By John Heglie Special to the Leader
The MHSA sanctioned spring softball season came to a close with the culmination of state tournaments. Thereafter, each conference among the different classifications release a list of players who have been identified as exemplifying some of the best qualities exhibited in their athletic discipline over the course of the season. Honored from the Mission Valley include Northwest A players from both Ronan and Polson.
POLSON LADY PIRATES (7-1, 21-6) State A runner-up and NWA conference crown winner Polson placed nine players among the postseason softball accolade list.
A trio of Lady Pirates conferred with all-state status along with first team acknowledgement include Josie Caye, Paige Noyes and Lauren Vergeront.
Sophomore shortstop Caye led the team at the plate with over fifty hits (24xbh) while wielding a sponge for a glove on defense that absorbed most of what opposing batters attempted to spill past her. This was the second athletic accolade for Caye, being an conciliatory honorable mention last season despite posting all-state numbers.
Senior first base infielder Noyes was the second leading batter among the squad with just under four dozen hits, almost a third of which went for extra bases (17xbh). Her glove work on defense was an integral segment in the turning of multiple double plays. This was the second postseason recognition for Noyes, a second- team pick last season.
Senior hurler Vergeront (2019:18-5) averaged around a strikeout per inning from the mound, while also helping out her cause with some solid hitting at the plate. Receiving first-team acknowledgement is senior catcher Kaylanna DesJarlais, who tied for second most extra base hits among the squad (17xbh) that included mashing a half dozen taters, the lion’s share coming during the second half of the season. This was the second all-conference nod for DesJarlais, an all-state accolade recipient last season. Receiving second-team acknowledgement were freshman hurler Katelyne Druyvestein (2-1,11sv) and senior right fielder Lisa Costilla. Costilla almost batted north of .500 during the course of the regular schedule while reeling in numerous UFOs (unauthorized flying objects) invading her air space. The quality level of play exhibited by Costilla has grown exponentially over the course of her prep career. Druyvestein was employed mainly in the capacity of a relief pitcher, but turned in healthy numbers both from the circle as well as at the plate. A trio of honorable mentions went to infielders SaVanna Carpentier, Kobbey Smith and utility player Kallie Finkbeiner.
Sophomore second base Carpentier smacked seven extra base hits during the season that included a timely grand slam against Frenchtown prior to the midseason Frenchtown Invitational. Sophomore third base Smith hit .500 during the second half of the regular schedule with a half dozen hits for extra bases on the season. Freshman centerfielder/ catcher Finkbeiner hit north of .500 during the middle segment of the regular schedule that included her half dozen hits for extra bases.
2018-19 Northwest A Softball All-State/First-Team: (if) Emilie Corley, Ronan (sr.); (c) Sammee Bradeen, Libby (sr.); (ss) Josie Caye, Polson (so.); (1b) Paige Noyes, Polson (sr.); (if) Trista Cowan, C-Falls (sr.); (p) Macao Jackson, Ronan (so.); (p) Lauren Vergeront, Polson (sr.); (of) Kaylee Ashe, C-Falls (sr.).
All-Conference First-Team: (if) Montana Bremner, Browning (jr.); (c) Kaylanna DesJarlais, Polson (sr.).
All-Conference Second-Team: (p) Katelyne Druyvestein, Polson (fr.); (c) Candace StillSmoking, Browning (sr.); (if) Emily Carvey, Libby (sr.); (ss) Madison Clairmont, Ronan (jr.); (if) Ryley Kehr, C-Falls (sr.); (of) Lindsey Walker, Libby (sr.); (rf) Lisa Costilla, Polson (sr.); (ut) Taylor Holm, Libby (so.); (ut) Alyssa Blankenship, C-Falls (so.).
All-Conference Honorable Mention: (2b) SaVanna Carpentier, Polson (so.); (if) Graceanne Sevesind, C-Falls (jr.); (if) Regan Clairmont, Ronan (jr.); (3b) Kobbey Smith, Polson (so.); (ut) Kallie Finkbeiner, Polson (fr.).