June 29, 2010
Local foursome first team picks
Four local players have earned first-team honors in all-star voting by the Central Counties League softball coaches.
Senior pitcher Courtney Tillotson from third-place McGraw, fifth place DeRuyter’s junior pitcher Kayla Hampton and senior catcher Weslee Eckler and senior pitcher-second baseman-firstbaseman Hannah Smith from sixth-place Cincinnatus earned berths on the elite squad, as did Cheyenne Bumpus, Andrea Rogers, Marriah Gough and Nicole Rossi from league champion Stockbridge Valley, Julia Brouillette and Chelsea Ghent from Madison and Samantha Keith from Brookfield.
The second team consists of senior second baseman Jenna Tobias and freshman shortstop Nicole Purcell from Brookfield, DeRuyter junior shortstop Bridget Way and senior third baseman Amber Schlafer, Cincinnatus junior catcher-infielder Johanna Stark, Stockbridge Valley’s Bri Printup, Madison’s Taylor Jeffris and Jenna Hewes from Brookfield.
Honorable mentions are Cincinnatus sophomore pitcher-first baseman-second baseman Katelyn Schroeder, and senior third baseman Amanda Joslin, Stockbridge Valley’s Justiss Usborne, Taylor Best from Madison and Brookfield’s Ashley Snyder.
The three local coaches had the following comments on their first-teamers.
McGraw coach Joe Seamans on Courtney Tillotson:
“Courtney pitched every game for us this season, going 7-5 in the league and 1-1 in Class D sectionals. She pitched 86 innings with 93 strikeouts, eight walks, 103 runs, 38 of them earned and 84 hits allowed.
Tobias, who also played soccer, was selected to receive a Section III senior scholarship representing McGraw. The same honor went to Vitaliy Levitsky, who played soccer and basketball for the Eagles.
DeRuyter coach Stephanie Critelli On Kayla Hampton and Weslee Eckler:
“Kayla and Weslee were chosen for first-team all-stars because they worked well together and were a great battery among those in the the league. Kayla had a batting average of .450 and as a pitcher had 90 strikeouts. Weslee was great behind the plate, and very little went past her. She ran the field as a catcher should, and was a true leader and senior on the team. Weslee had a .256 batting average.”
Cincinnatus coach Emily Stith on Hannah Smith:
“Hannah was a tremendous asset to our team. She always has a positive attitude and is the voice of leadership and support on the team. She could always be counted on to do anything that was asked of her. She did a fantastic job pitching this season pitching (87 strikeouts) and she led the team in stats for batting (.354 batting average, five RBIs, two2 doubles, one triple). Hannah (who also had 11 putouts and 19 assists as a fielder) will be missed greatly and is leaving behind some serious shoes to fill for the underclassmen.”
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