Lady Vike softball team deep and ready to compete
AVOCA -- Deep, versatile and competitive.
That is the type of team AHSTW softball coach G.G. Harris envisions as the Lady Vikes prepare for this year’s three-and-a-half week sprint to the postseason.
AHSTW finished 12-11 overall in 2019 and went 9-6 (fourth place) in the Western Iowa Conference. The season ended in the Class 2A regional semifinals with a 13-5 loss at fourth-ranked West Monona.
The Lady Vikes graduated just one senior from that team in Katie Anzalone, a third team All-State selection who led the way with a .387 batting average, 22 runs, four doubles, one home run and 16 stolen bases.
The rest of the squad is back, however, and hungry to open the 2020 season on Monday (June 15) at Tri-Center.
AHSTW returns nine varsity letter winners, including three pitchers who worked between 21 and 76 innings and six players who received All-WIC honors as either second team or honorable mention selections. The roster stands at 28 girls in grades 8-12.
“Katie Anzalone was a dynamic player for us last year and she will be missed. That being said, we return everyone else,” Harris noted. “We have a couple additions that have really made our team more complete and still extremely competitive during practices and at certain places in the lineup. We are very deep and can offer many different lineups with our versatile personnel. We also bring in a very talented 8th grade group that isn’t shy to compete and get after it.
“This year’s team has a lot of potential, and even with a shortened season I believe we have a healthy enough team dynamic that we can really push this team’s limits. We have an extremely experienced and senior-led team. These girls have played since they were freshmen, if not earlier, and have bought into the program with myself and Coach (Jill) Vanderhoof. The seniors have really grown up and realized that no matter their role on the team, they can star in that role and the team will be better because of it.”
AHSTW Softball Profile
12-11 Overall, 9-6 Western Iowa Conf. (4th Place); 2A Regional Semifinalist.
WIC Tournament: Lost in quarterfinal round.
Postseason Run - def. Missouri Valley 3-2; lost to West Monona 14-5.
All-State Honors - Katie Anzalone: IGCA Third Team (Class 2A).
Anzalone was also named First Team All-District (2A Southwest).
All-Western Iowa Conference Honors - Katie Anzalone, sr. (First Team); Natalie Hagadon, fr. (Second Team); Paige Osweiler, jr. (Second Team); Kailey Jones, so. (Honorable Mention); Sydney Zimmerman, jr. (HM); Baylee Meyers, jr. (HM); Ally Meyers, fr. (HM).
Team Roster (Grades 8-12) -- Seniors: Tristin Heiny (1B)*, Baylee Meyers (OF/2B)*, Corine Noethe, Paige Osweiler (C/IF)*, Madison Thornton (P/OF)*, Sydney Zimmerman (OF)*. Juniors: Maddison Brenneis, Kailey Jones (P/OF)*, Jordyn Steffens (OF/C). Sophomores: Natalie Hagadon (OF)*, Darian Hansen, Madison Heiny (IF)*, Morgan Heiny (IF/OF/C), Avah Hemminger, Ally Meyers (P/IF)*, Abbie Willett. Freshmen: Logan Akers, Bella Canada, Grace Porter (IF). 8th Graders: Maegan Akers, Miranda Akers, Delaney Goshorn, Rylie Knapp, Ella Langer, Isabel Luna, Graycen Partlow, Saydi Paulsen, Lilly Scott. (* denotes returning letter winners)
Returning Varsity Stat Leaders
Batting Average: Natalie Hagadon .365, Kailey Jones .348, Ally Meyers .314, Paige Osweiler .309, Madison Heiny .288, Sydney Zimmerman .254.
Total Hits: K. Jones 24, N. Hagadon 23, A. Meyers 22, P. Osweiler 21.
Runs Scored: N. Hagadon 17, A. Meyers 16, P. Osweiler 15, S. Zimmerman 13, M. Heiny 12, Baylee Meyers 12.
Runs-Batted-In: M. Heiny 16 (led team), P. Osweiler 13, K. Jones 10.
Doubles: K. Jones 2, P. Osweiler 2, B. Meyers 2, S. Zimmerman 2, N. Hagadon 2.
Triples: K. Jones 1, Darian Hansen 1.
Walks: M. Heiny 13 (led team), P. Osweiler 11, S. Zimmerman 9.
Stolen Bases: B. Meyers 10/12, A. Meyers 9/9, P. Osweiler 6/6, N. Hagadon 6/7.
On-Base Percentage: M. Heiny .421, P. Osweiler .415, N. Hagadon .412, K. Jones .382, A. Meyers .360, S. Zimmerman .342.
Pitching W-L Record: A. Meyers 5-3 (led team), K. Jones 5-5, Madison Thornton 2-2.
Innings Pitched: K. Jones 76.0 (led team), A. Meyers 51.3, M. Thornton 21.7.
Earned Run Average: K. Jones 3.41, A. Meyers 3.41 (tied for team lead), M. Thornton 3.55.
WHIP: K. Jones 1.16 (led team), A. Meyers 1.19, M. Thornton 1.43.
Strikeouts: K. Jones 33 (led team), A. Meyers 25, M. Thornton 12.
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