Softball: Sauk Valley Media reveals its all-area team for the 2021 season
By Ty Reynolds
Riley Dittmar, Sterling sr. 2B – She hit .407, with a .485 on-base percentage and a .689 slugging percentage. Dittmar’s 32 runs scored were third in the area, and she also had 14 RBIs, 7 doubles, 3 triples (tied for the area lead) and 4 home runs. She was named third-team 3A All-State, and first-team all-Western Big 6.
Nicole Boelens, Polo sr. P – Her .521 batting average was third in the area, her .617 on-base percentage was second, and her .979 slugging percentage led the area; she scored 28 runs, drove in 18, and had 6 doubles, 2 triples and 4 home runs. Boelens also notched 5 wins in the circle, with a 5.16 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched. She was named third-team 1A All-State, and first-team all-NUIC South.
Amayia Hernandez, Sterling sr. SS – SVM’s Player of the Year hit .466, with a .520 on-base percentage and an .898 slugging percentage, third-best in the area. Hernandez’s 36 runs scored were second in the area, and she led the area with 40 RBIs and 11 home runs; she also had 3 doubles and a triple. She was named first-team 3A All-State, and first-team all-Western Big 6.
Aylah Jones, Erie-Prophetstown so. P – She hit .461, with a .518 on-base percentage and a .763 slugging percentage; she was fourth in the area with 30 runs scored, and she also had 14 RBIs, 9 doubles (tied for third-best in the area), 1 triple and 4 home runs. Jones’ 9 wins in the circle were third-best in the area, as were her 0.97 ERA and 138 strikeouts; her 79 2/3 innings pitched were the second-most. She was named third-team 2A All-State, and first-team all-Three Rivers East.
Bella Koertner, Oregon jr. UTIL – Her .612 batting average and .653 on-base percentage led the area, as did her 45 runs scored and 38 stolen bases; she also had 21 RBIs. Koertner was named second-team 2A All-State, and first-team all-Big Northern.
Liz Mois, Oregon so. C – She hit .446 with a .485 on-base percentage, and also scored 26 runs; her 6 home runs and 34 RBIs were both second-best in the area. Mois was named third-team 2A All-State, and first-team all-Big Northern.
Elizabeth Palumbo, Sterling jr. P – She hit .392, with a .434 on-base percentage and a .730 slugging percentage. She had 21 RBIs and 4 home runs, and her 9 doubles and two triples were both tied for second-best in the area. Palumbo’s 15 wins in the circle and 154 strikeouts were both second-best in the area, while her 2.02 ERA was fourth-best and her 131 1/3 innings pitched was tops in the Sauk Valley. She was named second-team 3A All-State, and second-team all-Western Big 6.
Ally Reed, Fulton sr. LF – She hit .465, with a .467 on-base percentage and a .907 slugging percentage, second-best in the area. Reed scored 13 runs and drove in 13 runs, and had 4 doubles and 5 home runs (tied for third-most in the area). She was named second-team all-Three Rivers West.
Mia Trampel, Oregon jr. P – Her 17 wins, 0.78 ERA and 221 strikeouts led the area, and she was named second-team 2A All-State and was an all-BIg Northern unanimous selection.
Ady Waldschmidt, Newman fr. P/SS – Her .554 batting average was second-best in the area, and her .569 slugging percentage was third-best. She had a .732 slugging percentage, while scoring 12 runs, driving in 19 runs, and ripping 10 doubles and a home run. Waldschmidt’s 0.95 ERA was second-best in the area, and her 101 strikeouts were fourth-best. She was named second-team 1A All-State, and second-team all-Three Rivers East.
Jordyn Bryant, Sterling sr. RF – She slugged .564 while scoring 17 runs, driving in 22 runs, and ripping 4 doubles and 5 home runs (tied for third-best in the area). Bryant was named honorable mention all-Western Big 6.
Karli Fischbach, Rock Falls sr. C/3B – She hit .383 with a .681 slugging percentage, while scoring 18 runs, driving in 13 runs, and smashing 5 doubles and 3 home runs. Fischbach was named second-team all-Big Northern.
Liz Fish, Fulton sr. P – She hit .432, with a .462 on-base percentage and a .784 slugging percentage (fifth-best in the area); she had 15 RBIs, 1 triple and 3 home runs. Fish also notched 3 wins in the circle, finishing with a 6.37 ERA in 37 1/3 innings pitched, striking out 36. She was named second-team all-Three Rivers West.
Brooke Howard, Rock Falls so. SS – She hit .411, with a .476 on-base percentage and a .593 slugging percentage, while also playing stellar defense at shortstop. Howard finished with 20 runs scored, 5 doubles and 2 triples. She was named second-team all-Big Northern.
Jaden Johnson, Erie-Prophetstown jr. OF/C – She hit .433, with a .553 on-base percentage (fourth-best in the area) and a .717 slugging percentage. Johnson also had 20 runs scored, 18 RBIs, 5 doubles, 3 triples (tied for the most in the area) and 2 home runs. She was named first-team all-Three Rivers East.
Gabby Jones, Amboy sr. – She hit .419, with a .526 on-base percentage and a .677 slugging percentage. Jones drove in 10 runs, and ripped 3 doubles, a triple and a home run. She was named first-team all-NUIC South.
Kierstyn Mays, Dixon so. P/3B – She hit .394, with a .452 on-base percentage and a .712 slugging percentage. Her 15 doubles led the area, and her 24 RBIs were third-best; she also scored 12 runs and hit 2 home runs. Mays pitched 50 1/3 innings, finishing with a 4.03 ERA and 45 strikeouts. She was named second-team all-Big Northern.
Brittney Mundell, AFC sr. C/CF – She hit .425, with a .521 on-base percentage and a .650 slugging percentage. Mundell scored 10 runs and had 10 RBIs, with 5 doubles and 2 triples. She was named first-team all-NUIC South.
Sam Tourtillott, Dixon jr. P/SS – She hit .371, with a .437 on-base percentage and a .677 slugging percentage; she scored 20 runs, drove in 14 runs, and had 3 doubles, 2 triples and 4 home runs. Tourtillott also won 5 games as a pitcher, amassing a 4.38 ERA; her 76 2/3 innings were the third-most in the area, and her 75 strikeouts were fifth-most. She was named first-team all-Big Northern.
Lena Trampel, Oregon jr. P/1B – She hit .375 with a .451 opn-base percentage, and also had 4 wins, 43 strikeouts and a 3.64 ERA in the circle. Trampel was named second-team all-Big Northern.
Amboy – Eden Lindenmeyer, Madelyn McLaughlin, Mallory Powers
AFC – Lyla Fike, Jessica Milligan
Bureau Valley – Bre Broers, Darla Kepner, Tyra Sayler