Genoa-Kingston junior, catcher
Keegan, the 2013 Daily Chronicle Player of the Year, set a G-K school record with a .612 average, slugged better than 1.000 and finished with 11 walks to just three strikeouts. She did all of this while spending time behind the plate, where few runners tried to test her arm.
“Even on wild pitches in the dirt, they can’t go,” Cogs coach Mike Lauer said. “[Teams] can’t advance the baserunner.”
As a freshman, Newport had no problem stepping into the role as the Barbs’ No. 3 hitter. She finished the year with a .384 average, one home run and 26 RBIs, and was excellent in the circle. She finished with a 1.14 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 98 1/3 innings pitched.
“To do that with 17- and 18-year-old kids, I think that speaks volumes,” DeKalb coach Jeff Davis said. “Without her I really don’t know where we would have been. Definitely not as good. She was a big part of our success this year.”
DeKalb, senior, outfielder
Killeen led the Barbs in average (.481) and on-base percentage (.538) and was a standout in center field. The four-year varsity player will be a big loss for DeKalb next year.
“When you’ve got to replace a kid that hits .400 and runs down balls in gaps in center field, that’s going to be hard to replace,” Davis said.
DeKalb, senior second baseman
Walter led DeKalb with a .632 slugging percentage as the Barbs’ No. 2 hitter. She had a batting average of .461 and an on-base percentage of .523. Both were the second-highest totals in the DeKalb lineup behind Killeen.
“People think, well second base, it’s not that important of a position. Softball’s more of a small-ball game,” Davis said. “Really, she’s a 2B/1B. She probably covers first base a good 20 or 30 times in a season.”
Sycamore, junior, outfielder
The Spartans’ most reliable hitter, Taylor hit .349 with five home runs and 30 RBIs. She had 14 multihit games and nine games with two or more RBIs. Taylor was at her best in conference play, hitting .394.
“She’s just a hard-nosed player who showed up ready to play hard every day,” Sycamore coach Jill Carpenter said. “I know I really appreciated that.”
Tamraz was at her best in the Hawks’ 3-2, nine-inning regional final win over Alden-Hebron, hitting a double and scoring in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, and scoring the winning run after tripling in the ninth. She hit .575 with 32 RBIs and was 4-2 in the circle with a 1.85 ERA.
“Ashley was a true leader on this team,” Hawks coach David Tamraz said about his daughter. “She helped me with underclassmen, was a role model and the biggest competitor I have ever coached.”
Kaneland, junior, outfielder
Roach was an on-base machine for Kaneland. She batted a team-high .518 for the Knights, and had a .586 on-base percentage, which also led the team. On top of that, Roach stole 19 bases.
“Lexi has worked hard the past couple of years to make herself the player she is,” Kaneland coach Brian Willis said. “I expect great things next year as she continues to grow as a player and person. Her hustle and desire to succeed is second to none.”
Kaneland, senior, shortstop
The two-time Daily Chronicle All-Area selection was one of many sound players for the Knights. She hit .506, slugged .697 and struck out just three times.
“Allyson has been a four-year starter at shortstop. Her knowledge of the game and leadership will be missed more than we know,” Willis said. “She has worked hard to be successful and hopefully that has rubbed off on some of our younger players coming up.”
Indian Creek, junior, catcher
The Timberwolves had 50 RBIs as a team this year – Kauffman had 23 of those. She had an on-base percentage of .672 and slugged .981. Kauffman mainly worked behind the plate, but also played other positions as well.
“While she shines behind the plate, she does not hesitate when she is asked to play outfield, shortstop or first base,” Timberwolves coach Alyx Gunderson said. “Her willingness to adapt and adjust has helped her develop into a truly amazing softball player.”
Sycamore, senior, pitcher
Genoa-Kingston, senior, pitcher/first baseman
DeKalb, junior, shortstop
Hiawatha, senior, shortstop/pitcher
DeKalb, junior, catcher
Kaneland, junior, outfielder
Sycamore, senior, first baseman
DeKalb, junior, outfielder
Kaneland, sophomore, catcher