Journal-World 2018 All-Area softball team

Members of the All-Area softball team, pictured from left: Co-coach of the year, Chad Scoby, Baldwin, Betsy Parmley, Baldwin, Audrey Flowers, Baldwin, Siena Hall, Baldwin, Zoe Brewer, Lawrence, Delainey Fenoglio, Tonganoxie, Sierra Smith, Eudora, Megan Fast, Perry-Lecompton, Graci Folks, Perry-Lecompton and co-coach of the year, Lee Ice, Free State.

Player of the Year: Sara Roszak, Free State

The freshman shortstop overwhelmed opposing pitching staffs this spring. She ended up leading the Sunflower League with a .619 batting average, earning a first-team selection in Class 6A. Roszak helped Free State capture its first state title in program history.

Coach of the Year: Lee Ice, of Free State, and Chad Scoby, of Baldwin

Both Ice and Scoby directed their programs to respective state titles in 2018. Ice guided the No. 8 seed Firebirds over Blue Valley, Washburn Rural and Olathe Northwest in the 6A state tournament. Scoby’s Bulldogs, who were the sixth seed, beat Burlington, Girard and Galena High in the Class 4A-II state tournament.

Free State’s Sara Roszak celebrates after the Firebirds stranded three Washburn Rural runners during the fourth inning of the 6A semifinal game against Washburn Rural, Friday, May 24, 2018 at Arrocha Ballpark.

First team

Zoe Brewer, Lawrence — The senior hurler was dominant this past spring, striking out 123 batters in 120 total frames. Brewer posted a 10-10 record with a 4.32 ERA in 20 starts. As a hitter, Brewer tallied a .444 batting average with 31 singles.

Tatum Clopton, Free State — It was an impressive rookie season for Clopton, who is verbally committed to Oklahoma State as a pitcher. Clopton, who pitched in just seven games before the state tournament, recorded 25 strikeouts in 21 innings during the final weekend. Clopton netted first-team honors in Class 6A after helping the Firebirds capture a state title.

Kyla Etter, Eudora — Etter earned her second selection on this list in as many seasons, clubbing .546 with 24 RBIs and six home runs. As a pitcher, Etter was named to the first team in the Frontier League after posting an 11-3 record with an 1.37 ERA. Etter, a junior, led the Cardinals to a 17-5 clip and a trip to the regional championship.

Megan Fast, Perry-Lecompton — Fast finished with a 13-2 record and an 1.02 ERA in 85 total innings for the Lady Kaws. Fast, who will be attending Benedictine University in 2018, also had a solid line on the offensive end. She hit .493 with two home runs and 35 RBIs, while committing just one error all year.

Delainey Fenoglio, Tonganoxie — Fenoglio did it all for the Chieftain during her senior season, as she pitched and played first base. Fenoglio registered a .438 batting average with 38 RBIs and nine home runs in 88 plate appearances. In the circle, Fenoglio whiffed 52 batters across 57 innings with a 2.91 ERA.

Audrey Flowers, Baldwin — In her junior season, Flowers logged a team-high .571 batting average. Flowers, who was named to the first team in Class 4A-II, belted two homers and clubbed 34 RBIs. She also made a lot of difficult plays look routine in the outfield, in which her lone error of the season was an overthrow.

Graci Folks, Perry-Lecompton — As a leadoff hitter, Folks paced the team with a .527 batting average and 16 stolen bases. The junior left fielder demonstrated the ability to get on base in multiple ways, hitting with power and spraying the ball all over the field.

Siena Hall, Baldwin — The Bulldogs outfielder capped off her illustrious career with a strong senior season. Hall, who will play at Washburn next spring, finished with a slash line of .505/.519/.796 and 40 RBIs to help Baldwin capture a state title. Hall is also ranked in the top five in numerous career statistical categories in program history.

Betsy Parmley, Baldwin — Baldwin’s senior shortstop finished with a slash line of .500/.551/.693, which was good for second on the team in batting average. Parmley collected 29 singles and 26 RBIs in her final campaign. Parmley will play at Barton County Community College next season.

Sierra Smith, Eudora — The sophomore infielder was a great player on both offense and defense. Smith was named to the first team in the Frontier League after recording a .518 batting average with an OPS of 1.357. In addition, Smith did not strike out during the entire season.

Honorable mention

Kennedy Doherty, Eudora; Emma Grossoehme, Baldwin; Holland Harvat, Eudora; Torissa Hootman, Tonganoxie; Karly Johnson, Lawrence; Megan Kennedy, Eudora; Kampbell Kilburn, Lawrence; Audrey Miller, Tonganoxie; Cassody O’Connor, Perry-Lecompton; Kellee Wiggins, Baldwin.

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