THS lands six players on all-KVL
Tonganoxie landed six players on this year's all- Kaw Valley League softball team.
The best news about the selections is that none of the players was a senior this season.
The Chieftains, who went 20-4 and made their first state appearance in the history of the program, were led by Amie Riddle. The junior was named first-team pitcher.
She had a 17-4 record and a 0.856 earned-run average. Riddle allowed 17 earned runs and 102 hits in 139 innings of work. She also struck out 116 batters on the year.
Also earning first-team honors were sophomores Lindsey Himpel and Tracie Hileman and freshman Lauren Himpel.
Lindsey Himpel was named first-team infield, while Hileman and Lauren Himpel were first-team outfield.
Lindsey Himpel held a .402 batting average and had 33 hits on the season.
Of those hits, she knocked out six doubles, two triples and a home run. She also had 23 RBI, 15 stolen bases, struck out six times and committed six errors.
Hileman, meanwhile, hit at a .373 clip with 25 hits, with three of those being doubles and seven triples. The sophomore also had nine RBI to her credit, along with eight stolen bases. She struck out 13 times and walked seven times. In addition, Hileman committed three errors.
Lauren Himpel, meanwhile, led the team in several categories. She led the squad in batting average (.452), at bats (84), hits (38), RBI (24) and stolen bases (16). Of Himpel's 38 hits, she had six doubles, seven triples and two home runs. She also struck out five times walked seven times and committed five errors.
Melissa Pratt, the Chieftains' catcher who hit her first home run of the season in the regional finals, also hit a three-run homer in the state quarterfinals. The sophomore was named honorable mention. Pratt had a .278 batting average with 22 hits and 18 RBI. Pratt had seven doubles, four triples and two homers on the year. She struck out 23 times on the season, walked six times and committed two errors.
Tonganoxie's final selection was Sarah Flaherty. The sophomore was named honorable mention utility player. Flaherty played nearly every position -- catcher, infielder and outfielder.
The sophomore hit .270 on the season with 20 hits and 19 RBI. Flaherty knocked out four doubles and two triples. She struck out seven times and walked three times. Defensively, Flaherty committed six errors. She also stole six bases and had 14 runs.
Tonganoxie finished the season with a 20-4 record.
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