All-Whatcom County softball capsules

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 19, 2014 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

LAUREN MALEY

School: Ferndale

Year: Junior

Position: Pitcher

What she did: Led Golden Eagles to a 22-4 overall record, including going undefeated in Northwest Conference play en route to a league title. ... All-NWC Player of the Year. ... Went 20-4 in the circle, accounting for 135 1/3 innings pitched and 174 strikeouts, while holding a 1.35 ERA. ... Struck out seven or more hitters 15 times. ... Hit .368 with 38 RBI and hit three home runs. ... Led Ferndale to its first state appearance where the Golden Eagles went 1-2.

COACH OF THE YEAR

HOLLY HILTON

School: Ferndale

What she did: Led talented Golden Eagles to its first appearance in Class 3A State Tournament after going 22-4 overall, 12-0 in Northwest Conference. ... Ferndale had a strong showing at district, winning its first two games and getting to the championship game before falling to Glacier Peak 3-2. ... Golden Eagles went 1-2 at state. ... Selected All-NWC Coach of the Year.

ABIGAIL BAUTHUES

School: Ferndale

Year: Junior

Position: Outfield

What she did: Solid presence for Holly Hilton in the cleanup spot, hitting .423 with a home run, 12 doubles, 23 RBI and 30 runs scored. ... Helped Ferndale to a 22-4 record, a Northwest Conference league title and an appearance in the 3A state tournament. ... First-team All-NWC selection by the coaches.

TANNA BENSON

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Position: Pitcher/infield

What she did: Pitching was a big reason Lynden finished third in the Class 2A State Tournament. ... Finished with a 2.21 ERA over 123 2/3 innings, striking out 81 and conceding just 28 walks. ... Also a standout at the plate, with a .552 batting average, three home runs and 29 RBI.

SHELBY BROWN

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

Position: Outfield

What she did: One of the most lethal hitters in the Northwest Conference, hitting .475 with eight home runs, seven doubles, six triples, 36 RBI and 38 runs scored. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Helped lead Lynden Christian to the Class 1A State Tournament and a 15-12 overall record.

CHLOE GARDNER

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Senior

Position: infield

What she did: A force in the middle of Nooksack Valley's lineup, helping lead the Pioneers to a 15-16 record and the Class 1A State Tournament. ... Hit .382 with five home runs, 31 RBI and eight doubles. ... Went 7 for 8 with two home runs in the Pioneers' first two games of the tri-district tournament.

LEXI GREGUSKI

School: Blaine

Year: Senior

Position: Catcher

What she did: A senior leader for a Borderite club that came within one game of making it to the Class 1A State Tournament. ... Provided a stable presence behind the plate. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection in leading Blaine to a 15-12 record. ... Provided power out of the leadoff spot.

GABBY GOROSAVE

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

Position: Infield

What she did: An offensive force for Sehome, batting .525 with 30 RBI, 32 runs scored and two home runs. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Standout performances on the year include a 3-for-4, five-run, three-RBI day against Meridian and a 4-for-4, two RBI day against Anacortes.

MORGAN HENRY

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

Position: Catcher

What she did: Paired with Gabby Gorosave to give Sehome one of the best middle-of-the-order combos in the Northwest Conference. ... Hit .583 with 23 RBI, 28 runs scored, seven doubles and five home runs. ... A commanding presence behind the plate, leading the Mariners' pitching staff with poise.

EMMA LALLAS

School: Mount Baker

Year: Senior

Position: Outfield

What she did: A strong leader in the outfield, and showed as much range as anyone in the Northwest Conference. ... First-team All-NWC selection. ... A strong, middle-of-the-order hitter, batting .525 with 32 RBI, hitting six doubles, six triples and one home run. ... Led Mount Baker to the Class 1A state title game.

KASEY LUNA

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher

What she did: Strong pitching in the circle helped lead Lynden Christian to the Class 1A State Tournament. ... Threw 19 innings in one day at the tri-district tournament, allowing just two runs total. ... Hit .456, leading the Lyncs with 41 hits. ... Had two doubles, two triples, 17 RBI and 30 runs scored.

SCARLETT NYENHUIS

School: Ferndale

Year: Junior

Position: Infield/outfield

What she did: One of the most feared hitters in the Northwest Conference, batting .441 with 18 RBI and 29 runs scored. ... First-team All-NWC selection. ... Helped lead Ferndale to a 22-4 record, a league title and an appearance in the 3A State Tournament. ... Went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI Bainbridge in state opener.

TRISHA SNYDAR

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Infield

What she did: Important to the Lions' run to third at state after hitting .439 with two home runs, 39 runs scored and 28 RBI. ... A standout infielder, making just two errors at second base. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference selection by the coaches. ... Helped Lynden to a 18-9 overall record.

ALEKS TOIVOLA

School: Mount Baker

Year: Junior

Position: Pitcher

What she did: Phenomenal for the Mountaineers in their run to the 1A state title game, tossing shutouts in Mount Baker's first two state games. ... Accumulated an 18-6 record in the circle with a 2.41 ERA. ... Had seven shutouts, striking out 102 hitters in 151 1/3 innings pitched. ... Hit .505 with 27 RBI.

LEXI VANDER GRIEND

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

Position: Infield

What she did: Paired with Livi Vander Griend to make one of the better defensive middle infield tandems in the conference. ... Had a strong season from the plate, hitting.434 with four doubles, 20 RBI and 30 runs scored. ... Improved as the season progressed, helping LC to an appearance in the Class 1A State Tournament.

DREW WESTFORD

School: Ferndale

Year: Freshman

Position: Catcher

What she did: Combined with Lauren Maley to make one of the best pitcher-catcher combos in the Northwest Conference. ... Second-team All-NWC selection. ... Hit .473 with four home runs, 28 RBI and 21 runs scored. ... Helped lead Ferndale to its first appearance at the state tournament and NWC league crown.

EMILY YOST

School: Mount Baker

Year: Junior

Position: Infield

What she did: Despite only playing in 19 games due to an early-season injury, hit .484 with 32 RBI, seven doubles, three triples and two home runs. ... Helped lead Mount Baker to the Class 1A state title game. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection by the coaches.

HONORABLE MENTION

Catyler Alex, Lynden

Emily Brandland, Mount Baker

Collette Brown, Ferndale

Heidi Chambers, Mount Baker

Lindsay Hayes, Nooksack Valley

Lexi Holleman, Lynden Christian

Kadence Kane, Ferndale

Hannah Kiele, Blaine

Elisa Kooiman, Lynden

Jenah Korthuis, Lynden Christian

Mallory Kruzich, Sehome

Alexis McElwain, Blaine

Arlissa Oettel, Nooksack Valley

Lacey Postlewait, Mount Baker

Lindsey Richard, Bellingham

Hannah Rothwell, Lynden

Savanna Shawler, Ferndale

Kayla Struiksma, Nooksack Valley

Brianna Turner, Nooksack Valley

Livi Vander Griend, Lynden Christian

Mandy Warner, Lynden

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