Seniors Bailey Marty and Liz Dietz earned special recognition as the Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta Tiger softball team had six named all-conference, which was announced by the West Central Conference recently.
Marty was named Most Valuable Player while Dietz was named Most Valuable Pitcher in the conference. Both were very deserving, MACA head coach Mary Holmberg said.
Marty hit .537 in conference play with an on-base percentage of .667, both team-bests. She also tallied 14 stolen bases, most on the team. Defensively, she had 23 putouts and 21 assists with just four errors at shortstop. This is her third all-conference award, not including being named honorable mention in 2016. She was also named to the All-State Second Team this season.
“Bailey is such a versatile player and solid in all aspects of the game,” Holmberg said.
Dietz had an ERA of 1.0, giving up six earned runs in conference play this season. She led the conference with an 8-0 record, also picking up a save, while striking out 36 batters.
“She dominated hitters and threw her change up with confidence,” Holmberg said. Dietz also contributed to the team’s sixth straight conference title by hitting .500 with a team high 29 RBIs in conference play. This is her third all-conference honor and was named MVP in 2018.
Along with Marty and Dietz, Jen Solvie, Emma Bowman, Riley Decker and Mackenzie Hockel were also named all-conference.
After earning honorable mention in 2018, Solvie was named all-conference this season after finishing the conference season with a .500 batting average with 21 hits, including five doubles and two home runs. She had 17 RBIs.
Bowman, a starting sophomore catcher, was named all-conference for the third straight season. She had a team-best 71 putouts during the conference season and just two errors. She had a team-best 23 hits on the year with six doubles and a home run. She knocked in 18 runs while scoring 16 times, finishing with a .489 batting average and a .593 on-base percentage.
Decker also earned her second all-conference softball award. She batted a consistent .455 average with a .571 on-base percentage during the conference season. Decker had 15 hits, 12 RBIs and 17 runs scored against conference opponents.
Hockel earns her second straight all-conference award as a Tiger after finishing the conference season hitting .405 with 17 hits, 18 RBIs and scoring 12 times.
Kenna Kehoe was named honorable mention.