HEIDI WALTERS

Traverse City Central’s Heidi Walters. Walters is the baseball Player of the Year. The complete softball team is on Page 4B.

DREAM TEAM

Heidi Walters, TC Central, Jr., C (Player of the Year) — Monstrous season included leading all area players in home runs (14) and RBIs (71), as well as being top-10 in hits (63), runs (50), slugging (1.008) and OPS (1.585); batted .521 with 13 doubles and stole 23 bases after transferring from St. Francis to Central.

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Walters

Brittany Steimel, TC West, So., P — One of the best all-around players in the area, she was slowed by injuries this season, but still put up a .441 batting average, five home runs (ninth among area players), 30 RBIs, 23 runs and a big 1.266 OPS. Also struck out 117 in 110.1 innings as a pitcher and earned 10 wins.

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Steimel

Hannah Solomon, Charlevoix, Sr., SS — The Rayders’ dynamo led all area players in stolen bases (75 — by 30!) and hits (65), while coming in second in batting average (.644) and on-base percentage (.700), third in runs (59) and seventh in OPS (1.502). She had nine doubles, two triples and a home run. Committed to Alma College.

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Solomon

Natalie Bigley, Frankfort, Sr., P — Calvin College commit tied Walters for the area lead in home runs with 14, was fourth in runs at 57 and also stood out as a pitcher, coming in second in innings (158.1), strikeouts (237) and fourth in WHIP (1.194). Posted 23 wins and a 3.14 ERA, along with three triple and a .402 batting average.

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Bigley

Kaitlyn Schaub, Glen Lake, Sr., P — Ended up in the top 10 among area players in eight different categories, earning first-team all-state in Division 4. The Lakers slugger was fourth among all area players in hits (60), home runs (8) and RBIs (49), sixth in both slugging percentage (.925) and OPS (1.533), seventh in doubles (14) and eighth in hitting (.566). Set Glen Lake’s career records for doubles and RBIs.

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Schaub

Olivia Fiebing, TC Central, Jr., P/IF — Lucky sevens for this Trojan standout. As a junior, Fiebing finished seventh among area players in hits (52), triples (6), runs (53) and WHIP (1.301). She hit .468 for the season with 29 RBIs, 24 steals, 9 doubles and 3 home runs. Posted 10 wins, a 3.30 ERA and 107 strikeouts as a pitcher.

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Fiebing

Maci Kunkel, Benzie Central, Sr., P — Stat-packed Huskies leader had a huge season, driving in 44 runs (6th in the area) to go along with a .544 batting average (12th), 1.465 OPS, 10 doubles, 5 triples, 3 homers and 14 steals. Just as effective as a pitcher, where she amassed 138.1 innings, 15 wins, 158 strikeouts and a 2.91 ERA.

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Kunkel

Erin Vander Weele, Manistee, Jr., SS — Didn’t put up huge run (27) or RBI (13) totals, but more than made up for it in about everything else. The first-team all-Lakes 8 pick led all area softball players in batting average (.667), on-base percentage (.712) and was second in slugging percentage (1.157) and OPS (1.869). Had 10 doubles, three triples and three home runs, only striking out once all season.

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Vander Weele

Haley Myers, Frankfort, Jr., SS — Myers continued her power streak as a junior, walloping seven round-trippers (sixth in the area) to go along with 14 doubles (7th), a triple, 58 hits (5th), a .888 slugging percentage (9th), .542 batting average (13th) and 1.455 OPS (10th). She earned first-team all-state honors in Division 4.

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Myers

Aurora Sears, Petoskey, Jr., P — Somehow overlooked for the Big North Conference’s first team (she got 2nd team), Sears lit up the Big North Conference for 15 doubles (6th among area players), a .398 average, 30 RBIs, 38 runs and big pitchers to boot. She threw in every game but one for the Northmen, amassing an area-high 164 innings and 242 strikeouts, along with a 2.22 ERA and 1.293 WHIP.

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Sears

Lark Jankewicz, Kingsley, Jr., SS — Led all northwest Lower Michigan players with 21 doubles, and was in the top 10 in hits (64), RBIs (43) and runs (45). Batted .542 (14th) and put up a 1.325 OPS to earn first-team all-Northwest Conference honors.

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Jankewicz

Katelyn Gabos, Boyne City, Jr., SS — Big-time power by the Ramblers shortstop. She hit nine home runs this season, third among all area players. She also drove in 29 runs, scored 35 and batted .413 to earn first-team all-Lake Michigan Conference, on top of a .925 fielding percentage at short.

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Gabos

Grace Boden, Johannesburg-Lewiston, Sr., SS — She powered Joburg’s offense to the tune of four home runs, seven triples (5th), 15 doubles (6th), 40 runs, a .490 batting average, .908 slugging percentage and 1.408 OPS to draw first-team all-Ski Valley Conference honors.

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Boden

Summer Sullivan, Gaylord St. Mary, Jr., P — She kept the Snowbirds in games most of the season, both with her arm and bat. Hit .566 (7th among area players) to go with a .906 slugging percentage and 1.499 OPS, both of which were eighth. She had 8 doubles, two triples and a pair of homers. On the mound, she struck out 127 (9th) in 91 innings with a 2.33 ERA (10th) and 1.099 WHIP (3rd).

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Sullivan

Summer Robbins, Mancelona, Sr., P — The Ironmen definitely missed Robbins when she missed some games because of injuries. The first-team all-Ski Valley pick hit .455 with 7 doubles, two triples and two round-trippers, driving in 24 runs and scoring 22 more. All of that came in only 18 games. She struck out 60 batters in 57 innings with a 2.05 ERA and 0.947 WHIP that led all area pitchers.

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Robbins

Angela Iott, Kalkaska, Sr., 1B — Consistently standout player over the years finished out her Blazers career with 14 two-baggers, which were 7th among all area players. She also hit a triple and home run, drove in 28 runs and scored 41 while hitting .480 and walking 14 times.

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Iott

Reagan Middleton, Glen Lake, Jr., 1B/P — Schaub, Middleton and Ariana Heath may have been the best 1-2-3 power punch in northern Michigan, as the three accounted for 48 doubles and 59 extra-base hits. Middleton racked up 16 doubles herself (3rd in the area), hitting .462 with 35 RBIs and a 1.115 OPS. Also struck out 90 in 83.2 innings with a 2.59 ERA and 1.434 WHIP (10th-best in the area).

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Middleton

Kaci Sowers, TC West, Fr., 3B — Became an immediate factor for the Titans in her first year, smacking six home runs (7th among area players) with 29 RBIs and 27 runs, all while playing shortstop. She hit .337 and had a 1.022 OPS. She also posted a 2.29 ERA in 18.1 innings on the mound.

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Sowers

Laura Hursey, Suttons Bay, Jr., SS — Hit .522 and stole 36 bases this year (4th among area players) to earn first-team all-Northwest Conference honors. She added 48 hits, 5 doubles, two triples, 18 RBIs and 38 runs and put up a 1.174 OPS.

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Hursey

Abby Nachazel, Ellsworth, Sr., 1B — Part of a potent Ellsworth team that averaged 9 runs a game this season. Cornerstone signee hit .622 with an area-leading 1.891 OPS and 1.216 slugging percentage. Played in just 14 games because of injury, but made those contests count to the tune of 12 extra-base hits (5 doubles, four triple, three homers), 23 RBIs, 16 runs and 8 steals. Didn’t strike out at all.

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Nachazel

SECOND TEAM

Mackenzie Hoogerhyde, Bellaire, So., 1B — One of the region’s top power hitters, Hoogerhyde blasted seven home runs (6th in the area) and added 40 RBIs (9th) to go along with a .481 average and 1.420 OPS.

Maggee Behling, Boyne City, So., 3B — Scored 56 runs this season (fifth int he area) and had 51 hits (10th), batting .464. Hit a home run and drove in 20, stealing 21 bases along the way.

Kaiya Willson, Central Lake, Jr., P/1B — Posted excellent pitching numbers, with a 2.04 earned-run average (third among area pitchers), 133 strikeouts (eighth) and 127 innings pitched. Also batted .422 with 13 doubles, 17 extra-base hits, 26 RBIs, 25 runs and a 1.153 OPS.

Zoe Brodin, Charlevoix, Jr., 3B — Second in RBIs in the area behind Walters with 65, Brodin hit .533 with 57 hits, 13 doubles, 2 triples and a pair of homers. Scored 44 runs and stole 16 bases.

Bahley Glynn, Ellsworth, Jr., C — Put up a monster season, especially considering she played in only 16 games. Batted .561 (ninth in the area) with a .690 on-base percentage (3rd), 1.073 slugging percentage (3rd) and 1.783 OPS (3rd), 28 steals (9th) and six triples (7th). Scored 30 runs and had 13 extra-base hits out of 23.

Sam Montgomery, Ellsworth, Sr., 2B — Stole 45 bases this season, second only to Solomon among area players, as well as batting .559 (10th) and putting up a .639 on-base percentage (8th). Scored 29 runs with 5 doubles, 4 triples and 20 RBIs.

Jessalyn Marlatt, Johannesburg-Lewiston, Jr., P — Posted the area’s best ERA at 1.79 and second-best WHIP (1.01), striking out 116 batters in 98 innings. Also more than capable as a hitter, batting .367 with 24 RBIs and a .923 OPS.

Karly Roelofs, Kingsley, Fr., P/SS — First-team all-Northwest pick as a freshman, Roelofs posted a 2.32 ERA (ninth in area), 1.41 WHIP (9th) and 164 strikeouts (5th) in 111.1 innings. Contributed 26 RBIs, 33 runs, 42 hits and 13 steals offensively.

Emma Witkowski, Manistee, Jr., P — First-team all-Lakes 8 pick was seventh among area pitchers with 137 strikeouts in 126.1 frames, she also drove in 28 runs, batted .422 and had 11 doubles and 10 steals.

Shelby Bundy, Manton, Fr., P — Stepped right into the circle as a freshman and delivered with a 1.92 ERA (2nd among area players) and 1.358 WHIP. She also scored 37 runs, drove in 22, walked 19 times and swiped 14 bases.

Addison Letts, Manton, Jr., 3B/P — belted 14 two-baggers (7th in the area), hit three triples, drove in 33 runs and scored 36 with a .398 batting average. Struck out 81 in 82 innings with a 3.50 ERA.

Grace Quiggan, Mesick, So., P — First-team all-West Michigan D pick scored 55 runs (6th) with 16 doubles (3rd), six triples (7th) and three home runs, driving in 39 runs. Struck out 124 batters in 131 innings.

McKensey Kendall, Mesick, Jr., SS — Led all area players with 77 runs scored and was second with nine triples. Batted .397 with 8 doubles, 34 RBIs, 20 steals and a 1.062 OPS.

Sophie Wisniski, Onekama, Fr., P — First-team all-Northwest pick as a freshman struck out 172 in 123.1 innings and added a .471 batting average, eight extra-base hits, 22 RBIs, 26 runs and 18 steals.

Lily Briggs, TC Central, Jr., OF — Speedy outfielder finished in the top 10 in hits (52), with 40 runs and 15 steals, batting .460 with a .531 on-base percentage and .584 slugging percentage. Hit 10 doubles and two triples for the Trojans and earned first-team all-Big North.

Ally Pohlad, TC West, Sr., 2B — Cornerstone commit ended up in the top 10 area hitters in home runs with five, driving in 21 runs, scoring 22 and hitting six doubles to earn honorable mention all-Big North Conference status.

Ashlynn Coger, TC St. Francis, Sr., SS — The Gladiators’ leader hit .500 over the final half of the season and .459 as a whole. Added 34 hits (almost one-fifth of the team’s total), four doubles, a triple and a home run for St. Francis, posting a .487 on-base percentage.

Tacey Looze, TC West, Sr., SS — First-team all-Big North selection belted three home runs among 40 hits, scoring 34 runs and driving in 16. She led the Titans with 18 steals and hit .377.

Maddy Alger, TC Central, SS, Sr. — Battled through injuries to hit .385 with 45 runs (10th in the area) with six doubles, 45 hits, 26 RBIs and 14 stolen bases, drawing second-team all-Big North Conference honors.

Ariana Heath, Glen Lake, So., C — Led a power-packed Glen Lake lineup with 18 doubles, batting .393 a home run, 48 hits, 27 RBIs and 39 runs. Also stole 15 bases and wound up with a 1.002 OPS.

Sydney Broderick, GT Academy, Jr., P/1B — Seventh in slugging percentage among area players at .640, Broderick hit .487 with 37 hits, 6 doubles, 4 triples and a home run, striking out only five times all season. Scored 31 runs and drove in 13, stealing 18 bases.

Kayla Cavanaugh, Kalkaska, Sr., 2B — Slick-fielding second baseman belted 14 doubles this season (seventh among area players), adding in 44 hits, a triple, 32 RBIs, 44 runs and 14 steals. She walked 11 times this year for a .452 on-base percentage.

Jenna Sumner, Lake Leelanau St. Mary, Sr., SS — Third-leading batting average among all area players at .625, she missed 11 game with injuries. Signed with Mid-Michigan College. Rung up 2 doubles, 5 triples and 3 home runs for the Eagles.

Megan Cordes, Brethren, Jr., C — Bobcats backstop put up big numbers in on-base percentage (.638), slugging percentage (.947) and OPS (1.586), all of which ranked in the area’s top 10. Hit .553 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 26 RBIs and 23 runs in only 14 games.

Sabrina Juntilla, Grayling, Sr., SS — First-team all-Lake Michigan pick hit .528 with season with 47 hits, 21 RBIs and 36 runs. She set school single-season records for batting average and hits.

Shanna-Mae Fisk, Mesick, Sr. C/DH — Third-leading RBI generator in the area drove in 52 runs this season to go along with a .424 batting average, seven doubles, two triples and two home runs. Walked 19 times for a .514 on-base percentage.

Mattie Akom, Mesick, Fr., C/OF — Split time behind the plate with Fisk and ended up as one of the area’s top run producers as a freshman, driving in 44 runs (6th) and scoring 49 (9th). Hit .416 with 11 doubles, two triples and two home runs. Stole 12 bases and struck out only 5 times in 114 plate appearances.

Jenna Schwartz, Grayling, Jr., C — Part of a potent twin sister duo for the Vikings, along with her sibling Jordyn (.518, 12 doubles, 30 RBIs, 37 runs), Jenna batted .523 with an area-high 12 triples in addition to 6 home runs. She’s already the Vikings’ career leading in triples (13) and homers (12), with one season to go.

HONORABLE MENTION

Abby Cross, Bear Lake; Hayley May, Bear Lake; Shaely Waller, Bear Lake; Alyssa Eisenlohr, Bear Lake; Delaney Goodwin, Bellaire; Emily Barron, Benzie Central; Jenae Bevis, Benzie Central; Josee Behling, Boyne City; Logan Rager, Boyne City; Brooklyn Fitzpatrick, Boyne City; Sophia Morais, Boyne City; Madison Rosenow, Boyne City; Jordin Gellis, Boyne Falls; Sydney Bess, Boyne Falls; Halle Richardson, Brethren; Kaia Richardson, Brethren; Meggan Macurio, Brethren; Melodee Eastman, Cadillac; Autumn Fosmore, Cadillac; Alana Hoffert, Cadillac; Ashlyn Lundquist, Cadillac; Angel Shaw, Central Lake; Kate Klinger, Charlevoix; Avery Zipp, Charlevoix; Grace Lentz, Charlevoix; Madelyn Sandison, Charlevoix; Katelyn Crawford, East Jordan; Madeline Malpass, East Jordan; Ellie Skrocki, East Jordan; Abby Platt, Elk Rapids; Mackenzie Essenberg, Ellsworth; Desi Vanderslik, Ellsworth; Caitlyn Liebengood, Forest Area; Katie Beeman, Frankfort; Bre Dawe, Frankfort; Maggie Kelly, Frankfort; Savanna Gapinski, Gaylord; Miranda Troy, Gaylord; Grace Blust, Gaylord St. Mary; Emilee Bellant, Glen Lake; Ema Ferguson, GT Academy; Abbey Brower, GT Academy; Jordyn Schwartz, Grayling; Jamie Burke, Joburg-Lewiston; Ayla Gustafson, Kalkaska; Loren Schwab, Kalkaska; Jordyn Disbrow, Kalkaska; Sam Michelin, Kalkaska; Lexie Coxon, Kingsley; Adriana Reed, Kingsley; Ally Goedecke, Kingsley; Leslie Hamilton, Kingsley; Shannon Popp, Lake Leelanau St. Mary; Alexandra Kirt, Lake Leelanau St. Mary; Olivia Schaub, Lake Leelanau St. Mary; Elizabeth Nichols, Mancelona; Cora Jenkins, Mancelona; Ashley Walle, Manistee; Shelby Bundy, Manton; Ashley Parker, Manton; Ellie Magnan, Onekama; Katie Buerkel, Petoskey; Anna Phillips, Petoskey; Sophia Anderson, Suttons Bay; Aubrey Haddix, TC Central; McKenzie Hurley, TC Central; Lexi Hamstra, TC Central; Taylor Sears, TC Central; Ally Wood, TC St. Francis; Alexis Ochab, TC St. Francis; Chloe Miller, TC West; Darcy Daenzer, TC West.