WYOMING - There was no doubting the improvement from the Midland softball team, even in a COVID shortened 2020 campaign, and Tri-Rivers Conference coaches took notice.
For the first time in more than a decade the Eagles had a whopping six players named to Tri-Rivers East division All-Conference teams, led by senior Taylor Bahnsen who was a first-team pick in the outfield.
Sophomore Rachelle Cole (pitcher), sophomore Allison Paulsen (utility), senior Katie Taylor-Mere (first base) and senior Brennah Ricketts (infield) all earned second-team nods while eighth grader Sophia Raubs was an honorable mention selection.
“This just goes to show what the conference coaches thought of our team,” said Midland softball coach Zach Hebl. “We know we’re improving, and getting six girls on All-Conference just proves it. This program is headed in the right direction.”
Bahnsen had a sensational season patrolling centerfield for the Eagles while also hitting .302 overall with 10 RBIs and a team-best 15 runs scored. The senior was also aggressive on the base paths recording 10 steals in 13 attempts.
Cole made massive leaps forward in 2020 posting a 3.50 earned run average against league opponents working 42 innings in the circle.
Paulsen was another big bat in conference play hitting .281 with a team-best .465 on-base percentage while Taylor-Mere anchored first base defensively while hitting .300 offensively against league foes.
Ricketts broke through with a huge senior campaign leading the Eagles with not only her .314 batting average in Tri-Rivers games, but also with her eight stolen bases in a mere nine attempts.
Raubs burst onto the scene this summer and was a major contributor in the pitchers’ circle and at the plate throwing 43.1 innings in the circle with a solid 4.52 ERA striking out 34 batters while also posting a .231 average at the plate.
Joining Bahnsen as All-Tri-Rivers Conference East division first-team selections were: pitchers’ Ryleigh Allgood, fr. (Lisbon) and Grace That, jr. (Bellevue-Marquette); catchers- Kelsey Gerlach, sr. (Bellevue-Marquette) and Addy Widel, so. (Calamus-Wheatland); first base- McKenna Nelson, sr. (Lisbon); infielders- Peyton Robinson, fr. (Lisbon), Stacia Hall, jr. (Lisbon) and Delaney Banowetz, jr. (Bellevue-Marquette); outfielders- Addison Luepker, sr. (Calamus-Wheatland) and Taylor Techau, jr. (Lisbon); utility- Alison Boeckmann, jr. (Calamus-Wheatland) and Elise Kilburg, fr. (Bellevue-Marquette).
Joining Cole, Paulsen, Taylor-Mere and Ricketts on the All-Tri-Rivers East division second team were: catcher-Isabel Shockey; infielders- Mia Petersen, so. (Lisbon) and Kaylie Wilhelm, sr. (Calamus-Wheatland); outfielders- Sam Bennett, sr. (Lisbon), Paige Roos, jr. (Lisbon) and Emily Boeckmann, 8th (Calamus-Wheatland).
Earning honorable mention status with Raubs were: Hannah Pena, 8th (Calamus-Wheatland), Jaysie Woods, so. (Easton Valley), Kali Nelson, fr. (Lisbon) and Halle Kilburg, sr. (Bellevue-Marquette).
Lisbon also swept the individual awards as Ryleigh Allgood was named East division Most Valuable Player while Bob Bunting was named Coach of the Year.