Schubert, Feldmann repeat on All-BEC first team

Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

SARAH GARDNER SARAH GARDNER Shortstop Sonia Schubert and center fielder Claire Feldmann of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah were voted to the All-Big East Conference softball first team for the second straight season by the BEC coaches.

Schubert, a senior this past season, is a unanimous first-team pick. She will be playing college softball at UW-Stevens Point.

Feldmann and Schubert led the Resorters to third place in the BEC at 14-6 and a Division 5 sectional final.

The Howards Grove Tigers have one All-BEC selection in senior catcher Sarah Gardner who was honorable mention last year.

Elkhart’s other all-conference players include senior pitcher Holly Zorn and senior first baseman Raechel Grunewald on the second team and senior outfielder Mandy McLaughlin, honorable mention. Zorn was also on the second team in 2016.

The Tigers’ other All-BEC picks are freshman third baseman Zayla Mueller and freshman outfielder Evelynn Spaeth on the second unit and senior pitcher Paige Splittgerber and senior shortstop Taylor Bubolz, honorable mention. Bubolz was on the second team last year.

SONIA SCHUBERT SONIA SCHUBERT Schubert had an impressive overall season on offense. She batted .517 with four home runs, six triples, four doubles and 29 RBIs. Schubert scored 48 runs, stole 37 bases, had a .575 on-base average and an .888 slugging percentage. She was caught stealing only once.

“Sonia’s first-team selection was well-deserved with her work ethic, hustle, and leadership with the underclassmen. She worked hard on her weaknesses and improved throughout the year,” said Resorter head coach Brian Feldmann.

“She was a four-year starter for me and a two-year captain. She will be missed. She is a special athlete.”

Feldmann had an outstandby ing overall season. She hit .423 with one homer, one triple, five doubles and 26 RBIs. Feldmann scored 29 runs and had 16 stolen bases, a .538 on-base percentage and a .606 slugging average.

CLAIRE FELDMANN CLAIRE FELDMANN “Claire is another special athlete who played center field all four years for me. She also was a two-year captain.

“Claire was the rock in our outfield. She has speed and soft- ball smarts. She was a total team player.”

Gardner enjoyed a strong BEC season on offense and defense. She batted .329 with 19 RBIs, two doubles, two triples and 12 runs. Gardner committed only one error and had an impressive 17 assists.

“Sarah hit .354 for the year and had 15 baserunners caught stealing for a 34-percent throwout rate. She had the most baserunners thrown out in the state this year according to,” said Tiger head coach Tom Heier.

Zorn posted an 8-2 BEC record (10-3 overall) and had an excellent 2.38 ERA for the overall campaign.

Grunewald batted .350 with 17 RBIs, 20 runs and one double for the year.

McLaughlin hit. 356 with 10 RBIs, one double and 23 runs.

Splittgerber finished 11-6 with a 3.50 ERA in league action. She also batted .403 with 15 RBIs.

Mueller hit .353 in BEC play with five RBIs, five doubles and 18 runs.

Spaeth sported a .364 average with 14 RBIs and 17 runs.

Bubolz batted .268 with one home run, three doubles, 19 RBIs and 17 runs.

Junior pitcher Cathryn Hiller of BEC champion Random Lake (20-0 league record) was voted the BEC’s Player of the Year. Hiller, a unanimous first-team choice, led the league in ERA with an impressive 0.87. She recorded a BEC-high 128 strikeouts in only 89 innings.

Hiller and senior All-BEC first-team hurler Alyssa Ahumada of Mishicot shared the league lead in wins with 14 each. Splittgerber was third with 11.

The other first-team repeaters are Hiller, Ahumada and sophomore outfielder Kourtney LeRoy of Mishicot. The other unanimous first-team picks are LeRoy and Random Lake junior shortstop Taylar Miller.

Alicia Thone of St. Mary Catholic (Neenah) was the BEC batting champion with a red-hot .568 average. Miller led in RBIs with 38 and shared the lead in homers with Random Lake teammate Kaelynne Maxwell at four each.

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