The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

June 27, 2014

E/P, Morrison fill all-TRAC selections

PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. — Erie/Prophetstown softball coach Bob Phelps is still disappointed about how his team’s season ends, but the silver lining to a 10-2 Three Rivers Athletic Conference is having six players on the All-Conference teams.

The Panthers weren’t the only team who had many representatives — Morrison picked up eight selections while coaches selected Fulton infielder Jenna Jones as Player of the Year.

Jones led the Steamers (4-8) in nearly every offensive category in 2014 — batting average (.482), runs scored (33), doubles (16), three triples, and 10 stolen bases. Chelsea Lesniewski led Fulton in home runs with six; the Steamers junior made the first team as an infielder.

Fulton had one other first team representative, as Olivia Edfors made it as an outfielder. Edfors hit .259 with 16 runs scored.

Lesniewski hit .439 with eight doubles, and also led the Steamers in terms of wins in the circle with six. Lesniewski had a 7.12 ERA.

Morrison’s three first teamers were Brooke Stralow, Allie Wiersema and Shannon Finneran. Morrison ended the Panthers’ season earlier this month with a weather-shortened victory. The Fillies ended the TRAC season 11-1.

Wiersema and Finneran were unanimous selections. Wiersema was 7-2 with a team-best 1.30 ERA despite being selected as an infielder. Wiersema hit .411, including 14 doubles, while knocking in 23 RBIs.

Meanwhile, Finneran led the Fillies with 40 runs, first with a .536 on-base percentage and second in average (.435). The junior outfielder had 25 RBIs.

Stralow hit an even .400 while leading the Fillies with 34 RBIs. Stralow hit a home run during the season and recorded six wins as a pitcher.

The four Panthers who made the premier list were Kylie Ackerman, Kaeli Kovarik, Clare Kramer and Emily Cox.

Ackerman was the go-to girl for the Panthers in the circle. Ackerman, who was voted unanimously, went 20-2 on the season, had 139 strikeouts on 1.50 ERA.

“Kylie was very important to our success,” Phelps said. “The defense she had behind her allowed her to go out there with great confidence. If there was a hit ball, they would all be able to handle it.”

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