innings. Offensively she hit a team-best .441 and smacked four home runs.

 

Catcher

Brianna Meyer, senior, Pierz

Meyer closed out a storied Pierz career as the vocal leader of the Pioneers and the battery mate of Boser. In the No. 3 spot of the Pioneers lineup, Meyer hit .418 second to only Boser on the team and drove in 24 runs. She also scored 28 times and was a very strong presence behind the plate. She had a strong arm, and often gunned down batters.

 

First Base/Shortstop

Chelsea Moran, senior, Little Falls

Moran was a bright spot for the four-win Flyers, especially on the offensive side. She hit a team-best .316 with a .451 on base percentage, also tops on the squad. She hit the lone Flyers home run this season and drove in nine RBIs. Versatile, Moran played both shortstop and first base when needed.

 

Second base

Macey Petron, freshman, Royalton

Petron impressed as both a fielder and an offensive force for the 14-9 Royals. She batted .324 with a .415 on base percentage. She was second on the team in runs scored with 28 and also had 21 RBIs. A strong fielder as well, Petron was second on the team with 25 assists.

 

Shortstop

Jordyn Bzdok, senior, Royalton

The Royalton senior was the area’s best leadoff hitter. She had a stellar .538 on base percentage despite only ripping 11 hits. She reached first by being hit by a pitch nearly 30 times. She scored a team-best 32 times and was the team leader in assists with 45.

 

Infield/pitcher

Kiley Loven, senior, Swanville

Despite a tough season for the Bulldogs, Loven was strong, especially at the plate. The senior got on base an astonishing .594 of the time. She batted .400, including eight doubles as the No. 3 hitter for Swanville. She was also the go-to pitcher.

 

Outfielder

Hannah Kahl, senior, Pierz

The Pioneers senior was like a vacuum in left field, catching nearly everything that went her way throughout the season, but especially in the playoffs. At the plate, she drew an impressive 22 walks in 90 plate appearances, which helped her scored a team-best 29 runs.

 

Utility/Pitcher

Jenna Carlson, sophomore, Royalton

Carlson had a strong sophomore year as a do-it-all player for the Royals. She played mostly second and DH, but also pitched on occasion. Offensively she was strong, batting a team-best .357 with a .471 on base percentage. She scored 27 runs and stole 22 bases as well. As a pitcher she was 1-1 in three starts and 10 appearances.. She had nearly a six ERA, but struck out 23 batters in a little less than 27 innings.

 

Outfielder/Catcher

Katlin Welinski, senior, Upsala

Welinski made the move from outfield to mostly being a catcher as a senior. She was a leader in the clubhouse and on the field. Welinski batted a solid .350 with a .450 on-base percentage. She stole 26 bases and scored 21 runs. She blasted a home run as well with 11 RBIs.

Honorable mention

Angela Meschke, senior, Little Falls

Christy Masog, senior, Little Falls

Taylor Cummings, sophomore, Pierz

Terri Tretter, sophomore, Pierz

Brooklyn Pekarek, junior, Royalton

Laura Huls, senior, Royalton

Allyson Waletski, freshman, Royalton

Ali Tresco, senior, Royalton

Callie Kostreba, junior Holdingford

Marissa Gerads, sophomore, Holdingford

Hannah Schneider, sophomore, Swanville

Abby Ripplinger, freshman, Upsala