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2010 NOW All-Suburban Softball Team → Videos of the coach and player of the year

June 22, 2010

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ashley Gnacinski

Muskego

Junior pitcher

Had .628 batting average while leading the Warriors to a second-place finish in the Southeast Conference … belted 12 doubles and four home runs, and had 44 RBIs and 40 runs scored … earned 15 of her team's first 17 wins (with three losses), with seven shutouts, 89 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.16.

COACH OF YEAR

Dawn Mooney-Lazu

Brookfield Central

Took a program that was in shambles and in three years turned it into the Greater Metro Conference champion … .Central won its first regional title since 2005 and finished 13-1 in the GMC and 17-4 overall.

Taylor Zube

West Allis

Central

Senior utility

Played 10 games at shortstop, seven behind the plate and three at third … did not allow a stolen base while catching and committed just three errors in the infield … batted .522 and scored a team-high 32 runs … had a .604 OBP and stole nine bases.

Tori Kilps

New Berlin Eisenhower

Senior utility

Made a seamless transition from first base to pitcher … went 16-1 with a 1.14 ERA and pitched six shutouts in seven complete games. … Had 148 strikeouts, about 1.5 per inning pitched … did not make an error all season at either position … batted .479 with a team-high 35 RBIs and scored 28 runs.

Hailey Wilson

Menomonee Falls

Junior catcher

Hit .525 with four doubles, three triples, four home runs and 19 RBIs … led the team with eight walks … OBP was .582 and slugging percentage was .898 … had a .885 fielding percentage, with three errors … started two double plays and caught two would-be stealers.

Megan Duerlinger

New Berlin Eisenhower

Senior catcher

All-state and All-Suburban selection a year ago, batted .609 this season … led the team with four home runs, including two in a win over Greenfield that pulled Eisenhower into a tie for first … had 12 stolen bases, 27 RBIs and a team-best 39 runs scored … slugging percentage was 1.116.

HIGH HONORABLE

CATCHERS: Katie Koepsel, junior, Oak Creek; Amy Keel, junior, Homestead

PITCHERS: Taylor Held, freshman, Brookfield Central

INFIELD: Hailey Mohrfeld, junior, Menomonee Falls

OUTFIELD: None

COACHES: Dave Keel, Homestead; John Rosenberg, Muskego

FAN VOTING

More than 3,000 votes were cast online for the team. Here are the top online vote-getters at each position:

PITCHER: Bekah Rennicke (159 votes), Ashley Gnacinski (99), Shannon Butts (75), Taylor Held (33)

CATCHER: Megan Duerlinger (164), Amy Keel (149), Hailey Wilson (57), Katie Koepsel (14)

OUTFIELD: Ashleigh Sagat (286), Natalie Kay (201), Siena Mitman (148)

INFIELD: Britt Schlaeger (144), Martha Radtke (105), Andrea Schneider (78), Michelle Zoeller (78), Andrea Solberg (72)

UTILITY: Tori Kilps (173), Taylor Zube (151).

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Schlaeger (143), Kilps (142), Duerlinger (118), Schneider (73), Butts (49), Gnacinski (40)

COACH OF THE YEAR: Dave Keel (182), John Rosenberg (79), Dawn Mooney-Lazu (32)

HONORABLE MENTION

CATCHERS: Leslie Fuda, junior, Whitefish Bay; Emily Gadzichowski, junior, Nicolet; Megan Henneberry, junior, Muskego; Amanda Kluck, senior, West Allis Hale; Siera Spahiu, sophomore, Franklin; Raifeh Saqer, senior, Shorewood

PITCHERS: Katie Aumann, senior, Germantown; Carolyn Dudek, junior, Whitnall; Amanda Kalupa, sophomore, Brookfield East; Hannah Klebesadel, junior, Germantown; Ann Michna, sophomore, Wauwatosa East; Jo Ruppa, senior, Whitefish Bay

INFIELDERS: Morgan Abel, senior, West Allis Hale; Allison Barnhart, senior, Whitnall; Alyssa Brunelli, senior, Greendale; Lanoira Duhart, freshman, Nicolet; Shannon Hubert, junior, West Allis Hale; Lauren Mather, sophomore, Franklin; Megan Matty, senior, Franklin; Allison Mayer, senior, Muskego; Erica Reetz, senior, Homestead; Katy Schmutzer, senior, Wauwatosa West; Erika Swoboda, sophomore, Germantown; Lia Travers, senior, West Allis Central; Nicole Weggon, sophomore, Menomonee Falls; Lindsay Wille, senior, Brookfield Central

OUTFIELDERS: Carli deFelice, senior, Nicolet; Lauren Dumke, senior, Wauwatosa West; Jessica Kloehn, freshman, Nicolet

UTILITY PLAYERS: Rachel Behnken, sophomore, Homestead; Ashley Kluck, junior, West Allis Hale; Jayme Love, junior, Franklin

COACHES: Jack Miller, Greenfield; Jeff Setz, New Berlin Eisenhower

Bekah Rennicke

Homestead

Senior pitcher

A four-year starter for the 23-4 Highlanders, was 8-0 in conference games with a 0.15 ERA … in 46 innings pitched, allowed just 24 hits and two runs, only one of which was earned … a control pitcher who relied on a sterling defense, she struck out 27 and walked six … hit .351 with 13 hits, including two doubles, three triples and eight RBIs.

Shannon Butts

Greenfield

Senior pitcher

The 2009 NOW Player of the Year was 17-4 with a 3.13 ERA and 114 strikeouts over 23 games (22 starts) … batted .543 with 50 hits, including four home runs … drove in 31 runs and scored 34 … slugged at an .870 clip and posted a .561 on-base percentage …. stole nine bases.

Ashleigh Sagat

New Berlin Eisenhower

Senior outfielder

Took advantage of an opportunity to play full time by batting .507 with 13 extra-base hits, second only on the team to all-state catcher Megan Duerlinger's 19 … walked a team-best 10 times, had an .580 OBP, drove in 24 runs and scored 36.

Siena Mitman

Homestead

Senior outfielder

The third good bat in the 23-4 Highlanders' lineup, had a .512 average with 21 runs scored, four doubles, three home runs and 23 RBIs … on-base percentage was .636 and slugging percentage was .974 … had the game-winning hit in a tough nonconference tilt against Waterford.

Natalie Kay

Franklin

Junior outfielder

The Sabers' center fielder earned a hit in 22 of 24 games (37 total) for a .440 batting average … didn't draw many walks (only four), but slugged .762 with 18 extra-base hits, including 10 doubles and seven triples … knocked in a team-high 26 runs, scored 20 and stole five bases.

Michelle Zoeller

Homestead

Senior infielder

Returning All-Suburban choice, the shortstop combined with third baseman Britt Schlaeger to form one of the most dangerous one-two offensive combos in the area … hit .537 with seven doubles, two triples, 27 runs scored, five home runs and 23 RBIs … OBP was .569 with a slugging percentage of over 1.000.

Andrea Solberg

Greenfield

Junior infielder

The slugging first baseman belted four home runs, five triples and five doubles en route to a .449 batting average and a .795 slugging percentage … 14 walks boosted her OBP to .532 … drove in 30 runs and scored 27 and did not strikeout once … committed just three errors in 171 chances (.982 fielding percentage).

Andrea Schneider

Brookfield

Central

Junior infielder

The shortstop was second-team All-Greater Metro Conference as a sophomore and earned first team this season … batted .617, with a .640 OBP, a 1.000 slugging percentage and four doubles, four triples, two homers and 16 RBIs … has outstanding range at shortstop.

Britt Schlaeger

Homestead

Senior infielder

A four-year starter, the third baseman hit .620 with 31 hits in 50 at bats, scoring 26 runs with six doubles, three triples and seven home runs and 17 RBIs … led the team in stolen bases with five … On-base percentage was .633 and also has a slugging average of over 1.000.

Martha Radtke

New Berlin West

Junior infielder

The second baseman won the Woodland Conference Blue Division's Player of the Year Award … collected 27 hits in 65 at-bats for a .428 average as the team's leadoff batter … scored 34 runs and drove in 14 … walked 21 times and had a .564 OBP … fielding percentage was .995.

CONTEST WINNERS

Ruth Robertson of Wauwatosa, Tracy Hobbs of Mequon and Debbie Grahovac of Oak Creek each win a pair of Brewers box seats for voting online for their favorite players.

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