The West Central Tribune's All Area softball team was announced Tuesday, July 9 and four Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers made the list.
Liz Dietz earned her second First Team nod while Jen Solvie closes out her high school career on the First Team as well. Riley Decker and Emma Bowman were both named All Area Second Team players. Below are excerpts from the article published Tuesday in the West Central Tribune.
Liz Dietz, 1st team
Morris/C-A, P, Sr.
Dietz was also an All-Area First-Teamer last season, and she was equally valuable this year as she led the 20-3 Tigers to the Section 3AA semifinals.
Dietz was a force in the pitching circle, posting a 13-1 record with a 1.48 earned-run average. She struck out 62 batters in almost 76 innings pitched.
The Tigers senior was also one of the area's top hitters, finishing the season with a .389 batting average, 33 runs batted in and 21 runs scored. "Liz is a strong pitcher who is always around the plate," said Tigers head coach Mary Holmberg. "A three-year starter, her experience has been a key to our success this year."
Jennifer Solvie, 1st team
Morris/C-A, 1B, Sr.
Solvie was a constant power threat and a top defensive player at first base. She had 33 hits and a .465 batting average. Solvie hit four home runs, had eight doubles, drove in 29 runs and scored 23 times. "Jennifer has been an extremely talented hitter for us," said Tigers head coach Mary Holmberg, "and she is an excellent fielding first baseman."
Riley Decker, 2nd team
Morris/C-A, 2B, Sr.
Decker hit .500 with 27 hits, and she also drove in 18 runs and scored 21 times. She finished her career with a .383 average, 39 RBIs and 45 runs scored. "Riley is a spark plug for us," said Tigers head coach Mary Holmberg. "She is a leader on the fields and communicates continuously. Riley makes good contact with the ball and is a fierce competitor."
Emma Bowman, 2nd team
Morris/C-A, C, So.
Bowman was a top offensive threat on a power-packed offensive team, hitting .493 with 37 hits, including eight doubles, and she drove in 19 runs. Already a three-year All-West Central Conference selection as a sophomore, she has 85 career hits, 20 doubles and 52 RBIs while hitting .375. "Emma is a strong hitter and savvy base runner," said Tigers head coach Mary Holmberg. "Defensively, as a catcher, she seldom lets balls pass, blocks well and gets the ball out of her glove quickly."
Note: Nominations were not received for BOLD, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart, Montevideo, Renville County West and Hancock