Softball: Richards' Brianna LeBeau, Glenbard North’s Lilly Fecho headline All-Area selections
Updated: June 8, 2012 9:08PM
OF: Kelly Christner, Andrew, jr.: The Michigan-bound lefty is a three-time all-area selection who hit .526 with six home runs and 43 RBI (120 career) to go with 20 stolen bases. She is also in the top 10 percent of her class. She worked hard in the weight room to help improve her home run total and is one of the best defensive centerfielders in the area.
OF: Maeve McGuire, Benet, jr.: The Georgia-bound leadoff hitter and 2012 Player of the Year put up some huge numbers: .528 batting average, 16 home runs, 24 doubles, 48 RBI and 69 runs scored. She was the spark plug for what was easily the best offensive team in the area. She hit safely in 34 of 37 games, and had a 20-game hitting streak.
OF: Becky Mantel, Riverside-Brookfield, sr.: The Radford-bound four-year starter was the team captain the last two years. She hit .463 with 10 home runs, 16 doubles, 59 RBI and 38 runs scored. According to her coach John Vermillon, Mantel is one of the hardest working players to ever play for the Bulldogs.
P: Lilly Fecho, Glenbard North, sr.: Nicknamed by her coach Josh Sanew “Lights out Lilly,” the Purdue-bound southpaw compiled a 27-3 record behind a 0.88 ERA, 254 strike outs and posted 13 shutouts. Offensively she hit .393 with eight home runs and 33 RBI. She carried a 5.0 GPA.
P: Bri Cavin, Conant, sr.: With her sister Miranda, Cavin formed an elite battery duo. She finished with an ERA of 1.17, and she struck out 244. Offensively she was equally proficient. The leadoff batter hit .358 with six home runs and 28 RBI.
P: Brooke Stulga, Manteno, soph.: She posted single-season school records for triples (10), home runs (six), RBI (42), pitching victories (28), strikeouts (270), and ERA (0.62). She recorded a 28-2 pitching mark and batted .528.
MIF: Abby Ramirez, Trinity, jr.: The Michigan-bound leadoff hitter is one of the toughest outs in the state. She can bunt and slap from the left side, and can hit with incredible power from the right side. Batted .544 with seven home runs and 37 RBI, while scoring 60 runs with 40 stolen bases through her team’s sectional win over Leyden.
MIF: Kylie Johnson, Kankakee, sr.: The Illinois-bound speedster hit a whopping .735, going 111 for 151, which included 13 doubles and five home runs. She was 79 for 80 in stolen bases to go with 73 runs scored. Goes from home to first in 2.4 seconds, and struck out just two times all season. She also drove in 36 runs from the leadoff spot.
1B: Jill Galich, Lincoln-Way North, jr.: Led the Phoenix in a majority of offensive categories, including batting average (.562), hits (59), home runs (eight) and RBI (49). Struck out just six times and made only two errors. Received a full athletic and academic (29 on ACT) scholarship to George Washington University. Coach Aimee Lonigro called her a tremendous student of the game.
3B: Loren Krzysko, Barrington, jr.: The University of Arkansas-bound third baseman is the Mid-Suburban League’s all-time home run leader with 24 with one season remaining. She pounded out 46 hits, batted .362, hit 10 home runs with 32 RBI for the 30-win Fillies. This 5-foot-4 sparkplug is a product of her own work ethic and desire to constantly improve her game.
C: Emily Naegele, Oak Forest, sr.: Has been the heart of Oak Forest softball for four years. She hit .594, smacked 11 home runs to go with 48 RBI and 63 runs scored. All that while most teams tried to pitch around her. She will attend Radford next season.
Utility: Brianna LeBeau, Richards, sr.: The Northwestern-bound performer is likely be a position player in college. Was a three-time South Suburban conference Player of the Year. She has played pitcher, shortstop, second base, first base, and right field. Owns a career record of 73-20, career ERA of 0.93, career batting average of .517, and career 179 RBI. As a junior, she was named Gatorade Player of the Year.