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R-T All-Local Softball Team

By on July 11, 2018 at 3:20 pm

Columbia’s Kaelyn Rheinecker went 20-2 with a 1.84 ERA this spring for the Eagles. (Corey Saathoff photo)

The local high school softball scene was dominated by Columbia and its amazing 32-2 season. 

This year’s Republic-Times All-Local Softball Team features several Eagles players, but there was plenty of talent on display from Waterloo, Valmeyer, Dupo and Gibault as well. 

Here’s a look at the 2018 R-T All-Local Softball Team.

FIRST TEAM
Keeler van Breusegen, Columbia. A 32-game hitting streak was a major highlight of van Breusegen’s sensational senior season. The Bradley University commit ranked second in the entire St. Louis area with 16 doubles, fourth with 18 stolen bases, and sixth with 45 runs. She hit .461 with a .496 on base percentage and 32 RBIs. She was named to the Illinois Coaches Association Class 3A All-State First Team.
Chelsy Pena, Columbia. A member of the ICA Class 3A All-State Second Team, Pena  tied for third in the St. Louis area with nine home runs, tied for fourth in RBIs with 46, and was fifth with 46 runs. The SEMO commit hit .458 with a .515 on base percentage and an .856 slugging percentage.
Chelsea Hooker, Valmeyer. This junior continued her amazing softball career for the Pirates with a .517 batting average, .582 on base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage this spring. All ranked near the top in the St. Louis area. She also hit 15 doubles.
Lexi Touchette, Columbia. Another member of the ICA Class 3A All-State Second Team, this junior tied for fourth in the area with eight home runs. She hit .464 with a .539 on base percentage, 14 doubles, 32 runs and 37 RBIs.
Taylor Downen, Waterloo. Another talented junior, Downen hit .431 with 11 doubles and 24 runs to lead the Bulldogs.
Jaynie Vanatta, Valmeyer. This senior capped off a successful softball career by hitting .474 with a .487 on base percentage and 21 runs scored.
Aryn Henke, Columbia. Just a sophomore, Henke bolstered an already potent Eagles offense by hitting .475 with a .552 on base percentage, 43 RBIs, 36 runs and 17 stolen bases.
Taylor Kaufmann, Waterloo. This Southwestern Illinois College commit completed a solid career for the Bulldogs by leading the team in home runs with seven. She hit .337 with a .663 slugging percentage and 33 RBIs.
Kaelyn Rheinecker, Columbia. The pitching numbers for this junior were outstanding. She posted a 20-2 record with a 1.84 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 144.3 innings.
Calli Wibbenmeyer, Columbia. This Rockhurst University commit tied for third in the St. Louis area in home runs this spring with nine. She hit .402 with a .496 on base percentage, 39 RBIs and 39 runs. Wibbenmeyer, who made the ICA Class 3A All-State Third Team, finished her varsity career with 160 total hits. 

Read the rest of this article in the July 11, 2018, issue of the Republic-Times newspaper.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.