When you put up numbers that rank among the best in the state it’s hard to be ignored when it comes to postseason honors.
Demi Diedrich of Northeast and Kelcie Bormann of Preston had senior softball seasons that caught the attention of the voters, and both earned first-team all-state honors when the Iowa Girls Coaches Association made its selections.
Diedrich, a shortstop, earned first-team honors in Class 2A, while Bormann was voted to the 20-team 1A first team as a pitcher for the second year in a row after making the second team as a sophomore. They were two of six area players to make either the first, second or third team in their respective classes. Bormann’s batterymate, Megan Zeimet, and Marquette Catholic’s Paige Daugherty were second-team picks in Class 1A, Bellevue senior Caley Medinger was a third-team utility player in 1A and Central DeWitt’s Niki Green was a third-team outfielder in 3A.
Bormann led the Trojans to the state tournament for the third time in her five-year career and led the team into the semifinals. The Trojans lost to eventual state champion Akron-Westfield and then had their third-place game canceled because of rain.
She posted monster numbers in the pitcher’s circle and at the plate. Bormann ranked fourth in the state in strikeouts (346 in 191 innings pitched), and she had a 28-4 record and 0.44 earned-run average. She also was Preston’s top hitter, with a .483 average from the leadoff spot with 16 doubles, eight homers and 41 RBIs.
Diedrich was tough to keep off the bases — she had a .518 batting average and .557 on-base percentage — and once she reached base, she was a threat to run. She tied for the state lead with 55 stolen bases and a had a state-leading 60 attempts. She also hit one home run and drove in 17 runs.
Daugherty, an outfielder, earned all-state honors for the third time. She was a second-team selection in 2009 and made the third team last year. She finished her senior season with a .418 batting average, four home runs and 22 RBIs.
Zeimet was a .325 hitter with two homers and 19 RBIs. Medinger had a .395 average with four home runs and 33 RBIs while posting a 13-17 record and 2.06 ERA as a pitcher. Green batted .341, had three homers, drove in 10 runs and stole nine bases.
Clinton High sophomore Keirstyn Davis was named honorable mention in 4A for the second year in a row after leading the River Queens with a .529 batting average, hitting 11 doubles and four triples, and driving in 18 runs.
Ten other players also earned honorable-mention honors: Preston senior outfielder Nicole Trenkamp and freshman shortstop Lizzie Meier, Bellevue senior catcher Hope Walgamuth, Marquette sophomore outfielder Sarah Lampe and Calamus-Wheatland senior pitcher Karlee Rock and sophomore third baseman Abagale Pewe in Class 1A; Camanche senior pitcher Haley Pulse and Northeast juniors Carlie Dever and Brooke Puckett in 2A; and Maquoketa freshman Taylor Bickford in 3A.
Akron-Westfield swept the top honors in 1A, with Brandi Davis being named Pitcher of the Year, Sarah Parkinson the Player of the Year and Todd Colt the Coach of the Year.
Kaitlyn Caston of West Burlington was the Pitcher of the Year in 2A, while Iowa City Regina’s Julia Hunter was Player of the Year and Jon Prottsman was Coach of the Year.
Paige Lowary of Dallas Center-Grimes was Pitcher of the Year in 3A, while teammates Caitlin Wnek and Fran Strub of Clear Creek-Amana shared Player of the Year honors. Their coach, Jim White, earned Coach of the Year honors.
The 4A honors went to Des Moines East’s Riley Fisher (Pitcher of the Year) and Bob Ligouri (Coach of the Year), while Waterloo West’s Jadyn Spencer and Ankeny’s Aly Cappaert shared Player of the Year honors.