By Steve Peterson
Seniors Jaylen Blankenship, Luci Topete, Carissa Anderson and sophomore Rylee Negaard were West Sioux’s selections on the All-War Eagle Conference softball team.
Blankenship and Negaard were First Team selections. Topete was on the Second Team. Anderson was honorable mention.
“It was a nice showing. They all worked hard and deserved it,” said Coach Cindy Koopmans.
Koopmans said she was pleased with the 12 wins the Lady Falcons garnered in 2013.
“It’s a tough conference as Akron-Westfield won the state title and Remsen-St. Mary’s also made it to state. With some hard work and dedication anything can happen,” said Koopmans.
Anderson, who played third base, was 28-for-89 at-bats, 17 RBIs, 18 runs scored, two doubles, 27-for-28 stolen base attempts, three hit by pitches, one walk, had a 0.328 batting average, 0.360 on-base percentage, 0.353 slugging percentage.
Blankenship, the center fielder for the Lady Falcons, was 34-for-94 at-bats, scored 29 runs, was 26-for-28 stolen base attempts, had 12 RBIs, five walks, a 0.406 on-base percentage, 0.447 slugging percentage, and 0.362 batting average.
Negaard, the West Sioux catcher, was 30-for-86 at-bats, scored 20 runs, had 28 RBIs, three home runs, seven doubles, one triple, one sacrifice; seven walks, was 14-for-15 stolen base attempts, had a 0.398 on-base percentage and a 0.558 slugging percentage.
Topete, the first baseman, was 25-for-80 at-bats, scored 14 runs, had 13 RBIs, six walks, was nine-for-nine stolen base attempts, had four doubles, 0.313 batting average, 0.375 on-base percentage, 0.363 slugging percentage.
Some statistics for WS leaders also included:
Senior Bailey VanDenBerg, the shortstop, was 23-for-81 at-bats, nine-for-nine stolen base attempts, four doubles, 12 RBIs, five walks, scored 17 runs, hit 0.284 batting average.
Senior Courtney Hummel had the bulk of the Lady Falcons’ pitching decisions with an 11-13 record. She struck out 81 hitters. She worked 143 and one-third innings, giving up 83 earned runs with a 4.05 Earned Run Average.
Senior Calie Peterson was 22-for-78 at-bats, two doubles, 14 RBIs, 10 runs scored, eight walks, 9-for-9 stolen base attempts, one hit-by-pitch, 0.356 on-base percentage, 0.308 slugging percentage and 0.282 batting average.
West Sioux had a 12-16 overall record. Its final game was a 10-0 loss to Remsen Union in the second playoff round of Class 1A.
Also contributing to the Lady Falcons were:
Carly Dekkers, junior, had a 1-2 pitching record and pitched 21 and two-thirds innings. She had a 4.52 ERA, with 14 earned runs, 11 walks, struck out 14 and opponents hit 0.400 average.
Sophomore Jenna Rehder was 14-for-69 at-bats, 11 runs scored, four doubles, 11 RBIs, 12 walks, 7-for-7 stolen base attempts, one hit by pitch, 0.329 on-base percentage, 0.261 slugging percentage and 0.203 batting average.
Junior Calena Topete was 17-for-62 at-bats, seven runs scored, one double, 13 RBIs, seven walks, one hit by pitch, 0.357 on-base percentage, 0.290 slugging percentage and 0.274 batting average.
Freshman Amanda Mace was 17-for-71 at-bats, eight runs scored, two doubles, nine RBIs, five walks, 11 strikeouts, 1-for-1 stolen base attempt, 0.289 on-base percentage, 0.268 slugging percentage and 0.239 batting average.
Freshman Allyson Westra, who played in eight games, was 3-for-3 stolen base attempts with three runs scored.
Freshman Jordan Steckleberg scored one run.
Eighth graders were Camryon Ballard, Emily McKenney; freshmen were Brianna Bultman and Angelica Topete.
In team statistics West Sioux had 210-for-718 at bats, 141 runs scored, 32 doubles, three home runs, two triples, 130 RBIs, five sacrifices, 57 walks, 97 strikeouts, 105-for-109 stolen base attempts, 11 hit by pitch, 0.354 on-base percentage, 0.355 slugging percentage and 0.292 batting average.