Herald releases area’s best softball players
Riauna Bishop, pitcher, Blooming Prairie
The junior stepped up her game in the post season as she pitched BP all the way to the Section 1A semifinals. Bishop went 11-11 with an ERA of 3.052. She struck out 96 in 135.1 innings, while allowing 159 hits and 38 walks.
Jenna Jacobsen, catcher, Hayfield
The sophomore hit .375 as she compiled one homer, two triples, five doubles and 10 RBIs. Jacobsen threw out 18 runners from behind the plate.
Mia Bauer, first base, Lyle-Pacelli
The senior hit .457 with three homers and 26 RBIs.
Jaelynn Therring, shortstop, Hayfield
The senior, who primarily played third base, hit .405 with two homers, five doubles and 22 RBIs while scoring 24 runs.
Hannah McMasters, third base, Austin
The senior maintained an .816 fielding percentage at the hot corner, while hitting .362 at the plate.
Olivia Christianson, outfield, Lyle-Pacelli
The first-year softball player hit .494 and scored 21 runs.
Julia Worke, outfield, Blooming Prairie
The junior, who played shortstop for BP, hit .319 with two homers, two triples, five doubles and 17 RBIs, while scoring 13 runs.
Courtney Ellis, outfield, Hayfield
The junior hit .300 with 1 triple, 3 doubles and 21 RBIs.
Caitlyn Hendrickson, pitcher, Hayfield
The sophomore was 10-8 with an ERA of 2.42. Hendrickson struck out 172 hitters in 159 innings, while allowing 159 hits and 44 walks. Hendrickson hit .279 with one homer, two doubles, two triples and 12 RBIs.
Anna Bamlet, first base, Hayfield
The freshman hit .290 with thre doubles and 15 RBIs.
Abbey Neve, outfield, Lyle-Pacelli
The junior hit .449 with an on-base percentage of .531.
Maya Lembke, catcher, Blooming Prairie
The junior was a leader behind the plate and she also hit .329 with 9 doubles, 18 RBIs and 9 runs.
Jordyn McCormack, shortstop, Austin
The junior missed a big chunk of the season with an injury, but she was still able to maintain a .343 batting average.
Jenna Braaten, catcher, Austin
The senior was a leader behind the plate for the Packers as she hit .246.