Prep Softball

2019 All-area softball first-team capsules

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Jun. 8, 2019 1:20 am Updated: Jun. 8, 2019 1:31 am

Carli Scifres, Highland

Catcher Senior

The Class 2 first-team all-state backstop was the Cougars' backbone defensively. She committed just two errors in 202 chances, while throwing out 7 of 16 would-be base stealers. Offensively, Scifres set the Highland single-season record for batting average at .483 to go along with nine doubles, two home runs and 25 RBIs. She struck out just five times last season and finished her career with 125 hits.

Sidney Miller, Knox County

First base Senior

Defense is vitally important to a state tournament run, and Miller was the rock on the Eagles' infield. She committed one error in 167 chances, earning first-team all-district honors. Miller, who plans to play basketball at John Wood Community College, hit .354 with 21 runs scored and 19 RBIs.

Lauren Youngblood, Monroe City

Second base Junior

One of the area's most consistent hitters, Youngblood earned Class 2 second-team all-state honors as well as first-team All-Clarence Cannon Conference and all-district plaudits for hitting .517 with 31 hits, 25 runs scored and nine doubles. She struck out just five times and had a .567 on-base percentage. She committed only five errors defensively as the Panthers reached the district championship game.

Tadym Mason, Knox County

Shortstop Senior

The Eagles finished third in Class 1 behind an offense that had Mason hitting cleanup. The first-team Class 1 all-state selection hit .412 with six doubles, three triples, two home runs and 36 RBIs. Defensively, the John Wood Community College signee was solid, committing just seven errors.

Laken Hugenberg, Canton

Shortstop Senior

A Class 1 first-team all-state selection, Hugenberg was solid in the middle of the Tigers' lineup, hitting .440 with five doubles and 11 RBIs. She went 11 of 12 on stolen bases. But she was at her best defensively, committing just four errors and turning two double plays in 69 total chances.

Riley Epperson, Payson Seymour

Shortstop/Catcher Senior

Epperson played the two most important defensive positions at a high level, earning first-team All-West Central Conference honors. The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball signee thrived offensively, too, hitting .464 with six doubles, three home runs and 19 RBIs as the Indians won their first Class 1A regional championship since

Daytona Dooley, Illini West

Shortstop/Outfield Senior

Arguably the most imposing offensive talent in the area because of her ability to get on base and cause havoc once there, Dooley returned after missing her junior season with a knee injury and looked like she hadn't skipped a beat. The Western Illinois University signee hit .515 with 53 hits, 52 runs scored, 15 doubles, four triples and nine home runs. She had a.609 on-base percentage, a 1.000 slugging percentage and stole 37 of 38 bases.

Ali Bliss, Illini West

Outfield Senior

The area's leading hitter with a .569 average, Bliss racked up 70 hits and scored 56 runs to earn all-area honors for a third straight season. The Coe College signee used her speed more than her power to generate a .598 on-base percentage. She also stole 35 of 36 bases to earn first-team All-Prairieland Conference honors and an all-state nomination.

Eryn Cornwell, Quincy Notre Dame

Pitcher/Shortstop Freshman

The newcomer showed composure, strength and maturity in leading the Raiders to a Class 2A regional championship. She went 18-4 with one save, a 1.31 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 149 innings. She committed just five errors defensively with a .957 fielding percentage, while also hitting .353 with 37 RBIs to earn an all-state nomination and team MVP honors.

Addison Miller, Unity

Pitcher/Shortstop Senior

A three-time All-West Central Conference selection, Miller proved to be one of the area's most difficult pitchers to hit as she struck out 195 in 125 innings and allowed opponents just a .179 average. She finished 11-9. The John Wood Community College signee also hit .462 with an .846 slugging percentage 32 RBIs, 10 doubles, two triples and seven home runs.

Brooke Lawson, Illini West

Pitcher Junior

Despite playing most of the season with a fractured thumb on her throwing hand, Lawson threw a pair of no-hitters and two other shutouts to earn first-team All-Prairieland Conference honors. She finished the season with a 15-3 record with one save, a 1.28 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings. Opponents hit just .191 against her. She helped herself by hitting .427 with 12 doubles and 34 RBIs.

Tori Schieferdecker, Payson Seymour

Pitcher Senior

Schieferdecker's presence in the circle gave the Indians a chance every time out. She finished with a 13-4 record, a 1.28 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings. She walked just 24 and opponents hit just .192 against her. Schieferdecker was at her best in the regional championship game, striking out 12 and allowing just two hits in a 6-2 victory over Western.

McKenzie West, Monroe City

Pitcher Senior

West established herself as one of the area's top hurlers throughout her career, finishing with a 16-4 record last fall to go along with a 2.52 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 110 innings. She fielded her position as well, committing just two errors with a .946 fielding percentage. An academic all-state selection who ranked No. 1 in her graduating class, the Truman State signee also hit .323 with 26 runs scored.

Katie Hamlin, Knox County

Pitcher/Infielder Senior

Hamlin earned Class 1 second-team all-state honors as a pitcher, but could have received similar plaudits for her offensive exploits. She hit .456 with a .986 slugging percentage, 35 runs scored, 36 RBIs, 10 doubles and seven home runs. In the circle, she was just as dominant, going 15-5 with a 2.57 ERA. The John Wood Community College signee struck out 128 and walked 28 in 132 innings.

Becca Scott, Highland

Utility Senior

Arguably one of the best power hitters the Highland program has ever produced, Scott helped the Cougars win a Class 2 district championship with a .453 average, a .987 slugging percentage, 13 doubles, nine home rums and 41 RBIs. A first-team all-state selection, Scott set single-season school records for doubles, home runs and RBIs, as well as the career records for home runs, RBIs and batting average.