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Huberty Gets Coleman's 4th Striaght MVP
Issue Date: June 20, 2019
The softball All-Conference voting has made its way to the public and leading the list for the softball season amongst the M&O was Coleman's Caitlin Huberty. Along with a contingent of Cougars Coleman certainly received thier due respect for a season that saw them go 11-1, dominating the M&O as they have done for a number of years now.
The Cougars also put another feather in thier hat of accolades with thier fourth straight MVP obtained.
Leading the list for the Cougars was this years MVP Caitlin Huberty. The tough short stop let very little get past her and helped her young pitcher build some confidence with some great gap coverage.
"Caitlin was so good for us this year," said LeVash. "She really did work on her game 12 months out of the year. This year we saw her make a huge improvement in her lead off hitting. She had a batting average of .463 and scored on 26 runs. I dont think it was a surprise for her to get the MVP and we are so proud of her. It was also nice getting to take our fourth straight MVP here in Coleman, and we are definitely looking to take that honor again next year."
The voting saw Coleman's battery get thier due respect as Cameron Compe earned a first team spot for her efforts in the pitching circle.
"With Annabelle pitching the past four years Cameron didn't get as much playing time as freshman but this season she had a tremendous year getting a 1.468 ERA, said Coleman Head Coach Jean LeVash. "I am very happy with the way she played especially with having to fill Annabelle's shoes. If she keeps things up I dont see why she couldn't be just as good as Kotecki was for us."
Compe's success was built with some great back up from her friends. With Kailey Klimek behind the plate and Huberty standing behind her she was near unstoppable.
And for her stalwart play behind the plate, Klimek was awarded a first team spot.
"Kailey was Rock solid behind the plate for us this season," said LeVash. She had no errors all season long while making 90 attempts. She worked so well with Cameron which helped give her more confidence in her pitching."
Crivitz was very well represented on the list this season as they took three spots with the selection of Sianna Guns, Riley Mueller and Kieran Gribben.
"It was a great first season for our coaching staff," said Crivitz head coach heather Mueller. "Couldn't ask for a better assistant coach in Rhandi Brand and Greg Krause was also a huge help this season. We finished the season 3rd in our conference and we are looking to improve next season although we will be losing a few key players. We had 4 girls make 1st team all conference and I feel their play at bat really made them stand out."
Wolverine first basemen Sarah Bublitz was a key factor in the team success this season as she did a great job stopping base runners at first.
"Sarah Bublitz played in field at first base and pitched for us," said Mueller. "She ended the season with a 0.474 batting average, had 18 hits scored 12 runs and had 15 RBIs during conference play. Sarah was a team captain and she will definitely be missed next season."
What made the Wolverines so dangerous was the pitching from the circle. and part of what made the bull pen so good this year was Gribben's play behind the plate.
"Kieren played catcher and was a wall behind the plate," said Mueller. She was strong at the plate as well finishing with a 0.641 conference batting average and had 25 hits scored 15 runs and had 11 RBIs during conference play, Kieren will be tough to replace."
Speed was a factor that helped build many wins for the Wolverines this season and Sianna Guns has plenty of it. Her quickness in the outfield allowed her to chase down just about everything hit her way.
"Guns played centerfield for us," said Mueller. "Sianna is fast and can cover a lot of ground and her batting at the end of the season was really coming along. Sianna finished with a 0.429 batting average scored 9 runs on 15 hits and had 10 RBIs in conference play. I look forward to having her back next year."
The other half of the battery was represented in the voting for the Wolverines with selection of Riley Mueller for her efforts in the pitching circle.
"Riley was a 1st team all conference utility player and 2nd team all conference pitcher," said Mueller. "Riley played 3rd base when she wasn't pitching. Riley has a good eye and a powerful swing. She finished the conference season with a 0.690 batting average scored 19 runs on 29 hits and had 23 RBIs with 4 home runs in conference play. Happy to say we will have Riley back for 2 more seasons."
Coach Mueller has high hopes for the resurgence of a tough Wolverine squad noting that, "Overall this is a great group of girls . Unfortunately our post season ended to soon but as coaches and players we learned a lot throughout the season and we look forward to coming back as a force to be reckoned with next season."
The Rangers of Wausaukee were also well represented for a great season of diamond play with three making the first team list.
Leading the girls in red and white was Kaelyn Schlies who ended the season with a batting average of .460 which led the team. She 29 hits which also led the team and again led the team with 23 runs 5 doubles, 3 triples, 1 HR.
"Kaelyn made the switch from right field to shortstop. She was a 1st Team all conference outfielder last year," said Wausaukee head coach Sue Stoltenberg. She is such a versatile athlete, I can't wait to see her progress as she enters her senior year."
Also joining the list this year was Ranger Madelyn Schlies. Madelyn was an anchor in Centerfield for the Rangers and finished the season with a BA of .516, 25 hits, 9 stolen bases.
"Madelyn is part of our backbone," said Stoltenberg. "She is an extremely solid and consistent player. She will give you 100% every inning."
Wausaukee's stalwart pitcher Allison Versaskas was also honored for her tough pitching this season.
It was her first year in the circle full time. She had an ERA of 2.21.
"Tremendous year to get under her belt," said Stoltenberg. "She will do great things for us next year."
Stoltenberg ended by saying a little about the team, "These 3 kids as well as second Teamer Kylee Smith and the rest of our Junior class will be the backbone of our team. If we continue to improve and keep working within our process, it looks to be a great year for Lady Ranger Softball."
Niagara also placed one of thier top players on the list as Isabel Wells received the honor.
"She basically did everything we asked her to do," said Niagara head coach Duane Blagec. "She led us offensively & defensively. She was our best base runner & she led our team on & off the field."
Gillett/Suring's Paige Krueger was also a first team selection for the 2019 first team voting.