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Dodgers load CIML Iowa squads

July 26, 2012

Individual success on the diamond has resulted in all-CIML Iowa Conference accolades for eight Fort Dodge softball players.

Senior Emily Grell (1B) and sophomore Lexi Astor (OF) were each named to the first team for the Dodgers, while freshman Mallory Kilian (INF) was tabbed to the second squad.

In addition, sophomore Maddie Egli, senior Haley Rustvold, junior Taylor Messerly, senior Chelsy Krantz and freshman Lani Van Zyl each garnered honorable mention status.

Grell, a repeat first-team selection, paced the Dodgers in RBI (39), while batting .431 with 47 hits and 17 runs. Defensively, she made just one error in 261 chances (.996 fielding percentage).

Astor, a center fielder, also managed a .431 average and led FDSH in hits (53), stolen bases (28) and runs scored (28).

"Both (Grell and Astor) hit over .400 for the whole season in arguably the toughest conference in the state," Fort Dodge head coach Andi Adams said. "I was very proud of those two for being extremely consistent throughout the year. They were very deserving of their honors."

Kilian, a third baseman, batted .364 with 44 hits, 19 RBI and 11 doubles. Kilian was also the ace in the circle for the Dodgers, compiling a 12-10 record and a 1.63 ERA in 133 innings of work.

"Mallory is one of the better fielding pitchers around and had one of our top batting averages this season," said Adams. "For only being a freshman (in the CIML Iowa Conference), she did a really nice job for us."

Egli (.313 BA, 30 H, 25 RBI, 17 R), Rustvold (.316 BA, 30 H, 13 R), Messerly (.291 BA, 34 H, 24 RBI, 11 2B), Krantz (.339 BA, 20 H, 17 R) and Van Zyl (.287 BA, 31 H, 24 R, 12 SB) were all key performers as well for the Dodgers. Krantz was picked to the second squad in 2011.

"I was really happy to see those five get the recognition as well for the time they put in," Adams said. "We're losing an incredible trio of seniors and wonderful people, who will look to continue their legacy at the college level."

Fort Dodge posted a 20-21 overall mark and finished 7-13 in the league. The Dodgers were eliminated from postseason play in a tight 1-0 Class 5A, Region 1 final setback to eventual state champion Ankeny.

"Even though our record wasn't pretty, our schedule definitely prepared us for the postseason," said Adams. "That Ankeny game was one of the best games I've ever been involved with. Our kids fought hard, gave it their all and will never forget it."

Five members of league champion Waukee were represented on the top squad, including three unanimous choices. Waukee's Carrie Embree was also voted as Coach of the Year.



First Team - *Kylie Mickelson, jr., P, Waukee; *Callie Brown, jr., P, Valley; Taylor Wagner, jr., C, Marshalltown; Emily Grell, sr., 1B, Fort Dodge; Miranda McCay, sr., 1B, Waukee; *Ally Swartz, sr., INF, Valley; *Callie Feaker, jr., INF, Waukee; Kate Crow, so., INF, Ames; Brooke O'Holleran, so., INF, Valley; *Laney Abrahamson, sr., OF, Valley; *Abby Krantz, jr., OF, Waukee; Lexi Astor, so., OF, Fort Dodge; Morgan Hoeg, sr., UT, Waukee.

*denotes unanimous selections

Seond Team - Kate Menz, 8th grade, P, Waukee; Rachel Bakey, so., P, Valley; Lexy Pederson, so., P, Mason City; Tori Haag, sr., C, Waukee; Kate Taylor, sr., 1B, Valley; Kendra Tott, sr., 1B, Ames; Annika Angell, so., IF, Mason City; Mallory Kilian, fr., IF, Fort Dodge; Madi Bellile, jr., INF, Marshalltown; Mac Jones, fr., OF, Valley; Shaye Witte, 8th grade, OF, Waukee; Brittani Sanchez, jr., OF, Mason City; Laura Milligan, jr., UT, Valley.

Honorable Mention - Fort Dodge: Maddie Egli, so.; Haley Rustvold, sr.; Taylor Messerly, jr.; Chelsy Krantz, sr.; Lani Van Zyl, fr.

Coach of the Year - Carrie Embree, Waukee.



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