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All-Dallas County softball teams released

Julia Evans, Woodward-GrangerBuy Photo
Julia Evans, Woodward-Granger
Kenzi Sutton, A-D-MBuy Photo
Kenzi Sutton, A-D-M
Allie O'Brien, Dallas Center-GrimesBuy Photo
Allie O'Brien, Dallas Center-Grimes
Ana Angel, Van MeterBuy Photo
Ana Angel, Van Meter
Taylor Luther, WaukeeBuy Photo
Taylor Luther, Waukee

Class 4A state champion Dallas Center-Grimes was well represented on the all-Dallas County softball teams, which were released this week.

The Fillies, who beat Carlisle 5-2 last month in the title game, landed three first-team picks in pitcher Paige Lowary, third baseman Brooke Kramer and outfielder Macey Wolfe.

Lowary was 27-2 with a 1.21 ERA and 244 strikeouts while limiting opponents to a .131 batting average. She also hit .424 with five home runs and 24 RBIs. Brooke Kramer took on a starting role as an eighth-grader and hit .394 with 50 hits, 35 runs scored and 18 stolen bases in 20 attempts. Wolfe, who will play for the University of Northern Iowa, hit .418 with five homers, 34 RBIs and a team-leading 56 hits.

Tabitha Taylor, Rachel Lowary and Allie O’Brien were named to the second team. Taylor hit .283 with four homers and 36 RBIs, Rachel Lowary hit .368 with two homers, 25 RBIs and a .451 on-base percentage and O’Brien finished with a .356 average, two homers and 26 knocked in.

Van Meter landed three players on the first team. Freshman catcher Bailey Richards hit .593 with an .832 slugging percentage, an OBP of .632 and 67 hits, 43 RBIs and 52 runs scored. Senior shortstop Hope Connor hit .534 with a .763 slugging percentage, 59 RBIs and 63 hits, and outfielder Ana Angel hit .514 with a .701 slugging percentage, .563 OBP, 66 hits, 47 runs and 26 stolen bases.

The Bulldogs’ Kila Carbine, Ali Flaherty and Leasha Porter were named to the second team. Carbine won 14 games in the pitcher’s circle and hit .430 at the plate, slugging .607 and driving in 42 runs. Flaherty hit .412 with an OBP of .496 and Porter hit .413 with two home runs and 28 RBIs.

Waukee picked up four all-county selections, including first-team second baseman Callie Feaker. The senior led the Warriors at the plate with a .431 average, .708 slugging percentage and .507 OBP. She counted seven home runs among her 56 hits and drove in 26 while scoring 32 runs.

Kaitlyn Menz, Taylor Luther and Kylie Mickelson were named to the second team. Menz went 18-8 in her freshman campaign with a 2.20 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 159 1/3 innings while holding hitters to a .186 average. Luther, her batterymate, hit .352 with 43 hits and 19 RBIs while drawing 18 walks. Mickelson hit .333 with three homers, 28 RBIs and a .465 slugging percentage.

Woodward-Granger picked up five all-county selections, led by freshman pitcher Dalaney Bice. Bice won 10 outings for the Hawks, and pounded opposing teams to the tune of a .509 average, 1.093 slugging percentage, 17 home runs and 66 RBIs. Senior shortstop Julia Evans hit .444 with 52 hits, 11 doubles and 31 driven in, and junior outfielder Alyssa Jack hit .398 with a .542 slugging percentage, 47 hits and 20 RBIs.

Named to the second team were the Hawks’ Bree Lesch and Annie Webb. Lesch hit .412 with an OBP of .505, driving in 17 and scoring 30 runs. Webb finished with a .392 average, one home run, 47 hits and 23 RBIs.

A-D-M was paced offensively this season by first-team selection Kenzi Sutton. The sophomore shortstop hit .449, sporting an OBP of .490 and a slugging percentage of .719 to go with five homers and 19 driven in.

Honorable mentions went to A-D-M’s Caitlyn Gruening and Gabbie Glenn, DC-G’s Jackie Peyton and Taylor Draisey, Van Meter’s Dion Shirley and Nicole Meyer, Waukee’s Claire Dudek, Shaye Witte and Nicole Tennant, and W-G’s Meagan Bandstra and Miranda Aunspach.

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