Collins-Maxwell-Baxter and North Polk combined for five first-team selections on the all-Heart of Iowa Conference softball teams in 2017.
CMB put three players on the all-HOIC first team. The Raiders also had two second-team picks and two named honorable mention after winning the conference with a 14-1 record.
Freshman pitcher Mikayla Houge, senior second baseman Mikayla Eslinger and senior pitcher Abbey Kahler were the three CMB players picked on the first team.
Houge went 7-0 with a 1.71 earned-run average, 62 strikeouts and 11 walks in 45 innings during conference games. She also hit .523 with a .705 slugging average, five doubles, one home run, nine runs and 13 RBI.
Eslinger posted a .279 batting average and .558 SA with three doubles, three home runs, nine runs and 12 RBI against conference foes. In the field, she made 13 assists and 12 putouts.
Kahler was a utility pick on the first team. She went 7-1 with an 0.94 ERA, 69 strikeouts and nine walks in 52 innings on the mound and hit .386 with a .568 SA, five doubles, one home run and 18 RBI.
Senior outfielder Megan Ritter and sophomore catcher Hannah Caple were the two Raiders named to the all-HOIC second team.
Ritter hit .265 with four doubles, one triple, 14 runs and 11 steals at the plate and had 11 putouts and no errors in center field during HOIC games. Caple recorded a .310 batting average and a .431 on-base percentage with two doubles and four RBI and she also made 125 putouts and threw out three base runners on defense.
Junior outfielder Katie Camp and freshman third baseman/catcher Holly Jessen were the two CMB players named all-HOIC honorable mention.
Camp hit .364 with 13 runs, eight steals and four RBI and she posted 10 putouts and no errors in the field versus HOIC teams. Jessen recorded .381 batting and .500 slugging averages in conference games and she added two doubles, one triple, 11 runs and six RBI on offense, and made 20 assists and 18 putouts with just one error on defense.
North Polk produced two first and second-team selections apiece and also had two named honorable mention after taking third in the conference with an 11-4 mark.
Senior outfielder Rebecca Rimathe and sophomore infielder Carolyn Steffen made the all-HOIC first team from North Polk.
Rimathe hit .531 with an amazing 1.163 SA, four doubles and a conference-best nine home runs during HOIC competition. She also scored 21 times and drove in 28 runs and added 29 putouts and 12 assists on defense.
Steffen registered a .512 batting average with an .884 SA, four doubles, four home runs, 20 runs and 14 RBI in conference play. She made 27 assists and 22 putouts in the field.
Freshman infielder Ellie Owen and sophomore pitcher Sophie Swygman were the two Comets to wind up on the all-HOIC second team.
Owen came up with respective batting and slugging averages of .358 and .556 and she produced eight doubles, one home run, 15 runs and six RBI. In the field, Owen tallied 27 assists, 26 putouts and only one error.
Swygman finished 9-4 with a 2.70 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 16 walks in 83 innings against HOIC teams. She also hit .231 with one home run on offense.
Senior outfielder Maddy Hill and freshman catcher Trisha Sporra were named honorable mention from North Polk.
Hill hit .391 with one home run and seven RBI and she made six putouts, two assists and no errors in the field. Sporra posted a .362 batting average with one double, one triple, 16 runs and 10 steals at the plate and recorded 58 putouts and threw out five base runners with only one error in the field.
The other all-HOIC first-team picks were: Prairie City-Monroe’s Kayla Jennings, Jayci Vos and Abby Waddell; Roland-Story’s Hailey Louw and Jenna Clark, Saydel’s Lyndsay Bianchi and South Hamilton’s Ady Wintermote and Alyssa Moss.
Making up the rest of the all-HOIC second team were: PCM’s Courtney Bridges and Katie Vande Wall; South Hamilton’s Taylor Volkmann; Roland-Story’s Susie Weaver and Sydney Mathis; Greene County’s Hannah Promes and Megan Carey, Gilbert’s Riley Nelson and Saydel’s Anneliese Barton.
All-HOIC softball teams
First team: P - Mikayla Houge (Fr.), CMB; Kayla Jennings (Sr.), PCM. C - Hailey Louw (Jr.), Roland-Story; Lyndsay Bianchi (Sr.), Saydel. IF - Jayci Vos (Sr.), PCM; Ady Wintermote (Sr.), South Hamilton; Mikayla Eslinger (Sr.), CMB; Carolyn Steffen (So.), North Polk. OF - Alissa Moss (Sr.), South Hamilton; Jenna Clark (Jr.), Roland-Story; Rebecca Rimathe (Sr.), North Polk. UTIL - Abbey Kahler (Sr.), CMB; Abby Waddell (Sr.), PCM.
Second team: P - Sophie Swygman (So.), North Polk; Taylor Volkmann (So.), South Hamilton. C - Hannah Caple (So.), CMB; Courtney Bridges (Sr.), PCM. IF - Susie Weaver (So.), Roland-Story; Katie Vande Wall (Sr.), PCM; Riley Nelson (So.), Gilbert; Ellie Owen (Fr.), North Polk. OF - Megan Carey (So.), Greene County; Megan Ritter (Sr.), CMB: Anneliese Barton (Sr.), Saydel. UTIL - Sydney Mathis (Jr.), Roland-Story; Hannah Promes (Sr.), Greene County.
Honorable mention: Cora Spainhower (Sr.), Roland-Story; Juliann Clark (Fr.), Roland-Story; Shelby Weber (Sr.), Saydel; Alexis Carney (Jr.), Saydel; Marla Grubb (Jr.), South Hamilton; Brianne Diersen (So.), South Hamilton; Holly Jessen (Fr.), CMB; Katie Camp (Jr.), CMB; Grace Francis (Jr.), Nevada; Addi Vorm (8th grade), Nevada; Sydney Grouwinkel (Jr.), Gilbert; Jordyn Pike (8th grade), Gilbert; Maddy Hill (Sr.), North Polk; Trisha Sporra (Fr.), North Polk; Jenna Beyers (So.), Greene County; Megan Durbin (Jr.), Greene County; Brooke Nicholsen (Sr.), PCM; Madison Foster (Jr.), PCM.
Final HOIC standings
North Polk 11-4
South Hamilton 9-5
Greene County 5-10