Six Warriors earn All-CVL honors

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
Six members of the Marion High School softball team and three members of the baseball team received all-league recognition by the Cottonwood Valley League.

In softball, Caitlin O’Dell was picked as first-team catcher, Sara Williams was first-team left-fielder and Leann Thomas made the first team as a utility player.

Making the second team were Emmy Bowers at shortstop and Kara Holt at third base.

Whitney Wear was an honorable-mention pick at centerfield.

O’Dell, a senior, had a fielding percentage of .929, recording 68 put outs, 10 assists and only six errors.

Thomas, a junior, played both pitcher and first base to earn her selection to the utility position. Thomas hit .339 with 11 runs batted in. She also had 46 putouts and 75 assists with just four errors. On the mound, she struck out out 45 and allowed 86 hits and 65 runs.

Williams’ batting average was .324. The junior had 15 RBIs, 14 stolen bases and collected three doubles, two triples and two home runs.

Holt had six putouts, 40 assists and only two errors in 48 chances. The sophomore hit .279 with six RBIs and four doubles.

In 94 fielding chances, Bowers recorded 27 putouts, 60 assists and only seven errors. The senior led the team in hitting (.344) and home runs (3), had three triples, two doubles and 10 RBIs. She stole 10 bases and and struck out just twice in 64 plate appearances.

Wear, a junior, had 13 putouts, and three errors in 16 attempts. She batted .214, but led the team in walks and stole 14 bases. She drove in four runs this season.

In baseball, the Warriors landed two players on the first team: Clayton Chamberland at shortstop and Jimmy Shipman as designated hitter). Neil Waner was named to the second-team outfield.

Chamberland led the Warriors in hitting (.543), including a single-season school record 14 doubles. He had 20 RBIs and struck out just four times. Chamberland led the team in slugging percentage (.829) and had an on-base percentage of .573.

Shipman, a senior, batted .423, compiling 30 hits and leading the team in RBIs with 22. He scored 17 runs, had an on-base percentage of .453 and a slugging percentage of .662.

Waner, also a senior, hit .361 with 22 hits, including six doubles and seven RBIs. His slugging percentage was .508 and his on-base percentage was .443.

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