By Brent Huelsmann
The Southern Illinois River to River Conference released the 2018 Mississippi Division All-Conference Softball selections this past week. The Hornettes softball team led the way with seven All-Conference selections. Nashville had four players named First-Team All-Conference and three players named Second-Team All-Conference. Pinckneyville had six players named All-Conference. Both Carterville nad DuQuoin had four players selected, while Anna-Jonesboro had three players selected. Sparta had one player on named All-Conference.
Two seniors and two juniors were named First-Team All-Conference for the Hornettes.
In the infield, Mackenzie McFeron was named First-Team All-Conference. McFeron led the Hornettes in plate appearances, at-bats, hits, singles, triples, runs scored, total bases and stolen bases. McFeron batted .545 in 33 games for the Hornettes this season. McFeron finished with 66 hits, five triples, 21 RBIs and 56 runs scored.
Jordan Stiegman was one of two outfielders from Nashville named to the First-Team. Stiegman led the Hornettes with 44 RBIs this season, and was second on the team with five home runs. Stiegman finished with seven doubles this season, and batted .405 overall this season.
Sophie Heck was named First-Team All-Conference and was the Hornettes primary center fielder this season. Heck also saw time behind the plate during the season. Heck missed the Hornettes final game of the season due to injury. Heck led the Hornettes this season with 21 doubles, and had a team-high 26 extra base hits on the season. Heck was second on the team with four triples. Heck finished with a .382 average and drove in 30 runs.
Jenna Harris was named First-Team All-Conference as a Utility player. Harris saw time in the circle for the Hornettes, as well as at first base this season. Harris pitched 72 innings on the year for Nashville, but missed time in the circle due to an injury. While Harris couldn’t pitch for a stretch this season, Harris did play first base for the Hornettes. Harris appeared in all 33 games for Nashville, 15 of them in the circle. Harris started 14 games in the circle and finished with a 9-3 record. At the plate, Harris tied for second on the team with five home runs. Harris also tied for second on the team with 36 RBIs. Overall Harris finished with a .381 average on the season.
The rest of the SIRR Conference Mississippi Division Softball All-Conference First-Team were: Pitchers Mariah Clark and Daisy Dudek of Pinckneyville; Catcher Josie Gleason of Pinckneyville; Infielders Tobi Treece of Anna-Jonesboro, Montana Clark of Carterville, and Katie Smith of DuQuoin; Outfielders Taylor Witges of Pinckneyville and Lexi Macy of Anna-Jonesboro; Designated Hitter Morgan Wendling of Anna-Jonesboro; and Chloe Hill of DuQuoin as a Utility Player.
Three Hornettes were named Second-Team All-Conference.
Senior Paige Kasten was named Second-Team All-Conference as an infielder. Kasten was the primary third baseman for the Hornettes, and appeared in 32 games this season. Kasten was second on the team with 40 singles this season. Kasten drove in 35 runs, and scored 40 runs this season. Kasten was second on the team with 12 steals. Kasten was 12/12 in steal attempts this season.
Karly Stanowski was named Second-Team All-Conference as a catcher. Stanowski played in 32 games for the Hornettes this season Stanowski led the Hornettes this season with 8 home runs this season. Stanowski tied for second with 36 RBIs. Stanowski batted .340 on the season
Kyleigh Guinzy was named Second-Team All-Conference at a pitcher. Guinzy led the Hornettes in innings pitched, games pitched, and strikeouts this season. Guinzy appeared in 24 games this season as a pitcher, and finished with a 9-7 record. Guinzy also saved one game for the Hornettes this season. Guinzy struck out 57 batters this season. At the plate ,Guinzy batted .303 this season. Guinzy finished with four home runs and drove in 23 runs for the Hornettes this season.
Joining the Hornettes on the Second-Team were: Infielders Sydney Monje of Carterville, Grace Haney and Morgan Bullar of DuQuoin; and Emma Banach of Pinckneyville; Outfielders Abbey Crain and Hanna Schulmeister of Carterville, and Lauren Jackson of Pinckneyville; Alexus Williams of Sparta was named to the second-team as a Utility Player.
By Brent Huelsmann