We here at the Marion County Tribune are proud of each and every one of the students participating in arts, athletics, etc., while in school. Anyone who gives their best effort and puts their heart into one of these activities has our respect.
However, there are those who came through a cut above the rest. We realize there are several worthy Marion County high school softball players who are not on this list, but their absence does not equate indifference to their tangible and intangible contributions to their teams.
Here is the inaugural Marion County Tribune All-County Softball Team:
- Emery Neer, Knoxville, senior. Emery racked up 60 hits in 100 at-bats for the Panthers this season. She was a terror on the base paths, picking up 30 stolen bases. A smart batter, Emery struck out only nine times in 2019.
- Maddie Parks, Pella, senior. Maddie was outstanding at the plate and in the circle. She struck out 146 batters and gave up only 144 hits in 160 innings pitched. As a batter herself, Maddie finished the season with a .505 average, 50 hits (including 10 doubles, two triples and a home run) and struck out only twice in 99 at-bats.
- Abby DeJoode, Pleasantville, senior. Abby is another double threat, as in the circle she struck out 142 batters and gave up only 151 hits and 93 runs in 133 innings pitched. At the plate, Abby led a murderer’s row of power hitters with seven home runs, nine doubles, 34 hits and a .391 average.
- Emilie Krpan, Melcher-Dallas, senior. What more can be said about the pitching prowess of Emilie Krpan that has not already been said? Three no-hitters this season, only 72 runs scored against her (31 of them earned), a 1.22 ERA and 252 strikeouts in 178 innings’ work. She finishes her career at Melcher-Dallas with a 27-4 record this season, and 77-52 record overall.
- Ali Mockenhaupt, Twin Cedars, freshman. The future is very bright for Twin Cedars softball with a young, talented team under Coach Zach Dunkin. Mockenhaupt led the way for these younger players with an 11-2 pitching record (2.56 ERA, 49 strikeouts and only 65 hits allowed). She was over .400 at the plate herself, with 44 hits this season.
- Chloe Morgan, Pella Christian, junior. In the vein of Emery Neer, Chloe batted .418 for the Eagles with 46 hits (including three doubles) and 30 stolen bases. She struck out only 10 times in 110 plate appearances this season.
- Makenzie McGriff, Pleasantville, junior. Makenzie made her mark for the Trojans by batting .504 this season with 59 hits, 38 RBI and three home runs. Another smart batter, Makenzie struck out only three times in 117 at-bats.
- Josie Sowers, Pleasantville, sophomore. Josie hit .496 this season, with 62 hits (including nine doubles and two triples) and six strikeouts in 125 at-bats.
- Alex Griggs, Knoxville, senior. A standout in every sport, Alex concluded her career as a Panther with five home runs, 40 hits, 36 RBI and a .435 average on the softball diamond.
- Haley Godfrey, Melcher-Dallas, sophomore. Haley was a threat anytime she swung the bat, with 51 hits (including 19 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 36 RBI). She finished the season with only four strikeouts in 103 trips to the plate.
- Grace Bailey, Twin Cedars, freshman. Grace hit four home runs for the Sabers with over 40 hits. Though her batting average may be lower than the others on this list, Grace overpowered opposing batters in the circle with 95 strikeouts, a 2.37 ERA and a record of 18-7. All of that as a freshman.
- Kynser Reed, Melcher-Dallas, sophomore. Kynser is a reliable hitter with a .458 average, 44 hits (including seven doubles and a home run). Another smart batter who struck out only five times in 96 plate appearances.
- Rylee Dunkin, Twin Cedars, eighth grade. Rylee hit seven doubles, a triple and 51 hits overall for a staggering .440 batting average in her first season as a varsity Saber.
- Cheyenne Collins, Pella Christian, junior. Cheyenne led the Eagles with four home runs and finished second in batting average with .393. She had 35 hits overall, including seven doubles.
- Riley Enfield, Melcher-Dallas, sophomore. Riley’s 35 hits included five home runs and nine doubles. She had the second-best average for a strong Saints’ team with .347.
- Sydnee McKinney, Pleasantville, senior. McKinney’s final season as a Trojan yielded 49 hits (including two home runs) and a .405 average. She added nine doubles and her 39 RBI led the team.
- Brooke Roby, Twin Cedars, freshman. Brooke hit .417 this season with 48 hits that included 11 doubles and seven triples.
Congratulations to all Marion County softball teams on a fine season overall!