This year’s Republic-Times All-Local Softball Team is dominated by Columbia Eagles, who had a dominating season. There are also plenty of Dupo Tigers on the list, as they also had an impressive season.
Here’s the 2014 team:
Brianna Weilbacher (Columbia) – Weilbacher was a no-brainer for the top of this list. The soon-to-be Iowa State Cyclone ranked at or near the top of many statistical categories both on offense and in pitching. Weilbacher had a 29-2 record on the mound with a 0.57 ERA and 291 strikeouts. She also hit .505 with 15 home runs and 51 RBI.
Lauren Prader (Gibault) – Prader was nearly impossible to get out this spring, hitting .529 with 8 home runs and 7 triples to lead the Hawks.
Rachel Donald (Dupo) – Donald led the Tigers offense her senior year with a .522 average, 6 home runs, 21 doubles and 53 RBI.
Taryn Pena (Columbia) – Pena was a top catcher in the area this spring, hitting .477 with 4 home runs, 42 RBI and 46 runs scored.
Megan Brown (Dupo) – The sophomore-to-be provides hope for Dupo’s softball future. Brown was 28-5 on the mound with a 1.12 ERA and 279 strikeouts as a freshman, and also hit .482 with 35 RBI at the plate.
Kasey Bradley (Waterloo) – Bradley kept the Bulldogs in most every game this spring, posting an 18-9 record and 1.85 ERA with 189 strikeouts. She also hit .417.
Kaylee Bastien (Columbia) – A shortstop, Bastien hit .508 with 49 runs, 21 doubles and 5 stolen bases for the Eagles.
Noelle Davis (Gibault) – Davis had a strong spring campaign for the Hawks, hitting .457 with 8 home runs, 29 RBI and 33 runs scored.
Paige Bangle (Valmeyer) – Bangle closed out her high school career with a bang, hitting .453 with 24 RBI and 6 stolen bases for the Pirates.
Kylie Albrecht (Waterloo) – Albrecht hit .383 for the Bulldogs with 33 runs scored, 22 RBI, 9 stolen bases and 5 triples.
Rachel Garcia (Columbia) – Another hot-hitting Eagle, Garcia hit .469 with 31 runs scored, 44 RBI and 8 home runs.
Caitlyn Touchette (Columbia) – Touchette provided the Eagles yet another power threat this spring, hitting 11 home runs with 46 RBI and 41 runs scored. She hit .434.
Kalli Farmer (Columbia) – Farmer hit .441 with 51 runs scored and 10 sacrifices this spring for the Eagles.
Alyssa Strubberg (Dupo) – Strubberg ranked among area leaders in stolen bases this spring with 30. She also hit .369 with 40 runs scored for the Tigers.
Madison Kruse (Waterloo) – Kruse hit an impressive .364 for the Bulldogs with 21 runs scored and 16 RBI.
Paige Wriston (Gibault), Amber Mobbs (Dupo), Taylor Yearian (Waterloo), Caitlyn Brizzi (Dupo), Courtney Weilbacher (Columbia), Kaitlyn Storm (Waterloo), Hannah Knese (Gibault), Kelly Metter (Columbia), Samantha Sensel (Valmeyer), Elizabeth Chism (Valmeyer)