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After a busy softball season, with many intense moments, it’s now time to take the time to recognize the players that made it happen with the release of the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s All-District softball lists.
In each of the classes, Union area girls were some of the best and a plethora have been recognized for their outstanding play.
Representing 3A from the Southeast Conference (SEC) is the Fairfield duo of Hannah Simpson and Coty Engle.
Simpson was one of the heaviest hitters in the SEC and held the top average at the plate with a .523. She ended the season first in hits with 57 and tied for first in RBIs with 50. Simpson was also finished at the top in total bases, 103, on base percentage, .633, slugging percentage, 0.945 and walks with 34. Her 10 home runs were second best in the league.
Engle had herself a great year on the mound and with the bats. She was the winningest pitcher in the league with 20. With a 2.17 earned runs average (ERA) she was third in the SEC. Engle led with the most strikeouts, 183, and held the lowest opponent batting average at .172. With the bat, Engle batted .356. She led the conference in runs with 46. Her three triple were tied for first and with 33 singles she was fifth. She finished fourth in total bases with 58 and her 30 walks were second behind Simpson.
Making the list in 2A is the Cardinal trio of Nicoa McClure, Caitlyn Reber and Emma Becker.
McClure was one of the best pitchers in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference this past season. She was fantastic for the Comets. In the SEISC South, she finished with the second most wins, 17. Her ERA of 2.21 was fourth best in the south. With 141 strikeouts, she was second. Opponents had a tough time hitting the ball off of McClure as she held opponents to a batting average of .232, good enough for second in the conference.
Reber was one of top hitters for the Comets. She led the conference in hits with 54 and also sits at the top in singles with 43. Her 67 total bases were fifth in the SEISC South. On a team that excelled at stealing bases, Reber ended with 14 for fifth in the south. In a league full of big hitters, Reber finished eighth with an average of .435.
Becker ended her season with a batting average of .432. She’s all over the stat sheet when it was to hitting. Becker finished fourth in hits with 51, fourth in runs with 35, fourth in RBIs, 33, fourth in singles, 37 and tied for fist in triple with three. Her 70 total bases were third overall. She also had 18 stolen bases, which tied her for second with teammate Brinlee Ostrander. Comet Kinsey Hissem took the top spot.
Representing Class 1A is Highland’s Payton Brun and Sarah Burton. The duo had a great year at the plate for the Huskies.
Burton finished her year with a batting average of .465, sixth in the SEISC North. Burton finished second in a handful of statistical categories. She ended second in runs with 47, second in home runs with six and second in stolen bases with 37. Her 46 hits were third best, along with five triples. Burton led the conference with 80 total bases.
Brun ended the season with an average of .420 in the box. With 25 RBIs she led Highland and ranked seventh in the North division. She was also seventh in runs with 31. With 42 hits, she ranked ninth. Brun was fifth in the league in doubles with 11. She also tallied 28 singles and one home run.
Highland head coach Carrie Wieland was also named the Class 1A Southeast Coach of the Year.
She helped the Huskies accumulate a 21-9 overall, 13-3 conference, record this past season. Wieland and the Huskies made it to the regional semifinals, but fell to eventual state champion Twin Cedars.
The fulls lists and all the recipients can be found below.
Saydee Plummer, Burlington, 10
Morgan Schroeder, Burlington, 12
Elle Nelsen, Dallas Center-Grimes, 12
Aubrey Johansen, Dallas Center-Grimes, 10
Coty Engle, Fairfield, 11
Hannah Simpson, Fairfield, 12
Erika Kruse, Fort Madison, 11
Lexi Whaley, Fort Madison, 10
Mara Bishop, Indianola, 12
Brynn Ortlund, Indianola, 11
Ashlyn Finarty, Knoxville, 11
Nyah Hulbert, Norwalk, 9
Zadie Wadle, Norwalk, 11
Ava Curry, Pella, 10
Coach of the Year, Jared Rehm, Fort Madison
Nicoa McClure, Cardinal, 10
Caitlyn Reber, Cardinal, 12
Emma Becker, Cardinal, 10
Devin Simon, Cascade, 11
Kylie Doty, Colfax-Mingo, 12
Abigayle Rawlins, Colfax-Mingo, 11
Ally Happ, Durant, 12
Kylie Schult, Durant, 12
Piper Brant, Louisa-Muscatine, 12
McKenzie Kissell, Louisa-Muscatine, 11
Morgan Stecher, Louisa-Muscatine, 10
Emri Agre, Pella Christian, 11
Natalie Harrill, Pella Christian, 12
Courtney Kessler, Regina-Catholic, 11
Emma Nibaur, Regina-Catholic, 12
Lanie Meyer, West Branch, 9
Charlotte Brown, Wilton, 11
Taylor Drayfahl, Wilton, 11
Peyton Souhrada,Wilton, 12
Coach of the Year, Kortney Denkman, Wilton
Campbell German, Martensdale-St. Marys, 10
Mallory Raney, East Union, 12
Payton Brun, Highland, 10
Sarah Burton, Highland, 10
Taylor Henson, Lamoni, 9
Cameron Martin, Lamoni, 12
Sadie Cox, Lenox, 9
Arlie Lorack, Lone Tree, 12
Jackie Kleve, Martensdale-St. Marys, 12
Josie Hartman, Southeast Warren, 12
Breanna Nolte, Southeast Warren, 11
Alivia Ruble, Southeast Warren, 11
Serah Shafer, Wapello, 12
Sterling Berndt, Wayne, 12
Emily Jones, Wayne, 12
Coach of the Year, Carrie Wieland, Highland