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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 20, 2018

Glaha captains big school softball team

Panther senior leads Mt. Pleasant foursome on All-GTNS squad
Aug 02, 2018
MPN file photo Chi Glaha

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Southeast Conference was as tight as ever in 2018 with all five teams competing for the crown up until the final two weeks of the season. The three Golden Triangle teams; Mt. Pleasant, Fairfield and Washington, all hovered around the .500 mark overall but each had a shot to win the title coming into the final few weeks of play. Washington took a share of the crown along with Keokuk.

A tight conference race made for a contenious selection for the 2018 All-GTNS teams. Four Panthers made the list with Mt. Pleasant’s only senior taking over in the captain’s chair.

Listed below is the 2018 All-GTNS big school softball team, which is made of the top performers this summer.

Coach: Ben Obermann: Coach Obermann led Washington to a shared Southeast Conference title this season. The Demons finished with a 10-6 record in the league.

Obermann guided the Demons to 11 wins in their last 15 games. Obermann’s tutelage helped the Demons to a league-high 132 walks and a league-low 109 strikeouts. The Demons also led in sacrifices and on-base percentage. The Demons batted .319 as a team.

Captain: Chi Glaha, Senior, Mt. Pleasant: It’s hard to find a more perfect leadoff hitter than Mt. Pleasant’s Chi Glaha. The lone Panther senior finished her exceptional career in style despite the team’s struggles in 2018.

Glaha was one of the top hitters in all of Iowa, finishing with 72 base-knocks, which tied her for the lead in Class 4A. She hit .558 with six doubles, six triples and 20 RBIs, and added 33 stolen bases to her total to take home captain’s honors on the big school team.

Pitcher: Allison Rebling, Sophomore, Fairfield: The best pitcher in the SEC this season, Allison Rebling led the conference in starts (26), wins (15), ERA (1.66), Ks (206) and opponent’s batting average (.160).

Rebling played in all 42 games and made an impact in most, finishing second on the team with 130 at-bats and third in RBI with 14. Rebling is making her first, yet certainly not last, appearance on the GTNS, big school softball squad.

Pitcher: Molly Sparks, Junior, Washington: Molly Sparks was the Demons’ No. 1 pitcher with 133 innings pitched. She was second in the conference with an earned run average of 3.84.

She walked 28 but struck out 72. Opponents batted .288. She was effective at the plate with seven doubles, a home run, 22 RBI, a team-high eight sacrifices and a .347 OBP, batting .297.

Infield: Makayla Cam, Junior, Mt. Pleasant: Makayla Cam, Junior, Mt. Pleasant: With the bulk of Mt. Pleasant’s 2017 state tournament team leaving for graduation, it was time for a handful of returners to step into the starring role and Panther infielder Makayla Cam was ready for the spotlight.

Cam hit .375 this season with 1- doubles, one triple and three home runs. She was one of two Panthers to go over the 30 RBI mark, with 31, and finished the year 15-15 in stolen base attempts.

Infield: Shaylin Drish, Sophomore, Fairfield: Just like in life, Shay was just behind her big sister in batting average (.358) and slugging percentage (.425), however, the athletic leader of the soon-to-be junior class led the Trojans in runs scored (31), walks drawn (17) and on-base percentage (.452).

She also hit four doubles, a homerun and collected 14 RBI. Drish is making her second career and consecutive All-GTNS team (basketball ‘18).

Infield: Morgan Brinning, Senior, Washington: Brinning’s on-base percentage was fourth in the conference at .497 and she carried a .357 batting average that was seventh in the league.

The senior shortstop stole 10 bases in 11 attempts. She was second on the team with 28 runs scored. She hit six doubles and had 19 RBI. Brinning was hit by a pitch a team-leading 11 times.

Infield: Ashtyn Drish, Senior, Fairfield: If you search for Ashtyn Drish on The Fairfield Ledger website, you’ll find 254 entries. That’s a perfect stat to describe the three-sport (volleyball, basketball and softball) standout that is making her fourth-straight all-GTNS team after starting all 42 games for the Trojans. Offensively, she led the Trojans this year were at-bats (133), hits (49), doubles (eight), RBI (26), SAC (five), times struck out (six), stolen bases (one), slugging percentage (.451) and batting average (.368).

Drish was also the No. 2 pitcher for Fairfield and allowed her opponent’s just a .174 batting average against during her 54 1/2 innings in the circle. Ashtyn was also recently named to the all-district team for Class 4A Southeast and the Class 4A, third team, All-State squad.

Catcher: Kellie Dallmeyer, Freshman, Washington: Kellie Dallmeyer was the only freshman selected to the team. She was also an All-State pick. Dallmeyer’s .442 batting average was third in the Southeast Conference as was her .673 slugging percentage, her 50 hits, her 39 runs scored and her .558 on-base percentage.

Dallmeyer led the league in walks drawn with 26. She was second in the league with four home runs and 12 doubles. Batting leadoff, she still tied for the team lead in runs batted in with 23. She threw out eight of 10 runners attempting to steal. She made just two errors for a .987 fielding percentage.

Outfield: Megan Mitchell, Senior, Washington: Megan Mitchell’s move to the outfield early in the season helped the Demons defensively. At the plate, the senior led the Demons in at-bats with 127 and triples with two.

She had six doubles and 45 hits. She batted .354 with a .433 slugging percentage and a .406 OBP. She batted in 21 runs and stole four bases in four tries.

Outfield: Lily Hoskins, Sophomore, Fairfield: An anchor in the outfield, Hoskins started all 42 games and hit .298 with a .341 on-base percentage in 124 at-bats with 14 runs scored, 10 RBI and two doubles.

Defensively, Hoskins had six assists and 55 putouts for a .938 fielding percentage. Hoskins is making her first all-GTNS team as a leader in the athletically impressive class of 2020.

Outfield: Trinity Krabill, Junior, Mt. Pleasant: Trinity Krabill, Junior, Mt. Pleasant: Trinity Krabill made the middle of Mt. Pleasant’s lineup one to fear in 2018, bringing a much-needed power surge to a team that lost it’s big sluggers to graduation the year before.

Krabill hit .407 this season with seven doubles, four triples and a team-leading seven homeruns and 34 RBIs. She will be just one of a handful of juniors that will look to put Mt. Pleasant back on the map in Class 4A next season.

Utility: Anni Liechty, junior, Mt. Pleasant: Anni Liechty, Junior, Mt. Pleasant: Perhaps the best testament to Anni Liechty’s value is how poorly the team did when an injury forced her out of action in late June.

Liechty hit .345 with nine doubles and 19 RBIs this season, and was also the team’s top pitcher, finishing the season 6-7 with a 5.04 ERA and 67 strikeouts. A healthy Liechty will be a necessity for Mt. Pleasant if the Panthers want to compete for the conference title in 2019.

Utility: Grace Stever, Sophomore, Fairfield: Regardless of who was on the mound, the Trojan backstop started all 42 games, catching seven runners attempting to steal and committing just four errors with 264 putouts and 18 assists for a .986 fielding percentage.

Offensively, Stever hit .210 in 124 at-bats and scored five times, although she was mostly pinch-run for. Stever also drove in 13 runs during his first all-GTNS season.

Utility: Hailee Wilson, Junior, Washington: The junior first baseman batted in different spots in the Demons’ order and finished with a .339 BA, a .393 OBP, and four doubles. She batted in a team-high 23 runs with 41 hits in 121 at-bats.

The All-GTNS big school softball team was selected by Justin Webster of the Fairfield Ledger, Andy Krutsinger of the Mt. Pleasant News and Doug Brenneman of the Washington Evening Journal.

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