June 29, 2013
Quartet of local all-stars
Central Counties League softball runner-up McGraw Central had two players named to the all-league first team, while one player each from fourth-place Cincinnatus and seventh-place DeRuyter were also named to the elite squad.
Representing the Eagles on the first team are seniors Nicole Purcell (shortstop), for the third year in a row, and Shelby Mix (center fielder), who was also a first-teamer a year ago.They are joined there by Cincinnatus junior shortstop-pitcher Mallory Cobb, another repeat first-teamer, and DeRuyter sophomore catcher Sam Gordon. The first team also includes seniors Justiss Usborne (pitcher), Meriah Beauvais (shortstop) and Sam Yates (first baseman) plus freshman catcher Tiffani Jacobs from league champion Stockbridge Valley, senior Shana Biedermann from Madison, Brookfield’s Jill Hughes and, from Otselic Valley, Courtney Pittsley.
The second team consists of McGraw junior pitcher Kaleigh Moffitt, Cincinnatus junior catcher Darcie Wood, Teresa Meeker from Stockbridge Valley, Madison’s Emily Davis, Brooke Terrier and Alyssa Worden from Brookfield and, from Otselic Valley, Karalee Mikula.
Honorable mention was accorded to McGraw senior left fielder Tesla Standish, Cincinnatus junior pitcher-outfielder Danielle Wood (Darcie’s twin sister), Nicole Jacobs from Stockbridge Valley, Madison’s Autumn McLain and Nikki Tubbs, Brookfield’s Lindsay Bellair and, from Otselic Valley, Susan Graham.
Following are the local coaches’ comments on their first-teamers.
McGRAW COACH JOE SEAMANS
On Nicole Purcell: “Nicole led the team in batting average (.424), home runs (two) and triples (eight). She has been the starting shortstop for five years and would make clutch plays when the team needed it the most, including a solo home run to tie the sectional game against Lyme (a 2-1 first-round loss in the Class D tournament). “
Purcell also had four doubles with 24 runs and 24 RBIs.
On Shelby Mix: “Shelby has been the lead off batter for the team for the past three years. She has the ability to read the third baseman and either put down a well-placed bunt to get on base or hit a base hit. She only struck out four times this season and really got our offense going at the start of every game. Shelby also played center field for four years and anchored the outfield.”
Mix hit .400 with 14 walks, 24 runs scored and five RBIs.
CINCINNATUS COACH MACY COBB
On Mallory Cobb: “Mallory thinks well and was one of the better shortstops in the league defensively. As a pitcher she led our team in strikeouts and was also a strong batter (no statistics available). Quite often I didn’t pitch her because I wanted her at shortstop.”
DeRUYTER COACH STEPHANIE CRITELLI
On Sam Gordon: “Sam is a great all-around and situational player. She knows her job as a catcher and is aggressive. She threw out 15 runners trying to advance, and hit .476 with four doubles and four triples.”
Final CCL standings: Stockbridge Valley 12-0, McGraw 9-3, Madison 8-4, Cincinnatus 6-6, Brookfield 5-7, Otselic Valley 2-10, DeRuyter 0-12
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