After going undefeated in the regular season and making it to the Class 4A state championship game, it's not too surprising to see that Augusta's softball team led the way in All-league selections.
The softball team had four First Team and four Second Team Orioles earn a total of nine All-Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League-Div. IV honors. To top it off, the Orioles swept the player- and coach-of-the-year awards, as well. Senior Kalie Robinson was named the league's Most Valuable Player, and first-year coach Shane Steinkamp was named Coach of the Year.
Robinson, the Orioles' center fielder, is one of the best outfielders the program has seen. She has been First Team All-League all four years of her high school career and had an All-State honor along the way. This season alone, she made several highlight catches with full extension or even while diving and catching in the air. Robinson's speed and quick eye made it easy for her to run down fly balls and make nice plays look routine.
At the plate, Robinson had a strong season. She hit .434, third-best among regular starters for the Orioles. Robinson had four home runs and tied for second on the team with 27 RBIs. She drew a team-high 14 walks, scored a team-high 44 runs and had a team-high .533 on-base percentage among starters.
Brooke Eberhardt earned two First Team All-League honors. Eberhardt was named First Team as both a pitcher and a designated player. On the mound, Eberhardt had a 2.45 ERA and pitched four shutouts. She finished with 83 strikeouts and allowed 68 hits and just 13 walks in 74 1/3 innings pitched. Opponents only averaged .233 against her.
Eberhardt was simply dominant at the plate this season. She led the Orioles in hits (39), total bases (62), slugging percentage (.775), RBIs (43) and home runs (6).
Katy Nordman was named First Team All-League at third base. Nordman displayed tremendous reaction skills and was as smooth a fielder as anyone. She handled bunts well and led the infield with three turned double plays. She finished with a .922 fielding percentage.
At the plate, Nordman was second on the team among starters with a .440 average. She drove in 27 RBIs, had two home runs and tied for the team lead in triples with two. Nordman had a .643 slugging percentage.
Courtney Phillips was named First Team All-League as an outfielder. As Augusta's left fielder, Phillips was as consistent as any Oriole on defense. She finished with a .955 fielding percentage and even had a pair of assists.
For hitting in the 9 spot of the lineup most of the season, Phillips had tremendous numbers at the plate. She hit .358 with 24 total hits, four doubles, a triple, two home runs and 17 RBIs. She had a .537 slugging percentage.
Casady Marlnee earned Second Team All-League honors as a catcher. Marlnee's defensive alertness and throwing prowess behind the plate made life difficult for runners on base against Augusta. Marlnee had a solid .974 fielding percentage and had five assists and helped turn a double play.
Page 2 of 2 - Marlnee was second on the team with four home runs and had a team-high eight doubles. She hit .403 and slugged .688.
Morgan Kirk was named Second Team All-League at shortstop, where she took over early in the season for the Orioles. She more than showed she was ready to handle one of the most demanding positions on the field. Kirk had a .925 fielding percentage and made some eye-popping plays with regularity. She also had an incredibly strong throwing arm.
As the Orioles' lead-off hitter, Kirk finished with a .407 average and was second on the team among starters with a .495 on-base percentage. She drew 11 walks and had two triples and 18 RBIs.
Abby Tipton emerged as an outstanding second baseman for the Orioles, where she earned Second Team All-League honors. Tipton immediately made an impact when she took over against McPherson by making two crucial diving catches to save runs and preserve a win for Augusta. She made several more great plays throughout the season. Tipton finished with a .953 fielding percentage, tops among Oriole infielders.
At the plate, Tipton hit .417 with a home run and six doubles. She drove in 20 runs and had a .542 slugging percentage.
Megan Hayes earned Second Team All-League honors as a pitcher. Hayes was invaluable as she and Eberhardt formed a tough 1-2 combo for the Orioles. Hayes got better as the season progressed, including her solid performance at the state tournament. Hayes finished with a 3.39 ERA and had 47 strikeouts while allowing 20 walks and 61 hits in 72 2/3 innings pitched. She had three shutouts.