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Norse lead way in All-TRC softball awards

THROW: Northfield’s Ally Keaffaber makes a throw to first during the Norse’s game against Manchester this season.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

The Northfield softball team led all Wabash County teams with Three Rivers Conference (TRC) All-Conference selections this spring.

Addi Baker, Ally Keaffaber, Michelle Hunt and Kiana Kendall all represent the Norse on the All-TRC team. Manchester, who finished with the best record of Wabash County teams both in conference and non-conference play, had three players on the team while Southwood placed one.

The Squires saw Mattie McKee, Emma West and Carsyn Howard earn All-TRC honors. For Southwood, MaKenna Pace was named to the All-Conference squad.

McKee was one of five pitchers to be named All-Conference along with Peru’s Betheny Caldwell, Rochester’s Ady Harsh, North Miami’s Ashley Lackman and Whitko’s Ellie Snep.

On the season, McKee tossed 107.1 innings while sporting a 2.35 ERA on the season. McKee struck out 98, walked 38 and finished with an 11-5 record.

Both Northfield’s Baker and Keaffaber and Manchester’s West earned spots as infielders along with six others in the conference. Shelby Spence of Maconaquah, Maci Brown and Kennedy Musselman of Rochester, Hannah Hall and Maryann Freeman of North Miami and Augusta Garr of Whitko were named to the All-TRC team.

West finished with a .388 batting average with 31 hits and 26 runs, the latter the highest mark on the team. Baker led Northfield in batting with a .455 average as a freshman, spraying 25 hits on the year with 11 of those going for extra bases. Baker’s .800 slugging percentage and .523 on-base percentage both were team-high marks.

Keaffaber finished third on the team in hitting with a .426 average, scoring a team-high 19 runs with a team-high 26 runs and a team-high 21 RBIs.

In the outfield, Howard and Hunt each took a spot took one of the seven total spots with Shianna Bradley of Whitko, Taylor Tinney of North Miami, Kori Rouch and Carly Beehler of Rochester and Lexi Dibattiste of Maconaquah.

Howard hit just .208 in her first year on the Squires with 15 hits, 11 runs and 11 RBIs. The junior was the best defensive player for Manchester on the year, though, committing just one error in 31 chances with three double plays.

Hunt, meanwhile, hit .222 on the year with 11 runs and 12 hits while holding a .839 fielding percentage with three outfield assists.

Pace and Kendall each earned spots as the two Extra Players on the All-TRC team. Kendall hit .431 on the year for Northfield with 16 runs and 25 hits. Kendall also sported a .484 on-base percentage and made just one error in 51 chances behind the plate.

Pace, meanwhile, finished the season with a gaudy .547 batting average, leading Southwood in runs (30), hits (41) and RBIs (24) on the year. Pace also slugged 14 extra-base hits for a .866 slugging percentage.

Earning Honorable Mentions from Wabash County were Wabash’s Tabby Wagner, Northfield’s Kenzie Baer, Southwood’s Kassity Simpson and Manchester’s Kiera Stacy. Rounding out the Honorable Mentions were Maconaquah’s Carra Wolf, Rochester’s Alexis Elliott, North Miami’s Marlie Halterman, Tippecanoe Valley’s Kirstyn Yoder, Whitko’s Anna Ousley and Peru’s Maegan Sinkovics.