Narrowing down the 18 best softball players in the Enquirer’s coverage area is never an easy task.
But having eight local players recognized with state-wide honors is a better problem to have than having none at all.
And no team had a roster or a season quite like Bronson, which was ranked No. 2 in Division 3 for much of the season behind a quartet of players who would go on to earn All-State recognition. And for guiding her program to an impressive 36-5 record and a district championship, Bronson’s Becky Gray has been selected as the 2014 Enquirer All-Area Softball Coach of the Year.
Gray headlines this year’s All-Area Softball Team, as selected by area coaches and the Enquirer sports staff. She is joined on the All-Area Softball Team by four of her Vikings in Liz Baker, Kinslea Blouin, Kassidy Bystry and Skyler Sobeski.
The SMAC East Division is well represented, with Coldwater’s Jessica Becks, Michaela Gillette and Payton Watson, Gull Lake’s Courtney Senkewitz, Kylie Tobias and Abbey Watson and Marshall’s Emily Marshall earning All-Area recognition.
Homer posted a trio on the squad, as Kelsey Konkol, Bailey Manis and Courtney Wilson were selected, while Climax-Scotts teammates Sydney Macomber and Taylor Piper picked up All-Area honors.
Rounding out the squad and representing their schools are Athens’ Ashley Smittendorf and Colon’s Makayla Craun.