By Jake Thompson
— With such a successful season by many county teams, it should come as no surprise the all-county softball team was a large one. Tri-West won a state title, Plainfield advanced to semistate, Cascade made it to regionals, and Avon and Bethesda played in sectional final games, showcasing the area’s talent for the state to see.
Tri-West finished 25-4 and collected the first state softball title in school history and leads the list with five all-county selections, each hitting above .450 on a team that averaged more than 10 runs a game.
Senior catcher Taylor Heath hit .576 with 25 RBI to lead the Bruins in batting average, but sophomore Lizzie Meyer was right on her heels with a .519 average and 29 RBI to go along with 15 stolen bases. Third baseman Claire Johnson, a sophomore, returns to the all-county team, hitting .471 and recording an astounding 47 RBI with nine doubles and seven triples. Senior shortstop Kaitlyn Settlemoir hit .453 with 23 RBI and tallied 17 stolen bases while fellow senior Alyssa Clark hit .455 with an impressive 35 RBI, recording 18 doubles and six stolen bases.
Cascade (24-2) advanced to the regional round before falling to eventual Class 2A state champion, Indianapolis Scecina. It marks the second time in consecutive seasons the Cadets were bounced from the tournament by the eventual state champion.
Cascade’s all-everything Brandyce Salle wrapped up her prep career before heading to Butler with a very impressive year. Sallee, a three-time all-county selection, hit .634 on the year with 43 RBI and 14 doubles and 11 homeruns while handling duties behind the plate where she tallied a 100 percent fielding average. Junior pitcher Kate Breedlove ended with a 14-1 record from the mound while hitting .387 from the plate with 20 RBI. Junior pitcher Kellie Mink was undefeated on the mound (10-0) while batting .535 with 29 RBI. Junior Morgan Burch hit .470 on the season with 33 RBI and eight doubles.
Plainfield’s season, and defense of the Class 4A state title, ended in the semistate round after a regional championship as the Quakers again got hot at the end of the year. The Quakers finished 18-11 with sectional and regional championships.
Senior catcher Maggie Stahl hit .435 with 17 RBI and scored 37 runs. Stahl’s synergy with senior pitcher Erin Laswell aided Plainfield’s postseason run as Laswell finished with a 14-5 record from the mound while hitting .307 with six homeruns and 22 RBI. Junior Mackenzie Reeder hit .429 with 28 RBI and scored 36 runs this season from her spot at third base, where she was a defensive force for the Quakers.
Avon finished up the year at 18-8 and advanced to the sectional final against Decatur Central. Senior four-year shortstop and defensive stalwart Sadie Foster hit .500, tallied 17 RBI with eight doubles and was named ICGSA third-team all-state. Junior catcher Mackenzie Johnston committed no defensive errors all year, hit .410 and tallied 18 RBI. Senior pitcher Lizzy Snodgrass finished 11-7 on the mound, hit .367 and had 29 RBI.
Bethesda (15-8) fell in the sectional final trying to defend its title from last season. Sophomore Kylie Minton makes her second appearance on the all-county squad as she got it done from both the mound and the plate. Minton hit .550 with 18 RBI and eight doubles while finishing 10-6 from the mound with one save.
Danville (8-16) fell in the opening round of sectional action to eventual state champion Tri-West. Junior outfielder Delaney Stephens makes her second consecutive appearance on the all-county list and led the Warriors with a .494 average and 18 RBI, both team highs.
Brownsburg (10-12-1) also fell in its sectional opener. Carlie Weaver got it done for the Bulldogs from the mound and her spot at first base all season long. Weaver finished with a team-high 5-3 record and hit .230 with six RBI.
Second-team: Avon’s Taylar Kelso and Hannah Reeser; Bethesda’s Jordan Benge and Sara Harrison; Brownsburg’s Lindsey Stahl and Kelsey Reinhardt; Cascade’s Sydney Stein and Breanna Sallee; Danville’s Kaitlyn Williamson and Hannah Kelly; Plainfield’s Kendyl Wheeler and Darien Garigus; Tri-West’s Marita VanDyke and Samme Miller.