Meet the 2012 Enquirer All-City Softball Team

Meet the 2012 Enquirer All-City Softball Team

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Meet the 2012 Enquirer All-City Softball Team

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The 2012 Enquirer All-City Softball Team is selected by the city coaches and the Enquirer sports staff.

Zhaniece Dawson

Battle Creek Central

Dawson was a shining example of hard work and dedication on a Battle Creek Central team that struggled much of the season. Dawson finished with a .378 on-base percentage.

“Zhaneice was a first-year addition to the Bearcat softball team and contributed to the team’s positive attitude and desire to play hard. She is a hard worker with an unparalleled work ethic. We all look forward to what she will be able to offer us next year,” Battle Creek Central coach Autumn Felder said.

Brianne Burritt

Harper Creek

The junior captain helped Harper Creek to another winning season as the Beavers went 27-11 as Burritt hit .425 on the year with 54 hits and a region-high 61 runs scored and 41 RBI, to go along with 26 stolen bases.

The consistent playmaker for the Beavers was all-conference in the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference, all-district and all-region.

“Bri was one of our captains this year and for good reason. She has a great work ethic and gives her best effort on every play. She is a very consistent hitter and plays great defense,” Harper Creek coach Ryan Renner said.

Haley Burritt

Harper Creek

Only a sophomore, Haley played a standout centerfield for the Beavers, using her defensive skills and speed to help Harper Creek to wins. Burritt continued to improve throughout the season and had a 15-game hitting streak as the year ended.

Burritt finished with a .415 batting average with 44 runs scored and 14 stolen bases to go with 51 hits, earning honorable mention All-SMAC and all-district honors.

“Haley played a great centerfield this season. She is one of the fastest girls on our team and gets to balls in center that few other girls in the area would get to,” Renner said.

Daisy Dale

Harper Creek

As Harper Creek’s lone pitcher, Dale racked up the innings and racked up the wins. Dale went 25-9 on the season with 202 innings pitched. Dale pitched to contact, striking out only 81, but finished with a respectable 3.78 ERA.

Dale earned all-district honors and was honorable mention all-region.

“She really improved as the season went on and was great at locating her pitches and getting the opposing players to weakly put the ball in play. She really showed some mental and physical toughness and worked really hard to improve all season long,” Renner said.

Breana Ganton

Harper Creek

A consistent force for Harper Creek, Ganton was always on the base paths on offense and was a key defender in the outfield. Ganton batted .434 on the year had 49 hits, including a 21-game hitting streak, with 34 runs scored, 31 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

Ganton was all-district and a honorable mention selection on the SMAC team.

“Breana played some really good defense for us in leftfield. She gets to almost everything and has a cannon for an arm. She has great speed and showed the ability to hit and bunt all season long,” Renner said.

Jozlin Johnson

Harper Creek

One of the top hitters in the city, Johnson was one of the captains for Harper Creek and played a standout second base for the Beavers. Johnson set a school record with 60 hits on the season and batted .469 with 46 runs scored and 38 RBI.

Johnson was also named all-conference, all-district and all-region.

“Joz made some outstanding plays this season and had one of the best fielding percentages in the area. She really perfected her skills as a bunter as the season went on and was one of our smartest base runners,” Renner said.

Christa Moody

Harper Creek

A standout performer and captain from her catcher position, Moody was a hit machine from her lead-off spot for the Beavers. Moody hit an impressive .527 on the year with 20 multi-hit games, including 59 hits, 49 runs scored and 27 RBI with 23 stolen bases.

Moody was also named all-conference, all district and all-region honorable mention.

“She does an outstanding job behind the plate. She is great at keeping the ball in front of her and has a very accurate arm when throwing out would be base stealers,” Renner said.

Paige Shellenberger

Harper Creek

Only a sophomore, Shellenberger came on throughout the season and played a key role in the outfield for the Beavers. Shellenberger hit .447 with 17 multi-hit games, including 46 hits, 33 runs scored and 31 RBI.

Shellenberger also made all-district and all-region honors.

“She has great speed and a very good outfield arm. She has a real nice swing and some of the better power on our team. As a sophomore, she has a very bright future,” Renner said.

Taylor Haudek

Pennfield

A returning member to the All-City team, Haudek was a top-notch catcher for Pennfield and a team captain. The senior hit .417 on the season with 53 hits, 35 runs scored and 30 RBI, while also stealing 14 bases.

Haudek was also all-conference in the Kalamazoo Valley Association and all-district.

“Taylor made an excellent captain, super catcher, and is a wonderful all-around athlete to work with. She will be greatly missed,” Pennfield coach Pam Metcalf said.

Shelby Miller

Pennfield

A sophomore utility player, Miller did a little bit of everything for the Panthers, but what she mostly did was hit the ball. Miller hit a team-high .492 and a team-high 60 hits, with 48 runs scored and 14 RBI to go along with 29 stolen bases.

Miller was all-district for Pennfield and an honorable mention selection in the KVA.

“Really embraced the left side of the plate to take advantage of her speed and was irreplaceable as a utility player. A super young lady, I look forward to working with for the next two years,” Metcalf said.

Amanda Sare

Pennfield

One of the key pitchers for Pennfield as well as being a force at the plate on offense, Sare had a big junior season for the Panthers. Sare was 6-8 on the mound with a 4.61 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 92 innings. Sare also led the team in RBIs with 39 as she hit .413 with 33 runs scored.

“One of my stronger pitchers, a good shortstop and a good bat. I am happy to have her talent returning,” Metcalf said.

Ashley Wood

Pennfield

A senior captain for the Panthers, Wood played a solid first base with a good defensive glove with a .963 fielding percentage, while also coming up with big hits throughout the season. Wood batted .366 with 32 RBI.

Wood was an honorable mention selection in the KVA.

“Another fantastic captain who was a super first basewoman. She really soaked up all the instruction she was given and will be greatly missed,” Metcalf said.

Ashley Barr

Lakeview

Barr was a solid defensive centerfielder for Lakeview and is a returning member of the All-City team. Barr, a junior, batted .357 on the year with 35 RBI and an on-base percentage of .423 while getting 16 walks. She also had eight assists from her outfield position.

Barr was also named all-conference in the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference for the Spartans, who finished 14-19.

“Ashley became a leader this year. Took over a young outfield and did a good job,” Lakeview coach Brian Ratliff said.

Brittney Kimball

Lakeview

Kimball was a force at the plate and at her first base position for the Spartans, who finished 14-19 on the year. The junior is making a return trip to the All-City team and batted a team-high .523 with 58 hits, 59 RBI, 16 doubles and five home runs, finishing with a .570 on-base percentage.

Kimball was also named All-SMAC and all-district.

“Brittney is a strong hitter with soft hands at first base. A very nice combination of hitting and fielding at that position,” Ratliff said.

Lindsey Martin

Lakeview

Despite playing much of the season with an arm injury, Martin was still the Spartans main pitcher going 9-8 on the year with two saves. Martin also came through at the plate, batting .367 with 27 runs scored and 37 RBI to go with her .429 on-base percentage.

Martin was voted MVP of the Spartans the last two years and was also All-City last year.

“A tough year due to injuries. Fought through it the whole year and had a pretty good year. Looking forward to having her healthy for a full season next year,” Ratliff said.

Katie Reimer

Lakeview

A sophomore, who stepped up to fill the void at shortstop after playing catcher as a freshman. Reimer hit .378 with 42 hits, 36 runs scored and had an on-base percentage of .457. Reimer also had a .909 fielding percentage and was voted most competitive on the team.

“An extremely solid defensive player who did a very nice job for us at a new position. Improved from March to May and became a very strong shortstop,” Ratliff said.

Grace Wentworth

Lakeview

Wentworth has been All-City for three years and came up big her senior season with a standout season from the plate. Wentworth batted .518 with 59 hits and 31 RBI to go along with 17 doubles and an on-base percentage of .545 and eight stolen bases.

Wentworth has also been named all-conference and all-district three years for the Spartans, who went 14-19 on the year.

“Grace was a very strong leader and she did a very nice job of taking over a young team,” Ratliff said.

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