The Illinois Coaches Association has released its first, second and third teams for Class 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A all-state softball honors.
Although no area athlete made the cut in Class 1A, the area is well represented on the other teams for the state’s highest honor.
Beecher was the class of the area this season, so it’s only fitting the Bobcats had four players make the all-state list.
Making the first-team list were the Landis sisters, Kate and Margaret.
Kate finished her final season batting .500 with 16 doubles, five triples, 20 RBIs and 49 runs scored. Margaret was right on her tail, batting .520 with nine doubles, six triples and 27 RBIs alongside 45 runs scored.
Making second-team all-state for the Bobcats were Haley Dobson and Kayla Hon.
Dobson dazzled with a .486 batting average, including six long balls, 18 doubles, a pair of triples, 43 runs scored and 54 RBIs.
Hon shut the opposition down night after night, winning 25 games in the circle with 154 innings thrown, a 1.96 ERA and 191 strikeouts.
To no one’s surprise at all, Herscher’s Gabby Schultz also made first-team all-state. The most feared hitter in the I-8 finished her final season as a Tiger with a .559 batting average, including 10 bombs for second-best in the area, 17 doubles, three triples, 60 runs scored and 56 RBIs.
Molly Cann’s final season as a Tiger earned her second-team honors. The two-hole hitter and four-year mainstay batted .523 with four homers, 12 doubles, 59 runs scored and 39 RBIs.
Chloe Jefferson also earned second-team honors, as she finished with a .442 batting average with eight long balls, 15 doubles, five triples, 37 runs scored and 49 RBIs.
Paige Glass handled leadoff duties for the Tigers and ended the season with a .364 average with a pair of long balls, 11 doubles, 30 runs scored and 20 RBIs. Those efforts put her on third-team all-state.
Reed-Custer’s Antoinette Hill carved her way onto second team after tossing 160 1/3 innings to the tune of 128 strikeouts and carrying a 1.92 ERA. The junior also finished the season batting .342 at the dish with two long balls and 18 RBIs.
Haley Mazon took it upon herself to provide the big bat in the three-hole and batted .390 on the season with a team-high three long balls and 21 RBIs, second-best on the team in her final season as a Comet to earn herself third-team honors.
Kelsi Dillon was charged with setting a tone as the team’s leadoff hitter, and her .419 batting average with 18 RBIs were enough to get her a place on the third team.
Watseka’s Magan Harris earned herself a slot on second-team all-state.
Harris showed what a difference maker she is after a shoulder injury that kept her from playing defense for two weeks. She returned to the circle and went 15-1, striking out 172 batters and finishing with a 2.45 ERA. She batted .400 with eight long balls and 40 RBIs.
Kennedy Bauer’s production at the plate was enough to earn third-team honors after a junior campaign during which she batted .537 with 12 doubles, five homers and 36 RBIs.
Peotone’s Samantha Gwaizda earned herself a third-team spot with a .532 batting average that included five long balls, 32 runs scored and 41 RBIs.
Manteno showed a glimpse of the domination fans can expect next season with all four all-state players returning for one final run.
Lexi Bowdish took top honors as a first-team selection after she finished her junior year batting .515 with three homers, 20 doubles, three triples, 41 runs and 53 RBIs.
Kaycie Wenzel made her way onto the second-team list with a .575 batting average, including 11 doubles, three triples, one long ball, 56 runs and 16 RBIs.
After topping her season batting .519 with eight doubles, four triples, one homer, 49 runs scored and 44 RBIs, Lanie Malone earned her way onto the third-team list.
Kori Fricke showed what a threat she is on both sides of the ball. She finished the season with a .449 average and a team-high four long balls alongside 15 doubles, a pair of triples, 20 runs scored and 41 RBIs. She also earned 15 wins while sporting a 2.39 ERA and striking out 91 batters in the circle, earning a third-team spot.
Kankakee’s Sara Serena ends her career with second-team honors. The senior hurler tossed 117 innings to the tune of a 2.09 ERA and struck out 189 batters. At the dish, she batted .472 with nine doubles, seven triples, five homers, 33 runs scored and 40 RBIs.
Ashton Thomas was also a second-team selection after batting .477 with three long balls, six doubles, 43 runs scored and 22 RBIs for the Kays.
Emily Glogowski, the future of Kays softball in the coming years, earned a third-team selection after a freshman season where she batted .448 with eight doubles, a pair of triples, 36 runs scored and 17 RBIs.
Fresh off a 22-12 season and its first regional title in 12 years, Bradley-Bourbonnais had four players make all-state.
Emma Schriner stepped to the forefront of the Boilers’ offensive attack and earned herself a spot as a first-team all-state player. She finished with a .505 batting average that included five bombs, 10 doubles, 32 runs scored and 37 RBIs.
BeDell earned a second-team spot after ending her final season with a .468 batting average, a line that included three home runs, four triples, nine doubles, 40 runs scored and 35 RBIs
Wehrle enjoyed a nice spike in production for her senior season with a .404 batting average alongside 10 long balls, nine doubles, 45 runs scored and 43 RBIs. Those numbers were enough to give Wehrle a second-team selection.
Talbot undoubtedly is the future of Boilers softball.
Just a freshman, she completed her season with a .409 batting average with two homers, six doubles, 40 runs scored and 18 RBIs from her leadoff spot. She was named a third-team selection.