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The 2013 softball West Central Activities all-conference teams have been announced and five Bulldogs have been named to the first and second teams as well as two honorable mentions. The Bulldogs (23-11, 13-5 conference), who finished fourth in the WCC, had four first-teamers in catcher Bailey Richards, infielder Hope Connor, outfielder Ana Angel and utility player Leasha Porter while eighth-grader Kila Carbine was named to the second team as a pitcher.
Richards, a freshman, scored 52 runs and finished second in the state in Division 2A in both batting average (.593) and on base percentage (.632) finishing behind senior Bailie Schipper from Aplington-Parkersburg in both categories. She lead the Bulldogs in both of these categories and finished fourth in Class 2A in doubles with 21.
Behind the plate she threw out 11 base stealers on 28 stolen base attempts which ranks her 9th in Division 2A.
Connor, a senior, finished second on the team in batting average (.534) which ranks her 21st in Division 2A. She also stole 16 bases on 16 attempts and batted in 59 runs which ranks ninth in Division 2A.
She finished seventh in Division 2A with 19 doubles this season and in the field she had just five errors all season on 96 chances.
Angel, a junior, had just one error while starting 35 games for the Bulldogs. She was second on the team in on base percentage (.570), had a .514 batting average and lead the team with six triples which ranked her fourth in Division 2A. Angel also stole 26 bases on 28 attempts.
Porter, a senior, had a .413 batting average, which ranked fifth on the team as well as a .472 on base percentage which also ranked fifth on the team while hitting two homeruns, the most on the team.
Carbine was the only eighth-grader selected for the first or second teams. She was the primary pitcher for the Bulldogs this season and posted a record of 14-10 in 137 innings pitched and 22 starts.
Carbine fanned 101 batters this season while only walking 27. Batters had just a .201 average against her and she gave up 129 hits and 63 earned runs this season.
At the plate she had a .430 batting average and a .470 on base percentage while hitting one home run. She also finished third on the team with 42 RBIs.
Honorable mentions from Van Meter include sophomore Ali Flaherty and freshman Dion Shirley.
Flaherty had a .412 batting average and a .496 on base percentage while batting in 16 runs. She also stole 14 bases on 14 attempts.
Shirley had a .379 batting average and a .455 on base percentage in her freshman season.
Woodward-Granger received two first-team selections. Freshman Dalaney Bice hit .509 and was third in the state among all classes with 18 home runs. Her 66 RBIs ranked her fourth in the state.
Infielder Julia Evans wrapped up her senior season by hitting .444 with one home run and 31 RBIs. Alyssa Jack, an outfielder, was named to the second team after hitting .398. She was tied for fourth on the team in hits and drove in 20 runs while drawing more walks (16) than strikeouts (14).
Meagan Bandstra and Annie Webb were named honorable mentions for the Hawks. Bandstra, a freshman, hit .343 with six doubles and 12 RBIs, while Webb hit .392 with a home run, 20 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.