Six Trojans earn All-MCAA softball, baseball recognition

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Four members of the Hillsboro High School softball team and two members of the baseball team received all-league recognition by the Mid Central Activities Association.

For the softball team, which finished 15-5, three players were named to the first team and one received honorable mention.

Heading the list was pitcher Marissa Diener, who finished with a 9-3 record and a 3.94 earned-run average. The junior right-hander struck out 80 batters and walked 25 in 71 innings.

Also named to the first team was her battery mate, Emily Ratzlaff. The junior catcher led the team in hitting (.500), slugging percentage (.750), on-base percentage (.622), runs batted in (21), triples (4) and walks (16) and had a fielding average of .833.

Sophomore Laura Lindsay earned a spot on the first team as a utility player. As a pitcher, Lindsay was 5-2 for the season with an ERA of 4.33, 37 strikeouts and 10 walks in 42 innings. The part-time outfielder batted .328 with 20 hits and 16 runs batted in. She led the team in sacrifices (5) and was second in walks (13).

Named as an honorable-mention pick at shortstop was Amy Duerksen. The junior batted .403 with 25 runs batted in and led the team in hits (31) and runs scored 32). Her fielding percentage was .877.

In baseball, Trojan senior Jared Fish and sophomore Adam Scheele received honorable mention on the All-MCAA team.

Fish, recognized for his play in the outfield, batted .377 for the 3-16 Trojans. He stroked 26 hits, drove in 10 runs, hit one home run for an on-base percentage of .397 and a slugging percentage of .507. He had a fielding percentage of .926.

Scheele, meanwhile, led the team in hitting (.466), total hits (27), doubles (10), triples (2), runs batted in (12), on-base percentage (.551) and slugging percentage (.759). His fielding percentage was .962.

2004 MCAA all-league softball

Pitchers: *Lindsay Herrell, jr., Nickerson; *Tiffany Taylor, jr., Lyons; Marissa Diener jr., Hillsboro; Ciara Storm, sr., Collegiate. Honorable mention: Catherine Nellans, sr., Haven; Karas Fairchild, jr., Smoky Valley; Megan Wedel, so., Halstead.

Catcher: Emily Ratzlaff, jr., Hillsboro. Honorable mention: Megan Ashens, jr., Nickerson; Heidi Schowalter, so., Lyons; Kelly Copeland, jr., Smoky Valley.

First base: Allyson Weldy, sr., Smoky Valley. Honorable mention: Megan Pound, sr., Lyons; Jamie Moore, jr., Nickerson; Christina Jordan, sr., Haven.

Second base: Holly Messamore, jr., Collegiate. Honorable mention: Jaimie Bontrager, sr., Haven; Katie Proffitt, jr., Nickerson; Amie Suhler, sr., Lyons.

Shortstop: Andrea Leiker, jr., Lyons. Honorable mention: Laicole Walker, so., Collegiate; Amy Duerksen, jr., Hillsboro; Ashley Douglas, Halstead; Maria O’Halloran, sr., Hesston.

Third base: Sarah Burch, jr., Collegiate. Honorable mention: Crystal Hale, sr., Haven; Audra Christophel, sr., Hesston; Danielle Goossen, sr., Hillsboro; Amber Koons, jr., Smoky Valley; Ashley Engelland, jr., Nickerson.

Outfielders: Catherine Nellans, sr., Haven; Samantha Kerr, jr., Lyons; Julie Huxman, so., Hesston; Nicole Kratzer, fr., Lyons. Honorable mention: Sarah Healy, Collegiate.

Utility: Laura Lindsay, so., Hillsboro. Honorable mention: Britany Brady, fr., Smoky Valley; Hayley Hunsberger, fr., Haven.

Designated hitter: Cana Wilson, jr., Collegiate.

*Unanimous pick

2004 MCAA all-league baseball

Pitchers: Brandon Meyers, sr., Nickerson; Matt Meyer, jr., Haven; JC Bredengerd, jr., Collegiate; Anthony Martinez, sr., Lyons. Honorable mention: Chantry George, sr., Smoky Valley; Tyler Viramontez, jr., Lyons; Kevin Amos, jr., Collegiate.

Catcher: Ross Ballard, jr., Nickerson; Wade Church, sr., Lyons. Honorable mention: Darren Biegert, so., Smoky Valley.

First base: Tyler Viramontez, jr., Lyons. Honorable mention: Zach Weibert, sr., Smoky Valley; Jeff Schurman, jr., Collegiate.

Second base: Tim George, sr., Smoky Valley; Garrett Thompson, sr., Lyons. Honorable mention: Matt Meyer, jr., Haven; Jarrett Bauerle, jr., Nickerson.

Shortstop: Brandon Meyers, sr., Nickerson. Honorable mention: Kevin Sechrist, jr., Lyons.

Third base: Marcus Wells, jr., Haven. Honorable mention: JC Bredengerd, jr., Collegiate; BJ Bryant, so., Halstead.

Outfielders: Andy Dirks, sr., Haven; Jason Clifford, sr., Nickerson; Nick Troilo, jr., Collegiate; Clint Bieberle, so., Lyons. Honorable mention: Tyler Looney, sr., Smoky Valley; Jared Fish, sr., Hillsboro; Adam Scheele, so., Hillsboro; Ian Arndt, sr., Haven; Tyler Stone, sr., Lyons.

Utility: Chantry George, sr., Smoky Valley; Ben Drake, jr., Haven. Honorable mention: Justin Calvin, fr., Halstead; Brett Higgins, so., Lyons.

Designated hitter: Kevin Ruud, sr., Smoky Valley. Honorable mention: Travis Wike, jr., Collegiate.

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