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NEKL All-League Baseball & Softball Honors Awarded
By Jonny Kane

The high school baseball and softball season officially came to a close last week and with that the Northeast Kansas League has handed out its postseason baseball and softball all-league honors.

The Oskaloosa Bears led the way in the baseball all-league honors with six selections, as the Bears won the league with a perfect 7-0 record and finished with an overall record of 20-2. The Bears had both Hunter Reed and Jerod Shufflebarger earn first-team honors at pitcher, while Jared Miller earned a first team nod at catcher. Heath Knopp and Triston Hopkins also each earned all-league honors on the infield, while Lucas Hatfield finished up all-league selections for the Bears earning a first-team outfielder spot.

Maur Hill-Mount Academy finished with five all-league selections after finishing second in the league at 6-2, while ending the year with an overall record of 17-4. Ayden Black was the lone Raven to earn an all-league selection at pitcher, while Jared Thibault picked up all-league honors on the infield. Colten Kocour and Parker Mispagel rounded out position players that earned all-league honors for the Ravens, while Abe Siebenmorgen was an all-league selection at utility/designated hitter.

The remainder of the NEKL all-league baseball selections belonged to Pleasant Ridge and Valley Falls, as the Rams finished the league season 4-4 while the Dragons were 2-6. Cole Blanke and Konner Walker picked up the two first-team selections for the Rams at pitcher and infield, while the Dragons’ Cole Brosa in the outfield rounded out first-team all-league baseball honors.

On the softball side of the Northeast Kansas League it was Oskaloosa who dominated the all-league honors finishing with five selections, as the Lady Bears won the regular season title with a perfect 8-0 record before ending the year runner-up to Silver Lake at the 3A state tournament with an overall record of 22-4. Brylie Bassett picked up a first-team nod at pitcher, while on the infield the Lady Bears finished with two selections in Megan Miller and Paige Lowe. Oskaloosa had just one player earn all-league honors in the outfield in Jaden Courter, while Sophia Rockhold rounded out the Lady Bears all-league selections earning a first-team spot at utility/designated hitter.

McLouth finished right behind Oskaloosa in the league standings taking second with a 6-2 league record, and the Lady Bulldogs finished with four players on the all-league first team. Brooke Vicory earned a first-team nod at pitcher, while her battery mate Jennica Messer picked up an all-league selection at catcher. The Lady Bulldogs rounded out their all-league selctions on the infield, as Kimi Patterson and Madison Pope each earned first-team honors.

Valley Falls finished with three players on the first team, as the Lady Dragons took third in the league with a 4-4 league record and an overall mark of 16-7. Allison Kearney picked up an all-league selection at pitcher, while Reagan Kirkwood was named to the first team on the infield and Drew DeLong as an outfielder.

Maur Hill-Mount Academy and Pleasant Ridge rounded out the first-team all-league honors as the Lady Ravens had two players earn all-league honors in Emmaly Dryden and Maddie Baniewicz, while the Lady Rams had Sierra Robinson pick up a first-team nod as an outfielder.

Below is the complete list of all-league selections for the Northeast Kansas League.

2018 NEKL Baseball All-League First Team 

2018 NEKL All-League Softball First Team 
Ayden Black (Maur Hill) Pitcher
Hunter Reed (Oskaloosa) Pitcher
Jerod Shufflebarger (Oskaloosa) Pitcher
Cole Blanke (Pleasant Ridge) Pitcher
Jared Miller (Oskaloosa) Catcher
Jared Thibault (Maur Hill) Infield
Konner Walker (Pleasant Ridge) Infield
Heath Knopp (Oskaloosa) Infield
Triston Hopkins (Oskaloosa) Infield
Lucas Hatfield (Oskaloosa) Outfield
Cole Brosa (Valley Falls)Outfield
Colten Kocour (Maur Hill) Outfield
Parker Mispagel (Maur Hill) Outfield
Abe Siebenmorgen (Maur Hill) Utility/DH

Brylie Bassett (Oskaloosa) Pitcher
Allison Kearney (Valley Falls) Pitcher
Brooke Vicory (McLouth) Pitcher
Jennica Messer (McLouth) Catcher
Kimi Patterson (McLouth) Infield
Megan Miller (Oskaloosa) Infield
Madison Pope (McLouth) Infield
Reagan Kirkwood (Valley Falls) Infield
Emmaly Dryden (Maur Hill) Infield
Paige Lowe (Oskaloosa) Infield
Maddie Baniewicz (Maur Hill) Outfield
Drew DeLong (Valley Falls) Outfield
Jaden Courter (Oskaloosa) Outfield
Sierra Robinson (Pleasant Ridge) Outfield
Sophia Rockhold (Oskaloosa) Utility/DH

Honorable Mention Honorable Mention

Matthew Kuglin (McLouth)
Nathan Peltzer (Maur Hill)
Justin Shufflebarger (Oskaloosa)
Clayton Richter (Pleasant Ridge)
Diego Cervantes (Valley Falls)

Terri Lynne Dice (McLouth)
Lauren Kocour (Maur Hill)
Regan Curry (Oskaloosa)
Madison Ewert (Pleasant Ridge)
Laikyn Hawk (Valley Falls)


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