All-Whatcom County Softball Team capsules

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 22, 2013 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

BROOKE BONSEN

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher

What she did: Built off a strong 2012 season to put together an even more impressive year in 2013. ... Served as Lynden's top pitcher and was equally effective as a hitter. ... Matched last year's win total with a record of 19-5 but lowered her ERA to 1.79. ... Not an overpowering pitcher but could paint corners and didn't walk batters, evidenced by her 138 strikeouts and 15 walks in 152 innings pitched. ... Usually hit out of the clean-up spot and batted for a .469 average with an on-base percentage of .530. ... Recorded 31 RBI, nine doubles, a triple and a home run. ... Led the Lions to the Class 2A State Tournament semifinals, their first district title since 1993, a Northwest Conference title and a 21-6 record. ... A first-team All-NWC selection. ... Will play at Bellevue Community college next spring.

COACH OF THE YEAR

STEVE PETERSEN

School: Lynden

What he did: Guided Lynden to the Class 2A State Tournament semifinals and was one win away from claiming a state trophy. ... Helped the Lions win the Northwest Conference title, a district title for the first time since 1993 and compile a 21-6 overall record. ... Coached four All-NWC selections. ... Led the Lions to a deep state tournament run after going two-and-out the previous year.

FIRST TEAM

RACHEL ALBERT

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Shortstop

What she did: An overall incredible athlete who showed why during her four years playing shortstop at Sehome. ... Enjoyed another strong season, committing only four errors in the middle infield. ... Was as impressive at the plate, hitting for a .453 batting average, recording 17 runs, 15 RBI, six doubles, and two home runs. ... Helped the Mariners finish 6-6 in the Northwest Conference and 8-10 overall. ... A first-team All-NWC selection. ... Will play basketball at Western Washington University next winter.

TANNA BENSON

School: Lynden

Year: Sophomore

Position: Third base

What she did: A solid defensive third baseman but is mostly recognized for her hitting abilities. ... Led Lynden with a .528 batting average and had an on-base percentage of .614. ... Posted a team-high 39 RBI with 14 doubles, a triple and a home run. ... Always a tough out and should continue to give Northwest Conference pitchers problems with two years left to play. ... Helped Lynden reach the Class 2A State Tournament semifinals, win a district and Northwest Conference title and compile an overall record of 21-6. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.

ASHLEY BOLICK

School: Blaine

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher

What she did: Returned after missing 2012 with a foot injury to become both one of the top pitchers and hitters in the Northwest Conference. ... Compiled a strong pitching record while hitting over .500 most of the year. ... Possessed tremendous leadership and intense passion for the game. ... Helped Blaine reach the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament and come within one win of advancing to state while finishing 7-5 in league and 16-9 overall. ... A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Will play at Lewis & Clark College next spring.

CHLOE GARDNER

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Junior

Position: Catcher/Outfield

What she did: Continued to show why she's regarded as one of the top hitters in the Northwest Conference with another strong season at the plate. ... Showed defensive versatility once again playing catcher and center field throughout the season. ... Hit for a .440 average with a team-high 40 RBI, 35 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples and nine home runs . ... Helped the Pioneers win a Northwest and Tri-District Tournament title, advance to the Class 1A State Tournament and finish 6-6 in league and 17-10 overall. ... A first-team All-NWC Conference selection.

GABBY GOROSAVE

School: Sehome

Year: Sophomore

Position: Catcher/Infielder

What she did: Arguably one of, if not the top, hitter in the Northwest Conference. ... Also is a coaching luxury defensively with her ability to catch and play everywhere in the infield, though she mostly played third base. ... Can hit for power and can drive the ball to any part of the field, which was evident by her .522 batting average and 22 extra-base hits. ... Tallied 35 RBI, 26 runs, 14 doubles, two triples and six home runs. ... Only struck out twice the whole season. ... Helped the Mariners finish 6-6 in the Northwest Conference and 8-10 overall. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.

LEXI GREGUSKI

School: Blaine

Year: Sophomore

Position: Catcher

What she did: Developed into an even stronger catcher after an already impressive freshman season. ... Displayed solid defense and put up strong numbers at the plate as well. ... Built a strong rapport with Blaine ace Ashley Bolick during their first year working together, so much so coach Alisa Burk let the two call their own game. ... Helped Blaine reach the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament and come within one win of advancing to state while finishing 7-5 in league and 16-9 overall. ... A second-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

KADENCE KANE

School: Ferndale

Year: Sophomore

Position: Shortstop

What she did: An up-and-coming standout that's already made a name for herself in the Northwest Conference in the field and at the plate. ... Owned a fielding percentage of .900 playing shortstop with 45 put outs and 36 assists and was voted the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player. ... Batted third in Ferndale's lineup, recording a .456 batting average, a .603 on-base percentage, 10 doubles, four triples and 27 RBI. ... Helped Ferndale reach the Class 3A Northwest District Tournament and finish 9-3 in league and 14-9 overall. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.

ALEXIS PIKE

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Sophomore

Position: Pitcher/Infielder

What she did: One half of a two-pitcher rotation with teammate Kayla Struiksma that Nooksack Valley would swap in and out during games. ...A strong pitcher who did a solid job of making hitters hit while not giving up walks. ... Played her best towards the end of the year and into the postseason. ... Arguably just as important as her arm, if not more, were her hitting abilities. ... Led the club with a .500 batting average, had 21 RBI in 60 at-bats, six doubles and two home runs. ... Helped the Pioneers win a Northwest and Tri-District Tournament title, advance to the Class 1A State Tournament and finish the season 6-6 in league and 17-10 overall.

EMMA LALLAS

School: Mount Baker

Year: Junior

Position: Outfielder

What she did: A strong defensive outfielder who provided a steady bat in the Mountaineers' batting order. ... Showed great plate discipline and capitalized on base with her team-high 15 walks and 26 runs scored. ... Hit for a .346 batting average, recorded a .541 on-base percentage and ranked second on the club in RBI with 21. ... Recorded three doubles and four triples. ... Helped Mount Baker reach the Class 1A State Tournament and finish 5-7 in league and 14-13 overall. ... A second-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

MCKINNA LARSON

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Senior

Position: Shortstop

What she did: Set the stage for Nooksack Valley batting in the lead-off spot and was one of several valuable seniors who provided strong leadership. ... Frequently displayed her defensive abilities at shortstop, ranging to make difficult plays time and time again. ... Hit for a .336 average with an on-base percentage of .526. ... Recorded 16 RBI, five doubles, a triple and a home run. ... Helped the Pioneers win a Northwest and Tri-District Tournament title, advance to the Class 1A State Tournament and finish the season 6-6 in league and 17-10 overall. ... A first-team All-Northwest conference selection.

SELENA PAI

School: Blaine

Year: Junior

Position: Outfielder

What she did: Gave the Borderites a strong bat in the middle of the lineup and a reliable glove in centerfield. ... Was a key piece in helping Blaine take a big step this year. ... Should anchor the Borderites' lineup again next season with Alexis McElwain and Lexi Greguski. ... Had a career day hitting a home run and two doubles while recording seven RBI against Friday Harbor. ... Helped Blaine reach the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament and come within one win of advancing to state while finishing 7-5 in league and 16-9 overall. ... A second-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

TRISHA SNYDAR

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Position: Second base

What she did: The Lions relied on strong defense to back Brooke Bonsen's pitch-to-contact approach, and Snydar's glove work in the middle infield was a big part of Lynden's success. ... Besides stout play at second, she put together a .443 batting average with a .598 on-base percentage. ... Scored 36 runs - second most on the club - and recorded 22 RBI. ... Helped Lynden reach the Class 2A State Tournament semifinals, win a district and Northwest Conference title and compile an overall record of 21-6. ... A second-team All-NWC selection.

TAYLOR VANDALEN

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Outfielder

What she did: Helped set the tone in Lynden's lineup with her slap-hit style batting out the No. 2 hole. ... A reliable outfielder who had speed on the base paths. ... Hit for a .404 batting average with a .530 on-base percentage and a .404 slugging percentage. ... Scored 27 runs and stole 11 bases. ... Provided strong leadership all season. ... Helped Lynden reach the Class 2A State Tournament semifinals, win a district and Northwest Conference title and compile an overall record of 21-6.

MANDY WARNER

School: Lynden

Year: Sophomore

Position: Catcher

What she did: Still an underclassmen, coach Steve Petersen has billed her as nearly a five-tool player. ... Worked with pitcher Brooke Bonsen to stifle opposing hitters all season long, helping her post a 1.79 ERA. ... Batted leadoff and used her speed and base-running skills to record 18 stolen bases and a team-high 37 runs. ... Hit for a .414 average with an on-base percentage of .530. ... Had eight doubles to go along with 20 RBI. ... Helped Lynden reach the Class 2A State Tournament semifinals, win a district and Northwest Conference title and compile an overall record of 21-6. ... A second-team All-NWC selection.

CORRIE WILSON

School: Ferndale

Year: Senior

Position: Catcher

What she did: A strong defensive catcher with a live arm, an outstanding hitter and an overall game changer. ... Has been the perfect fit for Ferndale's young pitchers to work with. ... Served as a team co-captain, batted clean-up and was voted the Golden Eagles' Most Valuable Player. ... Hit for a team-high .521 batting average with an on-base percentage of .603, recorded four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 26 RBI. ... Helped Ferndale reach the Class 3A Northwest District Tournament and finish 9-3 in league and 14-9 overall. ... A first-team All-NWC selection. ... Will play at Saint Martin's University next spring.

EMILY YOST

School: Mount Baker

Year: Sophomore

Position: Catcher/Outfielder

What she did: Always seemed to come up with clutch hits when Mount Baker needed them the most. ... Caught for Mountaineers starting pitcher Aleks Toivola and developed a leadership role as the season went on. ... Hit for a .333 batting average with a .656 slugging percentage. ... Recorded 19 extra-base hits with 12 doubles, four triples and three home runs. ... Scored 24 runs, and her 42 RBI set a new school record. ... Helped Mount Baker reach the Class 1A State Tournament and finish 5-7 in league and 14-13 overall. ... A second-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

HONORABLE MENTION:

Player School

Brittney Allen Nooksack Valley

Collette Brown Ferndale

Kaitlyn Brown Lynden

Shelby Brown Lynden Christian

Melanie Brown Nooksack Valley

Karley De Jager Lynden Christian

Lauren Eckert Squalicum

Kendra Holmes Meridian

Haley Hunt Nooksack Valley

Bridget Kruck Lynden Christian

Julia Latimer Bellingham

Lauren Maley Ferndale

Lexi McElwain Blaine

Meagan McIntyre Sehome

Hallie Messenger Sehome

Scarlett Nyenhuis Ferndale

Lindsay Pysden Squalicum

Lacey Postlewait Mount Baker

Hannah Rothwell Lynden

Aysha Schwinden Mount Baker

Kayla Struiksma Nooksack Valley

Aleks Toivola Mount Baker

Margaret Williams Blaine

Megan Young Mount Baker

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