2010 Tribune All-Area Softball Team
Nine of the 20 players selected to the Tribune's All-Area Softball team are repeat selections, including four-time selection Whitney Woehler of Paynesville.
Woehler's teammate, Keely Meagher, is a three-time selection.
Redwood Valley has the most selections with three and all were underclassmen; sophomore pitcher Sam Felt, junior third baseman Megan Bunting and junior shortstop Jessica Fischer. Fischer was also named All-Area a year ago.
Other repeat selections include: KMS freshman pitcher Sam Dunn, Minnewaska senior pitcher Laura Paulson, Morris Area senior shortstop Mary Rentz, Morris Area junior catcher Dani Schultz, New London-Spicer senior second baseman Jenna Moritz, and New London-Spicer senior pitcher/third baseman Jessica Rosendahl.
Earning their first All-Area honors in softball are: Taylor Semler, a senior pitcher from Benson/Hancock; Datrianna Jensen, a junior catcher from Benson/Hancock; Kristen Lee, a senior shortstop from Dawson-Boyd; Abby Kreitlow, a senior second baseman from Minnewaska; Heather Horning, a freshman pitcher from Willmar; Sara Kallhoff, a junior shortstop from Willmar; Caylee Hagemeyer, a senior first baseman from MACCRAY; Aimee Johnson, a senior shortstop from Yellow Medicine East; and Ellen Johnson, a sophomore second baseman from Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.
The All-Area team is selected by the sports editor after consulting with staff members, as well as area and out of the area coaches. The team is not selected by position.
Junior third base
Bunting, a three-year starter, batted .385 this season and scored 31 runs as the Cardinals reached the section championship and finished 21-5. She had seven extra-base hits and drove in 17 runs.
Dunn was impressive in the circle and at the plate this season. She posted a 12-5 record and a 2.43 ERA with 83 strikeouts in 92 innings for the Fighting Saints. She also batted .500 with 32 runs scored, nine stolen bases, 10 extra-base hits and 25 RBI.
Felt pitched every game for the Cardinals, finishing with a 21-5 record. In 167 innings, the right-hander struck out 162 and pitched the Cardinals into the section chapionship game. She pitched three shutouts and a 2.43 ERA. Used sparingly as a hitter, she batted .214.
A three-year starter, Fischer hit .391 this season and displayed both speed and power with 10 extra-base hits, 27 RBI and 30 runs. Fischer also is an outstanding defensive player with a strong arm and excellent range.
Senior first base
Hagemeyer, a three-year starter, was chosen to play in the Coaches Association All-Star series after batting .415 with 16 RBI for the Wolverines, who went 12-8. She also scored 15 runs and was an excellent fielder.
Horning steadily im-proved as the season progressed and finished 11-6 with a sterling 1.91 ERA. In 110 innings pitched, she fanned 89 and walked only 23. She also led the Cardinals at the plate with a .397 average and in extra-base hits with nine and RBI with 16.
A solid catcher who rarely lets low pitches get past her. She was a solid run-producer with 18 RBI in 24 hits. She batted .325 with 15 runs scored and eight extra-base hits, helping the Brave/Owls finish 17-6.
Yellow Medicine East
Johnson, a four-year starter, paced the Sting this season with a .360 batting average and also led the team with 22 RBI and a .493 on-base percentage. She also had three doubles and three triples and 15 runs scored.
Sophomore second base
The Fighting Saints' leadoff hitter batted a robust .447 this season while scoring 34 runs and driving in 10 runs. She drew 20 walks and had 10 extra-base hits, helping KMS go 16-7 this spring.
A steady defensive player as well as a consistent offensive threat, Kallhoff helped the Cardinals finish 11-8. She was second on the team in hitting this season with a .340 average, while driving in nine runs.
Senior second base
Kreitlow hit .411 with nine doubles and three triples, helping the Lakers win share the West Central South conference title and finish 18-4 overall. She also drove in 16 runs and stole nine bases.
A three-year starting shortstop, Lee batted .381 this season with seven doubles, a triple and two home runs, while driving in 25 runs to help the Blackjacks share the Camden Conference title. She also scored 23 runs and swiped 10 bases.
Senior third base
Meagher batted .405 this season for the Bulldogs, while leading the team with 29 RBI and also in extra-base hits with 12. She struck out only five times in 93 plate appearances. Defensively, Meagher made only one error.
Senior second base
Moritz, a three-year starter, had a stellar year at the plate, hitting a team-best .535 with 10 extra-base hits, 18 runs scored and 20 RBI. She also was solid defensively with excellent range and a good arm.
The co-MVP in the West Central South Conference was 18-4 in the circle with a 0.87 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 129 innings with just 10 walks. She also had a no-hitter. At the plate, she was equally as strong with a .362 average, including 14 doubles and three triples, while driving in 25 runs.
Rentz has been a four-year starter for the Tigers. The shortstop had 28 assists and 28 putouts this season. Despite a fracture in her hand, she batted had seven doubles and five triples while batting .415 this season with 14 RBI, 18 runs and 12 stolen bases.
Senior pitcher/third base
Rosendahl posted a 10-4 record and a 1.36 ERA this season for the Wildcats. The three-year starter also struck out 96 batters in 98 innings and recorded two saves. She also batted .370 and drove in 12 runs.
A solid catcher with a knack for blocking low pitches, Schultz made only two errors in her third season as a starter. She also amassed 11 assists with a strong arm and a quick release. At the plate, she batted .439 with 16 RBI, while scoring 28 runs. She had a .519 on-base percentage.
Semler went 14-4 this season in the circle with a 1.69 ERA and struck out 126 batters in 129 innings. Semler also had only 19 walks all season and posted three shutouts. She was also an excellent fielder, making just one error.
Woehler was the co-MVP in the West Central South Conference. She posted a 19-5 record and a 1.21 ERA. In 133 innings, she struck out 137 batters and walked only 27. She also had six shutouts, including one perfect game. And she led the team with a .444 batting average and had 17 RBI.