Two area players named all state by IGCA in softball

Joe Randleman
Two area players named all state by IGCA in softball

Ballard and Collins-Maxwell-Baxter each had one player given all-state recognition in softball by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) in 2015.

Ballard senior center fielder Gabby Scherle was chosen to the Class 4A first team by the IGCA. CMB sophomore Abbey Kahler made the 2A third team.

Scherle was one of the top leadoff hitters in the entire state. The University of Wisconsin signee hit .587 with a .609 on-base average and .645 slugging average and ended up with 51 runs, 43 steals, three triples and one double, helping Ballard go 21-13 and reach the 4A regional semifinals.

Other 4A first-team selections were: Oskaloosa sophomore Alexis Groet; Adel-Desoto-Minburn senior Kenzie Sutton and junior Molly Jacobsen; Norwalk junior Taylor Goode and freshman Alyx Witt; Indianola senior Libby Yenger; Carlisle senior Shyanne Dubois and junior Gabby Schnathorst; Davenport Assumption sophomore Emma Valainis; Winterset sophomore Macy Johnson; Fairfield senior Mackenzie McClure; West Delaware senior Emily Thole; Harlan junior Logan Schaben; Pella junior Sara Tallman; Vinton Shellsburg senior Sydney Robertson; Fort Dodge senior Mallory Kilian; Cedar Rapids Xavier senior Erin Drahozal, Dallas Center-Grimes sophomore Rachel Lowary and Creston senior Halee LaMasters.

Kahler hit .337 with a .579 slugging average, 11 doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI, helping CMB go 20-15 and reach the 2A regional finals. She emerged as CMB’s pitching ace as well, finishing 18-12 with a 1.70 earned-run average, 191 strikeouts and 33 walks in 197 ? innings.

The 2A first team was made up of: Iowa City Regina junior Kennedy Brown and sophomore Sarah Lehman; BCLUW senior Mallory Vawter; Central Springs eighth-grader Hannah Ausenhus; Treynor senior Laura Hempel and junior Lexi Killinger; IKM freshman Peyton Gross; Missouri Valley senior Bailey Janssen; Highland sophomore Kelsey Hora; Cascade senior Lexi Weber, Durant-Bennett juniors Shannon Telsrow and Jasmine Lawson; Fort Dodge St. Edmond senior Amanda Lansman and sophomore Maggie Harvey; North Union senior Autumn Boland and junior Sarah Rolling; Wapello senior Allison Klenk; Eddyville-Blakesburg senior Sadie Baugher; Van Meter junior Bailey Richards; Jesup senior Ally Flaucher; Lawton-Bronson junior Lexi Binder and I-35 sophomore Carlyn Stanley.