The Fort Dodge and St. Edmond softball teams each had representation on the Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-State teams, which were announced recently.
For the Dodgers, senior Emily Grell was a repeat Class 5A second-team selection, while sophomore Lexi Astor landed on the third squad.
Timmi Dencklau, a Gael senior, made the 2A third team.
Grell, who will attend Coe College this fall, hit .431 with 39 RBI and three homers for Fort Dodge, which advanced to the regional final. The Dodgers qualified for state last year, placing eighth. She also belted seven doubles and had a slugging percentage just under .600.
"She was very clutch in many situations,'' said Fort Dodge head coach Andi Adams. "Every time Lexi got on third, she was able to get her in, either by bunting or going opposite field.
"She worked tremendously hard in the offseason, hitting three to four times a week. She ended her high school career on a good note (on the All-State team)."
IOWA GIRLS COACHES ASSOCIATION ALL-STATE SOFTBALL
(Messenger-area players only)
Emily Grell, Fort Dodge, sr., IF.
Lexi Astor, Fort Dodge, soph., OF.
Kaitlyn Biere, Webster City, jr., P.
Samantha Kirby, Humboldt, jr., OF.
Faith Schmidt, Emmetsburg, sr., P; Timmi Dencklau, St. Edmond, sr., IF; Lexi Miller, Eagle Grove, jr., OF.
Jenna Falline, Newell-Fonda, sr., P.
Jessica Abrahamson, West Bend-Mallard, sr., C; Renne Maneman, Newell-Fonda, soph., IF.
Astor swiped 28 bases and batted .431, driving in 14 runs and scoring 28 times.
"She's so athletic,'' Adams said. "She didn't start the first week and a half, but with a couple of injuries she got the chance. It was just supposed to be a temporary fix, but she did a great job in centerfield.
"She was always in the Top-5 for stolen bases in Class 5A and was right behind Kenzie Alstott for single season stolen bases. It will be nice to see what she does in her last two years.''
Dencklau also helped lead her team to within one win of state, as the Gaels were ousted by Van Meter in a regional final. Along with hitting a walk-off homer over Humboldt, the senior went deep four other times this year. She also drove in 33, had 10 doubles and batted .380.
"Timmi has been a great cornerstone to our program for a long time, even before I came here,'' said St. Edmond head coach Paul Hunt. "She works hard everyday and the other girls look up to that.
"She may have been the best defensive player we've had. She had a great ability to pick up others players. We were fortunate enough to have her bat come up in key situations and she seemed to always deliver.''
In 4A, Webster City's Kaitlyn Biere was named to the 4A third team after going 17-9 with 186 strikeouts. Opponents hit just .173 off the junior, while she also batted .347 with 29 runs scored.
Samantha Kirby from Humboldt earned 3A second squad honors, as the junior outfielder belted five homers, drove in 31 runs and had a slugging percentage of .649.
Emmetsburg senior Faith Schmidt, who will attend Buena Vista University this year, was placed on the 2A third team after recording 322 strikeouts - sixth-best in the entire state. Schmidt also won 29 games and had an ERA of just 1.42.
Bishop Garrigan junior outfielder Lexi Miller was 28-for-28 on steals with a .411 average to her third team honors in 2A.
In 1A, Jenna Falline and Renne Maneman of Newell-Fonda were honored, with Falline garnering first team status and Maneman third team honors.
Falline, who is also heading to Coe, went 25-6 with a 1.23 ERA and 207 strikeouts, while also hitting six homers and driving in 48 runs. Maneman had 59 steals - fourth-most in the state - and scored 62 runs while hitting .411.
Jessica Abrahamson, a catcher from West Bend-Mallard, earned third team honors, as well. Abrahamson batted .542 with five homers and 38 RBI.