Reed junior center fielder Mary Dettling and Spanish Springs junior pitcher Brette Lawrence were named the co-Player of the Year.
Dettling nearly played error-free in the outfield this season, but she also did plenty of damage at the plate, leading her team in batting average (.491), RBI (34), doubles (10), triples (2), home runs (3), walks (19), on-base percentage (.564) and slugging percentage (.696). Dettling’s 55 hits and 39 runs were second most on the team.
“Mary had a phenomenal year as a junior. I think she had an outstanding year as a sophomore and I actually considered putting her up last year,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “I was pretty confident going into the season that she had a good shot at it, and she didn’t disappoint…She was a big contributor on our team, and I‘m glad we have her another year.”
Lawrence was the Cougars’ ace pitcher, but one of the best hitters as well, leading the team in batting average (.486), hits (54), RBI (32), doubles (12) and on-base percentage (.533).
In the circle, the southpaw racked up a 20-7 record with a 1.33 ERA. She pitched 26 complete games and had nine shutouts. In 173 innings pitched, Lawrence struck out 155 and allowed 143 hits.
“I feel like it’s a pretty big deal. It’s exciting,” Lawrence said. “I think I had a pretty good season, a lot better than last year. My batting average was higher, and I definitely pitched a lot more, which I like. I’m pumped for next year.”
Reed’s ace pitcher this season, sophomore Jackie Sertic, shared Pitcher of the Year honors with Damonte Ranch junior Kalyn Paque.
Sertic finished with a 12-3 record and three saves. Her ERA was a paltry 1.51, and she struck out 109 hitters in 111.1 innings, while walking 23 and giving up 110 hits. She also went the distance nine times.
“Jackie and Megan (Dettling) alternated games pretty much all season. Her and Jackie’s records were comparable. I put them both up and left it up to the coaches,” Wunder said. “From what I heard from the coaches when they voted, I think it was just Jackie’s mound presence. To Jackie’s credit, she’s one of those kids who can start a game and be successful or come in in relief. She relished the opportunity to come in during a tough game in relief.
“I think that’s really a compliment to her. It’s hard to believe she’s only a sophomore.”
Reed and Spanish Springs had plenty of other players recognized by the North’s coaches.
Reed senior second baseman Cori Gammon was a first team all-league selection after leading the Blue and Gold with 56 hits and 40 runs scored from the leadoff spot. Her .463 batting average was second on the team, and she also drove in 25 RBI.
Teammate junior Lindsay Yearman was named a first team outfielder after batting .337 with 16 runs and 18 RBI.
Sophomore pitcher Megan Dettling (12-4, 2.42 ERA, 104 K’s in 81 IP) and senior designated player Shivaun Landeros (.295, 20 runs, 22 RBI) were also placed on the first team.
For the Cougs, senior outfielder Bella Rovens and junior catcher Sidney Sinclair were first teamers. Rovens hit .329 with 24 runs scored, while Sinclair had a .419 batting average and drove in 20 runs.
Spanish Springs’ leading home run hitter, junior outfielder Kelsey Stroshine, was named to the second team after launching five homers and hitting at a .333 clip. Her 27 RBI were second on the team.
A fellow outfielder from Reed also made the second team. Senior Hannah Martini was third on the Raiders with 30 runs and 36 hits, finishing with a .305 batting average.
Also on the second team for Reed were senior third baseman Andi Lee (.343, 35 hits, 26 RBI, 20 runs) and senior catcher Makaela Moore (.265, 20 runs, 26 hits, 27 RBI).
Spanish Springs had a freshman selected to the second team as first baseman/pitcher Ally Batastini was given a second team utility honor. She was second on the team with 28 hits despite batting .289. She had 20 RBI and three home runs. Batastini was 5-3 in the circle with a 2.82 ERA and a shutout.
Receiving honorable mentions for Reed were sophomore shortstop Laura Frost and junior first baseman Danaya Thompson.
For Spanish Springs, senior second baseman Dani Smith and sophomore shortstop Bayley Broadwater were the honorable mentions. Broadwater impressed in limited plate appearances, blasting her way to a .625 slugging percentage and a .375 batting average in only 48 at-bats.
After Reed rolled to a 19-1 record in league play, fellow coaches couldn’t ignore that and voted Wunder Coach of the Year in his second season as head coach of the Raiders.
“It’s one of those things where we went 19-1 in league. I think the other coaches are just congratulating you on a good season,” Wunder said. “I honestly believe this when I say this, but I consider it a team award. I know they have to give it to me because I’m the head coach. But I had a great group of players and a great group of coaches. To me that’s a team award that so happens to get my name attached to it.”
•In the 3A, despite a bumpy season, Sparks received five all-league honors.
Freshman pitcher Jocelyn Vasquez led the way as a first-team honoree along with junior outfielder Riley Regas.
On the second team list, the Railroaders got junior outfielder Michelle Cardenas.
Rounding out the all-league awards were honorable mentions sophomore infielder Stephanie Miller and sophomore pitcher Madisyn Lock.