Five members of the Ballard softball team were named all-Raccoon River Conference after guiding the Bombers to a tie for second place in the conference with a 10-4 record.
Ballard juniors Abby Husak, Skylar Rigby and Isabell Hobbs all made the all-RRC first team. Junior Isabella Johnson landed on the second team and freshman Maggie McCrady was named honorable mention.
Husak was a unanimous pick for the second year in a row. She hit .477 with a .540 on-base percentage, 21 runs, nine steals and six sacrifices in conference play, and also made 18 putouts and three assists with only one error, spending most of her time in the outfield on defense.
Adel-Desoto-Minburn’s Abbie Hlas, Boone’s Emma Dighton and Winterset’s Jena Young were the other unanimous all-RRC selections.
Rigby hit .396 with a .792 slugging average, seven doubles, four home runs, 21 RBIs and 19 runs against RRC teams. She made 48 putouts, threw out four base runners and only made one error, splitting time between catcher and center field.
Hobbs posted an impressive .479 average with a .729 slugging average, seven doubles, one triple, one home run and 24 RBIs in conference games. At second base she compiled 31 putouts and 25 assists.
The other all-RRC first-team selections were Carlisle’s Alyvia Dubois, Molly Hoekstra, Kennedy Preston and Delany Schnathorst; ADM’s Emily Hlas; Winterset’s Corry Pickering; Carroll’s Josie Ayala; Bondurant-Farrar’s Riley Gilroy and Perry’s Lydia Olejniczak.
Johnson posted a .234 average, .308 OBP, 10 runs and five RBIs for Ballard against RRC competition. She racked up an impressive 35 putouts and 21 assists defensively at shortstop.
Joining Johnson on the all-RRC second team were: Carlisle’s Meredith Hoffman and Allyx Lee; ADM’s Emily Hatchitt and Aliya Yanga; Boone’s Emily Ades and Laena Solverson; Winterset’s Emma Lowden and Ava Lowden; Carroll’s Chloe Gallegos; Perry’s Jayna Kennedy and Bondurant-Farrar’s Katelyn Lappe.
McCrady stepped up to handle most of the pitching duties for Ballard this season. She went 7-3 with a 2.90 ERA, 31 strikeouts and 20 walks in 60 ⅓ innings against RRC teams.
Carlisle’s Jim Flaws and ADM’s Jodi Doty were the RRC Co-Coaches of the Year. Flaws led Carlisle to the Class 4A state championship and Doty guided ADM to a 10-4 record in the conference in her first season as head coach of the Tigers, taking over for legendary coach Rick Dillinger.
Final RRC standings