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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 21, 2018

Demons coach leads All-GTNS large school softball picks

Obermann, Brinning, Mitchell, Sparks, Wilson, Dallmeyer selected
Aug 02, 2018
Ben Obermann

By Doug Brenneman, JOURNAL Sports

 

The Golden Triangle News Service has released its selections for its large school softball team.

The team is chosen from among Fairfield, Mount Pleasant and Washington varsities.

Washington’s Ben Obermann is the selection for coach. Five other Demons were selected to the team of 14 players.

Obermann led Washington to a shared Southeast Conference title this season.

The Demons finished with a 10-6 record in the league. Obermann guided the Demons to 11 wins in their last 15 games. Obermann’s tutelage helped the Demons to a league-high 132 walks and a league-low 109 strikeouts. The Demons also led in sacrifices and on-base percentage. The Demons batted .319 as a team.

It was the first title for Obermann in his third year at the helm. It was the Demons’ first title since 2013.

The GTNS team captain is Chi Glaha, a senior at Mt. Pleasant. It’s hard to find a more perfect leadoff hitter than Glaha. The lone Panther senior finished her exceptional career in style despite the team’s struggles in 2018.

Glaha was one of the top hitters in all of Iowa, finishing with 72 base-knocks, which tied her for the lead in Class 4A. She hit .558 with six doubles, six triples and 20 RBI, and added 33 stolen bases to her total to take home captain’s honors on the big school team.

At catcher was the Demons’ Kellie Dallmeyer. Dallmeyer was the only freshman selected to the team. She was also an All-State pick.

Dallmeyer’s .442 batting average was third in the Southeast Conference as was her .673 slugging percentage, her 50 hits, her 39 runs scored and her .558 on-base percentage. Dallmeyer led the league in walks drawn with 26. She was second in the league with four home runs and 12 doubles. Batting leadoff, she still tied for the team lead in runs batted in with 23. She threw out eight of 10 runners attempting to steal. She made just two errors for a .987 fielding percentage.

One of two pitchers on the team is Molly Sparks, a junior at Washington. Sparks was the Demons’ No. 1 pitcher with 133 innings pitched. She was second in the conference with an earned run average of 3.84. She walked 28 but struck out 72. Opponents batted .288. She was effective at the plate with seven doubles, a home run, 22 RBI, a team-high eight sacrifices and a .347 OBP, batting .297.

Washington’s Morgan was one of four infielders chosen. Brinning’s on-base percentage was fourth in the conference at .497 and she carried a .357 batting average that was seventh in the league. The senior shortstop stole 10 bases in 11 attempts. She was second on the team with 28 runs scored. She hit six doubles and had 19 RBI. Brinning was hit by a pitch a team-leading 11 times.

One of three outfield selections was Washington senior Megan Mitchell. Mitchell’s move to the outfield early in the season helped the Demons defensively. At the plate, the senior led the Demons in at-bats with 127 and triples with two. She had six doubles and 45 hits. She batted .354 with a .433 slugging percentage and a .406 OBP. She batted in 21 runs and stole four bases in four tries.

One of three utility choices was Haylee Wilson. The Washington junior first baseman batted in different spots in the Demons’ order and finished with a .339 BA, a .393 OBP, and four doubles. She batted in a team-high 23 runs with 41 hits in 121 at-bats.

Allison Rebling, a sophomore from Fairfield, was the first pitcher selected for the team. The best pitcher in the SEC this season, Rebling led the conference in starts (26), wins (15), ERA (1.66), Ks (206) and opponent’s batting average (.160). Rebling played in all 42 games and made an impact in most, finishing second on the team with 130 at-bats and third in RBI with 14. Rebling is making her first, yet certainly not last, appearance on the GTNS, big school softball squad.

An infield selection was junior Makayla Cam of Mt. Pleasant. With the bulk of Mt. Pleasant’s 2017 state tournament team leaving for graduation, it was time for a handful of returners to step into the starring role and Cam was ready for the spotlight.

Cam hit .375 this season with 10 doubles, one triple and three home runs for a .699 slugging percentage, which was tops in the conference. She was one of two Panthers to go over the 30 RBI mark, with 31, and finished the year 15 for 15 in stolen-base attempts.

If you search for senior Ashtyn Drish on The Fairfield Ledger website, you’ll find 254 entries. That’s a perfect stat to describe the three-sport (volleyball, basketball and softball) standout that is making her fourth-straight All-GTNS team after starting all 42 games for the Trojans. Offensively, she led the Trojans this year in at-bats (133), hits (49), doubles (eight), RBI (26), sacrifices (5), times struck out (6), stolen bases, slugging percentage (.451) and batting average (.368). Drish was also the No. 2 pitcher for Fairfield and allowed her opponents just a .174 batting average against during her 54 1/2 innings in the circle. Ashtyn was also recently named to the all-district team for Class 4A Southeast and Class 4A Third Team All-State.

Also in the infield is Shaylin Drish, a sophomore at Fairfield. Just like in life, Shay was just behind her big sister in batting average (.358) and slugging percentage (.425), however, the athletic leader of the soon-to-be junior class led the Trojans in runs scored (31), walks drawn (17) and on-base percentage (.452). She also hit four doubles, a home run and collected 14 RBI. Drish is making her second career and consecutive all-GTNS team (basketball ‘18).

In the outfield, Trinity Krabill made the middle of Mt. Pleasant’s lineup one to fear in 2018, bringing a much-needed power surge to a team that lost its big sluggers to graduation the year before.

Krabill hit .407 this season with seven doubles, four triples and a team-leading seven home runs and 34 RBI. She will be just one of a handful of juniors who will look to put Mt. Pleasant back on the map in Class 4A next season.

An anchor in the outfield, Fairfield sophomore Lily Hoskins started all 42 games and hit .298 with a .341 on-base percentage in 124 at-bats with 14 runs scored, 10 RBI and two doubles. Defensively, Lily had six assists and 55 putouts for a .938 fielding percentage.

A utility choice was Grace Stever, a sophomore at Fairfield. Regardless of who was on the mound, the Trojan backstop started all 42 games, catching seven runners attempting to steal and committing just four errors with 264 putouts and 18 assists for a .986 fielding percentage. Offensively, Stever hit .210 in 124 at-bats and scored five times, although she was mostly pinch-run for. Stever also drove in 13 runs.

At another utility pick was junior Anni Liechty of Mt. Pleasant. Perhaps the best testament to Liechty’s value is how poorly the team did when an injury forced her out of action in late June.

Liechty hit .345 with nine doubles and 19 RBIs this season, and was also the team’s top pitcher, finishing the season 6-7 with a 5.04 ERA and 67 strikeouts. A healthy Liechty will be a necessity for Mt. Pleasant if the Panthers want to compete for the conference title in 2019.

 

ALL-GTNS LARGE SCHOOL SOFTBALL TEAM

 

Coach: Ben Obermann, Washington

Captain: Chi Glaha, Senior, Mt. Pleasant

Pitcher: Allison Rebeling, Sophomore, Fairfield

Pitcher: Molly Sparks, Junior, Washington

Catcher: Kellie Dallmeyer, Freshman, Washington

Infield: Makayla Cam, Junior, Mt. Pleasant

Infield: Shae Drish, Sophomore, Fairfield

Infield: Morgan Brinning, Senior, Washington

Infield: Ashtyn Drish, Senior, Fairfield

Outfield: Megan Mitchell, Senior, Washington

Outfield: Lily Hoskins, Sophomore, Fairfield

Outfield: Trinity Krabill, Junior, Mt. Pleasant

Utility: Anni Liechty, Junior, Mt. Pleasant

Utility: Grace Stever, Sophomore, Fairfield

Utility: Haylee Wilson, Junior,  Washington

 

The All-GTNS large school softball teams were selected by Justin Webster of the Fairfield Ledger, Doug Brenneman of the Washington Evening Journal and Andy Krutsinger of the Mount Pleasant News.

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