Prep Softball

All-Area Softball: First-team profiles

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Jun. 8, 2018 10:50 pm Updated: Jun. 9, 2018 12:23 am

KRISTIN MARTIN

INF., Sr., Notre Dame

The stats: Martin batted a team-high .404 for the Raiders, driving in 35 runs, and scoring 35 runs in 36 games. She also had 16 extra-base hits, including 10 doubles. She was walked 12 times and hit by five pitches, helping contribute to a .480 on-base percentage.

The highlight: Martin had four hits, including two doubles, and drove in three runs in a 16-1 victory over West Hancock on April 25.

OLIVIA PFEIFER

INF, Sr., Hannibal

The stats: Pfeifer closed out a remarkable career by batting .522, collecting 47 hits and 45 runs in 90 at-bats. She had six doubles and eight triples, and she was 39 for 39 in stolen bases. She also committed just seven errors in 115 chances at shortstop. She was a first-team all-state pick and set 17 school records.

The highlight: In her final home game, an 8-3 victory over Fulton on Sept. 21, Pfiefer swiped her 33rd base of the season to break the program record.

MARIAH MARKERT

INF, Sr., Brown County

The stats: Markert is a repeat first-team selection after hitting .427. She had 41 hits, with 24 of them going for extra-bases -- 9 doubles, 7 triples and 8 home runs -- for a .917 slugging percentage. She also stole 18 bases in 19 attempts, and she made only two errors in 88 chances.

The highlight: Markert had four hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in three runs in an 11-3 victory over Pleasant Plains on April 21.

BAYLEE CLAMPITT

INF, Sr., Illini West

The stats: Clampitt hit .456, scored 45 runs and drove in 36 runs in 33 games for the Chargers. She had 20 extra-base hits and had a .738 slugging percentage. She also was solid defensively, making just five errors playing third base and shortstop. She was an all-West Central Conference selection.

The highlight: Clampitt hit a two-run single in the fourth inning and a two-run double in the fifth inning to lead Illini West to an 11-1 victory over West Hancock in the Class 2A Warsaw Regional championship game.

ABI GREGG

OF, Sr., Payson Seymour

The stats: Gregg hit .435 with 17 runs scored and 19 runs batted in. She's a two-time member of the all-Pike County Conference first team and the West Central Conference Tournament team. "She's a natural leader who is good about stepping up and taking charge," Indians coach Lisa Schwartz said.

The highlight: Gregg had a single, a triple and three RBIs in Payson Seymour's 5-4 victory over Winchester West Central on May 7.

BECCA SCOTT

OF, Jr., Highland

The stats: Scott hit a sizzling .478 with 40 runs batted in, 21 runs scored and 44 hits in 92 at-bats. She had 17 extra-base hits, with seven of them home runs, and had a slugging percentage of .826. She broke Highland single-season records for hits, RBIs and batting average. She only made one error in the outfield. She was a second-team all-state selection.

The highlight: Scott had two singles, a double, a home run, five runs batted in and three runs scored in a 10-1 victory over Putnam County in the Putnam County Tournament on Sept. 2.

ALI BLISS

OF, Jr., Illini West

The stats: Bliss was a left-handed slap hitter and was at the top of the Chargers' batting order, and she batted .394 with 43 runs scored and 43 hits in 33 games. She also had a .436 on-base percentage and was an all-West Central Conference selection.

The highlight: Bliss had three hits and scored four runs in Illini West's 19-1 victory over Southeastern on May 3.

RONI WINGERTER

C, Sr., Quincy

The stats: Wingerter was the toughest out in the Blue Devils' lineup, hitting .488 (and .552 against non-Western Big Six Conference opponents. She hit five home runs and finished with 16 extra-base hits, and she drove in 31 runs. Wingerter was Quincy's only selection to the all-WB6 team.

The highlight: Wingerter belted a three-run home run in the top of the first inning on May 5, and the Blue Devils never trailed as they outslugged United Township for an 11-8 victory.

OLIVIA JARVIS

P, Sr., Canton

The stats: Jarvis did the bulk of the work in the circe in Canton's state title run, posting a 15-4 record with a 1.35 earned run average. She had 108 strikeouts in 109 innings, and opponents batted just .218 against her. She also batted .346 with 21 runs batted in and 27 runs scored in 26 games.

The highlight: Jarvis allowed six hits and struck out six in Canton's 6-1 victory over Pilot Grove in the Class 1 state championship game on Oct. 21.

LARA PENCE

P, Sr., Illini West

The stats: Pence was one of the top pitchers in west-central Illinois, posting an 11-4 record with a 2.22 earned run average and 111 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings. She also batted fourth in the Chargers' lineup and played shortstop when she wasn't pitching, batting .370 with 35 RBIs. She made just three errors in 72 chances.

The highlight: Pence pitched a no-hitter on April 25 in an 11-0 victory over Macomb.

JACEY NALL

P, Sr., Central

The stats: The three-time Herald-Whig Player of the Year went out with a bang, posting a 20-5 record with a 1.11 earned run average with a school-record 290 strikeouts in 177 1/3 innings. She finished with 1,002 strikeouts and 69 victories in her career. She also batted .430 with five home runs and 23 runs batted in.

The highlight: Nall pitched a no-hitter and struck out 15 batters in Central's 5-0 victory over Unity in the Class 1A Unity Regional on May 18.

ALISSA HODGE

Utility, Sr., Brown County

The stats: Hodge hit .490 with 24 runs scored, 28 runs batted in and 48 hits in 98 at-bats. She had 13 doubles, three triples and five home runs for a slugging percentage of .837. She also had a 12-5 record as a pitcher and a 2.48 earned run average, with 139 strikeouts in 107 innings.

The highlight: Hodge drove in the go-ahead runs with a double in the bottom of the fifth inning, then pitched a five-hitter to give Brown County a 4-2 victory over Jacksonville Routt in the Class 1A Jacksonville Routt Regional title game.

LAKEN HUGENBERG

Utility, Jr., Canton

The stats: Hugenberg was the biggest producer in the Canton lineup, hitting .465 with 29 runs scored and 47 RBIs in just 26 games. She had 17 extra-base hits, including five home runs. Her slugging percentage was .802, and her on-base percentage was .516.

The highlight: Hugenberg hit two home runs and had seven runs batted in to lead Canton to a 17-6 victory over Gallatin in a Class 1A sectional game on Oct. 11.

ASHLEIGH CREEK

Utility, Sr., Scotland County

The stats: Creek did it all for the Tigers in the fall. She batted .535 with 38 hits and 30 RBIs in 71 at-bats, and she had 13 extra-base hits, including seven home runs, for a .930 slugging percentage. She had a 13-6 record as a pitcher with a 2.04 earned run average with 133 strikeouts in 126 innings.

The highlight: Creek homered in the sixth inning to help the Tigers rally and force extra innings in a 3-2 victory over Schuyler County on Sept. 19. She also struck out 12 and allowed seven hits while walking just one.

JORDAN BRITE

Utility, Sr., Griggsville-Perry

The stats: Brite hit a robust .542 with 27 runs scored, 37 runs batted in and 52 hits in just 96 at-bats. She had 14 doubles that helped build her .781 slugging percentage, and she also stole 20 bases out of 22 attempts. She handled most of the pitching for the Tornadoes, going 6-8 with a 2.15 earned run average.

The highlight: Brite struck out 11 batters and didn't walk any in Griggsville-Perry's 4-2 victory over Carrollton in the first round of the Class 1A Carrollton Regional on May 17.