BHS puts three on all-league team
It was pay-off time for the Baldwin High School softball team when the All Frontier League selections were announced last week. As league champions, BHS placed three first teamers and two to the honorable mention team.
First-team selections were senior Kristen Wessel, junior Jodie Bacon and sophomore Katie Martin. Making the honorable mention squad were senior Suzie Weege and junior Kyrstan Hubbel.
"Oh, yes, this was great," said Ginny Honomichl, BHS coach. "When you get three out of the 15 first teamers, that's pretty amazing. When you have five of your 10 players make one of the teams, that says something, too. None of these selections were surprises."
BHS won its first Frontier League title with a 15-1 record. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 16-2 overall mark. They were eliminated in regional play 2-1 in 14 innings in the semifinal game that would have sent them to state.
The all-league selections reflected BHS's strength up the middle. Wessel was the catcher, Bacon the shortstop and Martin the center fielder. The trio also provided more than their share of offense.
"Martin batted over .500 and was our No. 3 hitter," said Honomichl. "I'm sure she impressed some people with her outstanding catches in center field."
Bacon was the leadoff hitter and hovered around the .400 mark. But, it was her defense that really took center stage, too.
"What can you say about Jodie?" she said. "We figured she must have had 90 percent of the first chances to touch the ball in the infield and never made a throwing error."
Wessel's work behind the plate also brought rave reviews.
"Let's just say there were only 10 successful stolen bases against us all season. We stole 68 bases. That's a big difference," said Honomichl. "She also threw out seven runners at second base and picked off seven runners at third base and a couple at first.
"She was our No. 5 hitter," she said. "She's an excellent bunter. We used her to squeeze bunt with. She can hit the ball a ton, too."
Hubbel finished the season with a 14-3 record as the team's main pitcher. Weege was a stalwart at third base and a key part of the offense.