Resorters’ Schubert BEC Player of Year

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

CLAIRE FELDMANN CLAIRE FELDMANN Junior shortstop Sonia Schubert of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah was voted the Big East Conference’s Player of the Year by the league coaches for the 2016 softball season.

Schubert, a unanimous firstteam selection, led the BEC in runs scored with 41 and stolen bases, 23. The Resorters’ leadoff batter tied for second in home runs with six, ranked fourth in batting with a scorching .551 average and tied for fifth in RBIs with 25.

She had an impressive .607 onbase percentage and .938 slugging average. Schubert belted five doubles and four triples.

“She is a true spark plug for any team that she plays for. Sophia was a part of a double-play combination with Emma [Feldmann, second baseman] that I think was the strongest in the area,” said Resorter head coach Brian Feldmann.

“Sonia as a captain was that team leader every coach wants. Just a great kid.”

ARYKA KLEMME ARYKA KLEMME The Resorters, who finished third in the BEC with a 16-4 record, have two other first-team picks in junior center fielder Claire Feldmann and sophomore catcher Aryka Klemme.

Elkhart’s other All-BEC players are Emma Feldmann and junior pitcher Holly Zorn on the second team.

The Howards Grove Tigers have two all-conference selections – junior shortstop Taylor Bubolz on the second unit and junior catcher Sarah Gardner on honorable mention.

Claire Feldmann hit .468 with 24 RBIs and 27 runs in league play. She cracked seven doubles and nine triples, and had an excellent .506 on-base average and .792 slugging percentage.

“Claire anchored down a strong outfield and was a great No. 2 hitter with Sophia in front of her,” said coach Feldmann.

“She was also a captain and a team leader.”

Klemme hit .452 with 24 RBIs, 13 runs and 10 doubles. She had an excellent .500 on-base percentage to go with a .589 slugging average.

SONIA SCHUBERT SONIA SCHUBERT “First-team catcher is very hard to accomplish. The pool for this award was filled with great kids,” said the coach.

“She batted in the No. 5 spot for me – knowing she would make contact and put the ball in play. Defensively, she improved every game. I’m looking for great things from her next year.”

Zorn had an 11-3 record with a fine 2.78 ERA. She fanned 57 batters and allowed 92 hits in 103-1/3 innings.

“Holly wouldn’t overpower you but had off-speed and liked hitting the inside corner to keep it on the hands of the hitters,” said the coach.

“She was also a captain, a great team leader and a good role model for my younger pitchers.”

Emma Feldmann batted .377, had 11 RBIs and scored 28 runs. She had an excellent .513 on-base average.

“Emma hit in the No. 3 spot and would do anything to get on base. Emma was also one of my captains and a leader. She will be missed,” said coach Feldmann.

Bubolz batted .417 with 11 RBIs and 18 runs in BEC play. She ripped nine doubles and three triples, stole 10 bases and had an impressive .527 on-base percentage, plus a .667 slugging average.

“Taylor was a strong presence leading our young team. Taylor really picked up her game the last few weeks of the season – hitting for average and power,” said Tiger head coach Tom Heier.

“Taylor was the leading hitter on our team and tied our assistsfor a-season record [59] – sharing it with herself from last year. I fully expect Taylor to lead this team and be first team [All-BEC] next year as a senior.”

Gardner sported a .366 batting average with 16 RBIs, 15 runs and five doubles.

“Sarah really developed as a catcher this season, having only attempted the position in two games the previous season. Sarah lead the league in throw-outs by a catcher with 23 throw-outs and pickoffs. Sarah hit very well,” said Heier.

The other unanimous first-team players include junior pitcher Alyssa Ahumada of Mishicot, junior catcher Alexyss Schmidt of Reedsville and senior shortstop Emma Schimberg of BEC champion Random Lake.

Ahumada led BEC pitchers in strikeouts with 130 in 111-2/3 innings and had a 1.88 ERA.

Senior shortstop Lindsay Albrecht of Manitowoc Lutheran led the league in RBIs with 37. Schmidt ranked No. 1 in batting with an outstanding .608 average and homers with seven.

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