Beacon-News All-Area softball team

Updated: June 24, 2011 1:42PM



OUTFIELDERS

Katie Ryan, Batavia

Sophomore center fielder and Beacon-News Player of the Year tied IHSA record for most home runs in a season with 18. Batting leadoff in the Bulldogs’ strong lineup, all-Upstate Eight Conference selection hit .455 with 50 hits and 42 RBI. She had a 1.055 slugging percentage.

Sonja Gilbertson, Yorkville

Senior center fielder keyed the Foxes’ attack from the leadoff spot, hitting .423 with 52 hits, 37 RBI, six home runs and 12 stolen bases. Repeat all-area and Southwest Prairie Conference selection had just one error and helped team win second straight Class 3A regional championship.

Sam Okapal, East Aurora

Sophomore center fielder led the Tomcats with a .543 average and team-high 38 hits, four home runs and 13 stolen bases. She also drove in 15 runs.

LaRi Mitchell, West Aurora

Blackhawks had a disappointing five-win season, but the junior center fielder led the team with a .319 batting average and was a unanimous choice for the DuPage Valley Conference team.

Taylor Losic, Plano

The Reapers’ freshman center fielder burst on the scene and led the team in most offensive categories to earn all-Interstate Eight Conference honors. She hit .470 with 47 hits, four home runs, six doubles and drove in 37 runs.

INFIELDERS

Christine Lynam, Batavia

Bulldogs’ hard-hitting third baseman and all-Upstate Eight River selection led the team with a .500 average that included 45 hits, 14 of them doubles and seven home runs, helping her pile up a .911 slugging percentage. She drove in 29 runs.

Andrea Potts, Kaneland

The Knights’ senior first baseman is a repeat all-area and all-conference selection, this time in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East after hitting .439 with 18 doubles, nine home runs and 42 RBI.

Brittany Warnecke, Oswego East

The Wolves’ sophomore shortstop had another strong season and repeats as all-area and all-Southwest Prairie Conference selections after leading her team with a .505 batting average with 48 hits that included seven home runs and six triples. She drove in 37 runs.

Elena Wright, Geneva

Junior shortstop-third baseman led 25-win Vikings in hits (45), doubles (11), RBI (32) and tied for the home run lead (2). Repeat all-area selection hit .385 to earn all-conference honors. “She really stood out this year after having her first two seasons hampered by injuries,” coach Greg Dierks said.

Anna Petersen, Metea Valley

Sophomore shortstop was second area player to reach double-digit home run total with 10 and had an area-best 45 RBI. Unanimous all-conference selection batted .442 with 46 hits on the season.

Amanda Minahan, Waubonsie Valley

Sophomore shortstop missed four games with a concussion but still put up impressive numbers, hitting .523 (45-86) with six triples, 15 doubles, 25 RBI, five home runs and posting a 1.012 slugging percentage on the way to earning unanimous all-conference honors.

Brenda Rocha, Rosary

Senior shortstop and Royals’ leadoff hitter is a three-time member of our all-area team after hitting .452 (47-104) with 18 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Kristin Searcy, Geneva

The sophomore third baseman and all-area repeater “is among the leaders in all offensive stats and only struck out six times in 121 at-bats and played a great third base for us,” said coach Greg Dierks. Searcy hit .352 with 26 RBI.

PITCHERS

Kelly McCaffrey, Geneva

A strong contender for Player of the Year honors, McCaffrey came into her own in the circle after sharing varsity pitching duties for the Vikings the previous three years. She won a school-record 21 games (with 11 losses) and gave up just 185 hits in 204 innings pitched. She had 172 strikeouts and posted a 2.20 ERA while chipping in at the plate (.284 average with two home runs, 19 RBI). “Kelly was our team MVP,” coach Greg Dierks said of the all-conference selection.

Brooke Nelson, Batavia

Senior pitcher/first baseman is a four-year varsity performer who will play at Waubonsee Community College next season. She posted a 7-3 record sharing the pitching duties with Katie Neubauer (6-3) and Katie Coleman (7-3). Nelson gave up 50 hits in 57 innings of work with a 2.11 ERA. At the plate, she hit .337 with five home runs and 28 RBI.

Melissa Perkins, IMSA

Junior hurler and repeat all-area selection’s numbers dipped a bit from last year’s historic Titans’ season, but supporting cast wasn’t quite as strong. Perkins posted a 13-7 record (2.48 ERA) with 180 strikeouts in 157 innings pitched and again earned all-Northeastern Athletic Conference honors.

CATCHERS

Jen Faassen, Metea Valley

Mustangs’ cleanup hitter and junior backstop was a unanimous all-Upstate Eight Valley Conference selection after hitting .449 with 44 hits that included four home runs. She also drove in 34 runs.

Kelly Marek, East Aurora

Tomcats’ senior catcher earned all-Upstate Eight Valley Conference honors after hitting .443 (35-79) with six triples and 18 RBI.

UTILITY

Chelsey Frieders, Rosary

Senior third baseman/outfielder is a repeat all-area and Suburban Christian Conference selection after hitting .451 (41-91) with eight doubles, one home run and a team-high 31 RBI.

Jessa Garcia, Oswego

Sophomore catcher led the Panthers with a .395 batting average that included six doubles, two triples, four home runs and 19 RBI. She struck out only twice all season.

Jordan Johnson, Sandwich

Senior third baseman led the Indians with 38 hits, hitting .404 on the season with one home run. She drove in 15 runs.

Courtney Thomas, Aurora Christian

Sophomore shortstop earned all-Suburban Christian Conference honors after hitting .459 with seven doubles and five triples. She also had 25 stolen bases.

Miranda Schmidt, Newark

Senior pitcher/shortstop helped lead the Lady Norsemen to the Little Ten Conference title and regional title in a postseason run that ended with a loss to Dwight in the Serena 1A Sectional title game. Schmidt hit .447 with 35 hits, two home runs, 16 RBI and 10 stolen bases. In the circle, she went 10-7, including 7-1 in league play with a 1.71 ERA.

SPECIAL MENTION

Outfielders: Mackenzie Astling, Rosary; Ali Keenum, Rosary; Bridget Weitzel, Geneva; Alise Perna, Metea Valley; Amanda Lack, Waubonsie Valley.

Infielders: Allison Haskins, Yorkville; Jordan Smith, Somonauk; Erin Costigan, Batavia; Kristine Anderson, Newark; Dori Rogers, Geneva; Cassie Parks, IMSA; Lori Obendorf, Metea Valley; Francesca Evischi, West Aurora; Alyssa Reimers, West Aurora.

Catchers: Riley Vest, Kaneland; Emily Dorjath, Batavia; Anna Stiker, Indian Creek.

Pitchers: Rachael Owens, Yorkville; Morgan Murphy, Sandwich; Lauren Rhodes, Yorkville; Katie Neubauer, Batavia.

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