New Riegel’s Taylor Kirian earned player of the year honors for the third straight time in balloting for the 2014 All-Midland Athletic League softball teams.
Kirian, a senior who has signed a national letter of intent to play for the University of Akron, dominated the MAL statistics. She led the league in hits (57), batting average (.576), runs scored (54), doubles (13), home runs (8), extra-base hits (26) and RBIs (46) and tied for second in triples (5).
Kirian was also one of the top pitchers in the league with a 24-5 record, a 1.79 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 175-plus innings.
New Riegel went 25-5 and reached the Division IV regional semifinals. The Blue Jackets were runner-up in the MAL standings, their lone league loss a 9-7 decision to eventual champion Mohawk. The Warriors’ Jenny Weinandy was named coach of the year.
New Riegel’s Kara Scherger joined Kirian on the All-MAL first team, along with Lakota’s Alaina Bickford and Morgan Gangwer and St. Wendelin’s Edy Mowrey.
Members of the second team included New Riegel’s Taylor Arbogast, Morgan Noftz and Lauren Zoeller, St. Wendelin’s Meghan Reiter and Lakota’s Aubrey Bickford.
Taylor Kirian, sr., Kara Scherger, jr., New Riegel; Julie Adelsperger, sr., Mackenzie Sowers, jr., Kasey Adelsperger, sr., Taylor McClain, sr., Mohawk; Makenzie Wentling, sr., Hannah Draper, sr., Carey; Hanna Brian, sr., North Baltimore; Alaina Bickford, sr., Morgan Gangwer, sr. Edy Mowrey, sr., St. Wendelin; Rachel Bauman, sr., Seneca East.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Taylor Kirian, New Riegel.
COACH OF THE YEAR — Jenny Weinandy, Mohawk.
Taylor Arbogast, jr., Morgan Noftz, sr., Lauren Zoeller, sr., New Riegel; Meghan Reiter, jr., St. Wendelin; Nicole Bickley, sr., Nicole Fretz, jr., Tiffin Calvert; Allison Adelsperger, fr., Old Fort; Ashley Burns, sr., Fremont St. Joseph; Clara Adelsperger, sr., Cambria Kohlenberg, soph., Mohawk; Ali Rymer, sr., Carey; Aubrey Bickford, soph., Lakota; Paige Reichert, soph., Seneca East.
TIFFIN CALVERT — Kate Brickner, sr., Taylor Ritzler, soph. CAREY — Taylor Fletcher, sr., Abby Hall, jr. HOPEWELL-LOUDON — Kasie Welly, sr., Kelsey Coppus, sr. LAKOTA — Nikkia Cooper, jr., Bree Long-Meyer, soph. MOHAWK — Brooke Weinandy, sr., Charlotte Moes, sr. NEW RIEGEL — Leah Bouillon, jr., Hailey Theis, jr. NORTH BALTIMORE — Rachel Peters, jr., Cheyenne Hernandez, soph. OLD FORT — Krista Ward, sr., Mackenzie Ward, fr. SENECA EAST — Hannah Martin, fr., Cameil Ruffing, sr. FREMONT ST. JOSEPH — Be Reardon, jr., Brigitte Fulwider, sr. ST. WENDELIN — Allie Rutter, soph., Mikayla Gilliland, soph.
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