SPRINGVILLE - While the season may not have ended the way the Springville softball team had hoped it would after a tough post-season setback earlier this month, that doesn’t take anything away from what the Orioles accomplished during the 2020 regular season.
And there was a lot to be proud of.
Tri-Rivers Conference coaches named five Springville players to All-West division teams recently, with freshman Molly Stamp and junior Libby Moore each being selected to the first-team. Teammates Savannah Nealman and Morgan Nachazel, both sophomores, were second-team picks while sophomore Grace Matus was an honorable mention selection.
Stamp, named a first-team pick on the infield, tore it up against conference pitching hitting at a .429 clip while also playing outstanding defensively at third base. Her 18 hits and nine RBIs also led the team in league play.
Moore, a first-team utility selection, was the Orioles’ ace in the pitchers’ circle logging 51.1 innings against Tri-Rivers foes with a 3.00 earned run average while striking out 37 batters. Moore also got the job done at the plate hitting .308 with seven RBIs and tying for the team lead with four doubles against conference pitching.
Nealman, a second-team pick at first base, drilled softballs at a .386 clip with a team-high 14 runs scored and two home runs.
Nachazel, one of the smoothest shortstops in the conference and a second-team choice in the infield, hit .368 and topped the team with her .500 on-base percentage coming through with a team-best 10 walks.
Matus once again anchored the pitching staff from her catcher position and also provided plenty of offense hitting at a .300 clip in conference play and scoring 12 runs.
Joining Stamp and Moore as first-team All-Tri-Rivers Conference West division selections were: pitchers- Abby Flanagan, sr. (North Linn) and Sara Reid, so. (Central City); catcher- Grace Flanagan, sr. (North Linn); first base- Emma Cook, jr. (East Buchanan); infielders- Olivia Donlea, sr. (East Buchanan), Mikayla Thein, sr. (Edgewood-Colesburg) and Jill Smith, so. (North Linn); outfielders- Taya Tucker, jr. (Maquoketa Valley), Sydney Cook, jr. (Alburnett), Hannah Bridgewater, sr. (North Linn) and Kaitlyn Somerfelt, jr. (North Linn); utility- Natalie Gallery, sr. (North Linn).
Joining Nealman and Nachazel as second-team All-Tri-Rivers West division picks were: pitchers- Lara Fox, so. (East Buchanan) and Leeah Weber, sr. (Central City); catcher- Riley Preuss, sr. (Edgewood-Colesburg); infielders- Erin Knipper, fr. (Maquoketa Valley), Skylar Benesh, 8th, (North Linn) and Lacey Hennick, jr. (Central City); outfielders- McKenna Parker, jr. (Alburnett), Emma Fritcher, jr. (Central City), Lauren Donlea, so. (East Buchanan) and Hailey Rausch, so. (Edgewood-Colesburg); utility- Natalie Noonan, so. (Central City) and Rae VanMilligan, sr. (North Linn).,
Earning honorable mention status with Matus were: Lacey Neighbor, fr. (Alburnett), Lillie Kramer, sr. (Central City), Eden Brady, 8th, (East Buchanan), Chezney Priem, sr. (Edgewood-Colesburg), Brooke Elgin, sr. (Maquoketa Valley), Jenna Lemley, so. (North Linn) and Keelie Curtis, 8th, (Starmont).
North Linn swept the West division’s post-season individual awards as Abby Flanagan was named Most Valuable Player while Marv Porter earned Coach of the Year honors.