After strong seasons, Faribault High School and Waterville-Elysian-Morristown were rewarded with multiple all-state selections.
The Minnesota Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association released their all-state rankings Thursday. Six of the 10 on the Class AAA first team hail from the Big 9 Conference and eight are from Section 1A.
The Faribault Falcons finished 19-3, third in the state’s toughest section (Section 1) and runner up in the Big 9 Conference. They knocked off eventual Class AA champion Rochester Lourdes and AAA champion Northfield.
Making the first team from FHS were senior pitcher McKayla Armbruster and senior catcher Abby Van Ryn. Junior shortstop Abby Lake made honorable mention.
Armbruster was honorable mention in 2017 and first team in 2018. In her senior season, Armbruster finished at 19-3, 164 innings, .55 ERA, a state-high 335 strikeouts and 11 walks. At the plate, she hit .365 with 14 RBIs and a .435 on-base percentage. She also fielded her position well with just one error and a .970 fielding percentage.
Van Ryn was first team in 2018. In her senior season, Van Ryn finished with team highs of three home runs and 19 RBIs. She was second with a .375 average and .483 on-base percentage. Van Ryn was also responsible for calling pitches and acting as field general. She had a .994 fielding percentage and had 347 put outs with just two errors.
Lake led the team hitting .393, collecting a .526 on-base percentage and 16 walks. She was effective in different slots at the top and middle of the lineup.
Lake had a .902 fielding percentage in her first year.
The WEM Buccaneers finished 23-2, won the Gopher Conference and Section 1 and finished sixth in state. They had two make their all-state debuts.
Junior pitcher Trista Hering was named to the Class A second team. She was also on the all-section team. Her stats finished at 20-2, 140⅔ innings, .65 ERA, 201 strikeouts and 24 walks. She also hit .380 with 17 RBIs.
Junior center fielder Delaney Donahue was honorable mention. She was also on the all-section team. Donahue was second on the Bucs with a .430 average, seven doubles and a team high 24 RBIs. On defense, she had a .913 fielding percentage with three assists and just two errors.
All all-state teams are available at mshsca.org.
First base — Holly Weinberger, Waconia
Third base — Kenzie Grunst, Mankato West
Catcher — Abby Van Ryn, Faribault
Catcher — Bri Stoltzman, Mankato West
Center field — Joey Batt, New Ulm
Pitcher — McKayla Armbruster, Faribault
Pitcher — Ashlyn Donner, New Ulm
Pitcher — Brynn Hostettler, Northfield
Shortstop — Lauryn Hamernik, Winona
Shortstop — Alexandra Clark, Hill-Murray
Second base — Staci Meyer, Sauk Rapids-Rice
Catcher — Hailey Ehlers, Red Wing
Catcher — Jenna Hoops, Visitation
Catcher — Kaitlyn Istvanovich, Chisago Lakes
Pitcher — Annika Anderson, Winona
Pitcher — Corrie Weise, Becker
Right field — Haley Stockman, Mankato East
Right field — Madi Mueller, Mankato West
Shortstop — Hannah Mihalik, Hermantown
Shortstop — Sydney Decubellis, Orono
Third base — Sophie Smith, North Branch
Catcher — Josie Donaldson, St. Anthony
Catcher — Lindsey Rajala, Grand Rapids
Center field — Anikka Takkunen, Bemidji
Center field — Claire Bentfield, Minneapolis South
Pitcher — Trinity Junker, Chisago Lakes
Shortstop — Sarah Houlihan, Benilde-St. Margaret’s
Shortstop — Evette Morgan, Bemidji
Shortstop — Jillian Noel, Northfield
Shortstop — Jalissa Stoltzman, Mankato West
Shortstop — Gabby Herlofsky, St. Anthony
Shortstop — Abby Lake, Faribault
Second base — Alivia Mortenson, Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal
Second base — Karli Kawleski, New York Mills
Catcher — Megan Erickson, Randolph
Catcher — Haley Murray, Blackduck
Center field — Makenna Burlisle, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River
Left field — Mallory Rudningen, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
Pitcher — Sierra Van Dyke, Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian
Pitcher — Ryah Opsahl, Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal
Pitcher — Tiffany Thompson, New York Mills
Pitcher — Josie Pautzke, New Ulm Cathedral
Pitcher — Haley Wollschlager, Lac qui Parle Valley
Shortstop — Abby Mickle, Carlton
Shortstop — Jazzy Prins, Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian
Shortstop — Jaiden Conroy, Ortonville
Second base — Olivia Passe, Wabasha-Kellogg
Third base — Gabby Buckridge, Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian
Third base — Haley Simonson, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove
Third base — Cassie Henrichs, Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s
Third base — Jenna Frank, Wabasso
Catcher — Megan Rothmeier, Wabasso
Catcher — Jessie Ketola, Silver Bay
Center field — Annika Frost, New York Mills
Center field — McKenna Strong, Sleepy Eye
Left field — Riley Gilge, Kelliher/Northome
Pitcher — Morgyn Otte, Randolph
Pitcher — Trista Hering, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown
Shortstop — Katie Krieger, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
Shortstop — Kenna Salo, New York Mills
First base — Kia Heide, Nevis
First base — Nicole Hall, Nicollet
Catcher — Brianna Nelson, Nevis
Catcher — Bailey Schaefer, Brandon-Evansville
Catcher — Makena Spaeth, Mahnomen-Waubun
Catcher — Shelby Breiland, Red Lake Falls
Center field — Laney Brown, Murray County Central
Center field — Madison Starry, Frazee
Center field — Lauryn Franta, New Ulm Cathedral
Center field — Delaney Donahue, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown
Pitcher — Molly Carnell, Mountain Lake-Comfrey
Pitcher — Leah Weiss, Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s
Right field — Madaline Gustafson, Kimball
Shortstop — Cassandra Tensen, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa
Shortstop — Mackenna Otte, Randolph
Shortstop — Rylie Tollefson, Mountain Lake-Comfrey