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Four players, one coach named All-District

Tigers lead way on Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association softball lists
Jul 19, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Chi Glaha (pictured) was named to the Class 4A Southeast All-District team by the Iowa Girls' Coaches Association.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


The Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association released its All-District teams for the 2018 softball season and all three Henry County teams had at least one name on the list.

New London topped the Henry County list with two players and a coach making the list. The coach, Duane Blint, was named District Coach of the Year in Class 1A.

The Coach of the Year honors came with New London’s fourth state tournament appearance in six years. The Tigers made a spectacular run through a tough regional tournament, which included two walk-offs and a shut out of No. 8 Sigourney to earn their spot in Ft. Dodge.

It is still up in the air whether or not Blint will return to coach New London next year. He has said he will make his decision in the next couple of weeks, and The News will keep readers posted on his decision.

Tiger sophomore catcher Layney Loyd made the list. Loyd hit just under .500 this season and finished the year with two homeruns and 30 RBIs, both of which were second on the team.

Camryn Blint used her arm and her bat to earn her spot on the All-District team. The New London senior came into the state tournament hitting .364, and scored the game-winning run in the regional final win against North Mahaska. On the mound, Blint sported a 2.78 ERA to close her senior season out in style.

Madie Anderson was also named to the Class 1A list. The freshman pitcher for Winfield-Mt. Union was nearly unhittable in the circle, sporting a 1.90 ERA with 249 strikeouts. She also emerged as a threat at the plate, hitting .299.

Mt. Pleasant may not have had the season it had hoped, but senior outfielder Chi Glaha was honored once again for her play by being named to the Class 4A Southeast team. Glaha raised her batting average all the way up to .558, collecting 72 hits throughout the season including six triples. She was also 33 for 36 on stolen base attempts.

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