Camryn BeDell | Bradley-Bourbonnais | Shortstop | Senior
If you need a player who throws caution to the wind and gives up her body to make an out, BeDell is the player you want. Not afraid of getting dirty, multiple diving saves from her shortstop position saved BBCHS numerous times according to head coach Haylee Beck. At the dish, BeDell is pretty much guaranteed a hit ... she topped 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. She was a second-team all-state selection in Class 4A.
Bailey Bernicky | Trinity | Shortstop | Senior
The Eagles’ season started out slower than they might have liked, but around the seventh game of the year, they took off and Bernicky was a huge reason why. She finished with an outrageous .632 batting average alongside three long balls, seven doubles, four triples and 47 RBIs. Bernicky graduates as one of the most, if not the most, decorated softball players in Trinity’s history. She holds school records for hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, batting average and on-base percentage.
Lexi Bowdish | Manteno | Catcher | Junior
Talent, athleticism, power and arm strength, Bowdish is a jack of all trades. It’s no wonder Butler University wanted her so bad. She ended her junior year batting .515 with three homers, 20 doubles, three triples, 41 runs and 53 RBIs. She earned first-team I-8 honors alongside a first-team all-state nod in Class 3A. With one final season as a Panther still in the cards, Bowdish will no doubt be one of the most exciting players to watch next spring.
Molly Cann | Herscher | First Baseman | Senior
Put Molly Cann anywhere on a softball field and your team gets that much better. Defensively, she proved to be a Swiss Army knife and played out of her usual first base position whenever needed. However, her bat remained as consistent as ever as she hit .523 with four homers, 12 doubles, 59 runs scored and 39 RBIs en route to first-team I-8 and second-team all-state honors in Class 2A. She ends her career as a four-time all-area selection.
Brandi Chase | St. Anne | First Baseman | Sophomore
St. Anne’s youth movement took another step forward with Chase leading the charge. The sophomore slugger finished her season with a ridiculous .655 batting average, best in the area, including eight doubles, seven triples, three homers, 28 runs scored and 30 RBIs. She was a first-team RVC selection and returns for another season to strike even more fear into opposing pitchers.
Haley Dobson | Beecher | Second Baseman | Senior
Dobson was a mystery after transferring to Beecher from Andrew, but she left a lasting impression on the softball scene. Handling three-hole duties, she finished her season with a .486 batting average, six long balls, 18 doubles, a pair of triples, 43 runs and 54 RBIs. The Judson University commit was a first-team RVC selection and named second-team all-state in Class 2A.
Abby Edwards | Dwight | Pitcher | Senior
Edwards earns the nod as the Daily Journal's Player of the Year. After seeing her numbers, you’ll know why. The future Pittsburgh Panther batted a ridiculous .581 with eight doubles, 11 long balls, tied for best in the area, and 43 RBIs. She dazzled inside the circle, but that’s not really news. She finished 21-5, tossing 223 innings with a 1.89 ERA and punched out 219 batters, tops in the area while getting Dwight to a Class 1A sectional final and earning a first-team SVC honor.
Madison Emerson | Coal City | Designated Hitter | Sophomore
Youth was at the epicenter of Coaler softball this season, and Emerson showed to have all the makings as the future of the program. The sophomore finished the year with a .337 batting average including 11 doubles, four homers, 24 runs and 26 RBIs for the 14-win Coalers. She was a first-team I-8 selection. With only three seniors graduating, eyes are on Coal City in the near future and Emerson is leading the charge.
Kori Fricke | Manteno | Pitcher | Junior
Inside the 6-foot frame of Fricke lies a lot of power, and she has no problem displaying it. 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. Her arm was just as spectacular as she earned 15 wins while sporting a 2.39 ERA and striking out 91 batters inside the circle. She earned first-team I-8 honors and a third-team all-state selection.
Magan Harris | Wasteka | Pitcher | Junior
Watseka endured a slow start to its season and Harris’ health was at the center of it all. After not being able to pitch for two weeks with shoulder issues, she returned to the circle and went 15-1 while striking out 172 batters and finishing with a 2.45 ERA. Offensively, the junior power threat continued her reign of terror at the dish, batting .400 with eight long balls and 40 RBIs. She was a first-team SVC and second-team all-state selection in Class 2A.
Antoinette Hill | Reed-Custer | Pitcher | Junior
Hill stepped to the forefront of Reed-Custer's softball program and the Comets barely missed a beat. The University of Purdue commit took over duties in the circle and promptly tossed 160 1/3 innings to the tune of 128 strikeouts, including 19 against Peotone, with a 1.92 ERA. She also finished batting .342 at the dish with two long balls and 18 RBIs. She was a first-team I-8 selection and earned a second-team all-state nod in Class 2A. With one year left in a Comet uniform, expect big things from Hill and company in 2019.
Kayla Hon | Beecher | Pitcher | Junior
It’s all business and having fun in the circle with Hon ... just the way she likes it. She finished her junior campaign with a 25-2 record with 154 innings thrown, a 1.96 ERA and 191 strikeouts. She was a first-team RVC selection and a second-team Class 2A all-state selection. She returns for one more season at Beecher with collecting more hardware on her mind.
Chloe Jefferson | Herscher | Third Baseman | Junior
Facing Gabby Schultz and Jefferson back-to-back was just unfair. The Illinois State recruit showed her defensive versatility, playing multiple positions. Offensively, she gave opposing pitchers fits to the tune of a .442 batting average with eight long balls, 15 doubles, five triples, 37 runs scored and 49 RBIs. She was a first team I-8 honoree and a second-team Class 2A all-state selection.
Kate Landis | Beecher | Shortstop | Senior
Landis stepped into the role as Beecher’s captain, leading the Bobcats to a 32-3 record as they claimed back-to-back conference, regional, sectional, and Super-Sectional titles. She finished batting .500 with 16 doubles, five triples, 20 RBIs and 49 runs scored. The senior was named the RVC's Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection in Class 2A.
Matti Lanie | Momence | Shortstop | Senior
No matter what sport Lanie plays, expect her to shine. She was tasked with shouldering a wide load for a young Momence team and did it effortlessly, batting .507 with nine doubles, nine triples, a pair of long balls and 14 RBIs. She also scored 35 times. She was a first-team all-SVC honoree and is now a four-time all-area selection. Momence has a tough task ahead replacing Lanie's production and play-making abilities.
Lanie Malone | Manteno | Shortstop | Junior
The plethora of talent lying within Manteno’s softball program is rather unfair, and Malone is a big reason why. Whether it was offense or defense, she produced and never made the same mistake twice. She ended her season batting .519 with eight doubles, four triples, one homer, 49 runs scored and 44 RBIs. She earned a first-team I-8 selection alongside a third-team all-state pick and returns for one more season in Panther purple.
Gillian McDermott | Bishop McNamara | Third Baseman | Junior
McDermott’s middle name should be “clutch” because that’s how she played for the Irish this season. She routinely came up with huge hits, resulting in huge wins against Marist, Sandburg and others, and finished the season batting .500 with a pair of triples, two home runs, 13 doubles, 35 runs scored and 31 RBIs. Here’s the scary part; she still has one year left.
Macey Rodosky | Dwight | Third Baseman | Senior
Batting behind Edwards definitely had its perks, and for the past two seasons, Rodosky took full advantage. The senior finished with a .494 batting average alongside five homers and team-highs of 11 doubles and 53 RBIs. She was a first-team all-SVC selection. Dwight has a tough task replacing the middle of its lineup next season.
Emma Schriner | Bradley-Bourbonnais | Right Fielder | Senior
Schriner was determined to make her senior year the best one possible, and she didn’t disappoint. Facing some of the stiffest competition at the top level of state competition, the senior outfielder finished with a .505 batting average that included five bombs, 10 doubles, 32 runs scored and 37 RBIs. She helped BBCHS win 22 games and earned first-team all-state honors in Class 4A.
Gabby Schultz | Herscher | Shortstop | Senior
Whatever you need, Schultz has it and it doesn’t matter what side of the field it's on. On top of being a lock down shortstop, she finished her final season as a Tiger with a .559 batting average including 10 homers, 17 doubles, three triples, and area highs in runs scored (60) and RBIs (56). Unsurprisingly, she was first-team I-8, first-team all-state in Class 2A and is now a four-time all-area selection.
Sara Serena | Kankakee | Pitcher | Senior
When you think of Serena, one word comes to mind: “dominance.” For the past four years, Serena has been the face of Kankakee softball and with good reason. In her final season as a Kay, 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. The Kankakee legend ends her career with more than 800 strikeouts recorded and is a four-time all-area selection.
Kylie Sullivan | Bishop McNamara | Center Fielder | Sophomore
Sullivan shifted around the lineup from time-to-time, batting three-hole, cleanup and even five-hole a time or two. Turns out, no matter where you put her, she’s going to crush the ball. The junior ended this season batting .398 (.442 inside conference play) with a pair of triples, nine doubles, six long balls, 47 runs and 40 RBIs.
Ashton Thomas | Kankakee | Shortstop | Senior
Serena’s job at the dish was to simply drives in runs. However, someone had to get on base first. Enter Ashton Thomas. The senior leadoff hitter was usually a for-sure hit as she capped her final season batting .477 with three long balls, six doubles, 43 runs scored and 22 RBIs. As if replacing Serena was hard enough, Kankakee will be on the market for its next great shortstop.
Jaelyn Vickery | Bishop McNamara | First Baseman | Junior
The Irish were already good but adding Vickery to the mix added a level no one saw coming. Transferring from Lockport, Vickery quickly showed how good she was and how lethal her bat could be as she batted .418 with four triples, 10 doubles, 11 home runs, 40 runs scored and 46 RBIs. She's already committed to the University of Illinois, but there’s still one more year left in an Irish uniform to compete.
Miranda Wehrle | Bradley-Bourbonnais | Catcher | Senior
Perhaps no one in the area enjoyed a one-year improvement more than Wehrle. After a junior year of batting .384 with three home runs and 35 RBIs, she showed major growth and patience at the dish by finishing her senior campaign with a .404 batting average with 10 long balls, nine doubles, 45 runs scored and 43 RBIs. She also transitioned from playing third base to catcher, helping to bring the Boilers their first regional title since 2006.
Honorable Mention: Margaret Landis, Beecher; Kaylie Sippel, Beecher; Madi Bylak, Bishop McNamara; Tonya Faulkner, Bishop McNamara; Evey Evans, Bradley-Bourbonnais; A.J. Talbot, Bradley-Bourbonnais; Kaylee Ketcherside, Central; Kristyn Daigger, Coal City; Adrienne Adams, Donovan; Delaney Miner, Gardner-South Wilmington; Quinn Mattson, Grant Park; Paige Glass, Herscher; Hallie Outsen, Herscher; Emily Gologowski, Kankakee; Kaycie Wenzel, Manteno; Maddie Lacer, Manteno; Brittney Bailey, Milford; Jakki Mowery, Milford; Kaitlyn Piekarczyk, Momence; Samantha Gwiazda, Peotone; Kelsi Dillon, Reed-Custer; Haley Mazon, Reed-Custer; Grace Langellier, St. Anne; Sydney Reams, Trinity; Kennedy Bauer, Watseka; Summer Cramer, Watseka; Katie Kucharski, Wilmington.