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Times names softball 'Dream Team'


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Ashley Scott, of Capac, dives under the tag of Almont catcher Lyndsay Klebba in a BWAC softball confrontation earlier this season. photo by Kevin Kissane.

June 13, 2007
TRI-CITY AREA — From the opening pitch until the final out was registered, these were the players who set themselves apart from the rest.

Here is a glimpse at who was selected to The Tri-City Times All-Area softball squad and the numbers they amassed along the way:

Name: Mikayla Pardon

School: Imlay City

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Year: Sophomore

Years on varsity: One

Position: Pitcher

Throws: Righthanded

Record: Pardon amassed a 9-8 mark, with a 1.21 ERA, this spring.

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Mikayla Pardon, of Imlay City, fires a strike to home plate in action earlier this season. photo by Kevin Kissane.
In 110 innings of work, Pardon allowed 60 hits (48 singles, 10 doubles, one triple and one home run), struck out 195 and issued 37 walks. She faced a total of 443 batters.

Batting average: Pardon notched a .167 average, thanks to five singles in 30 at bats. Her level of plate proficiency was 10th best on the Imlay City ballclub and 14th out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

Postseason honors: She ended her first season on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention choice.

Name: Liz Cummings

School: Dryden

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Two

Position: Catcher

Batting average: Cum-mings ranked first on the Dryden ballclub and among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .506 average during the 2007 campaign.

She generated 36 singles, three doubles and two triples among 81 at bats.

Cummings also contributed a team-high 39 stolen bases and registered Dryden's second highest RBI output (22).

Defense: She also threw out 28 out of 34 opposing baserunners who attempted to steal.

Postseason honors: Cum-mings wrapped up her second campaign with Dryden's varsity as an All-North Central Thumb League first team selection.

Name: Amanda Gonzalez

School: Capac

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Four

Batting average: Gonz-alez logged a .415 average, thanks to 25 singles, seven doubles and a pair of triples in 82 at bats. Her level of plate proficiency was fourth best on the Capac ballclub and seventh out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

She also wielded a .436 on-base percentage, registered a team-high 19 RBI and tied for her squad's fourth highest walk output (four).

Postseason honors: Gonzalez finished her fourth season on Capac's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention pick.

Name: Morgan Iloncaie

School: Imlay City

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Four

Position: Third base

Batting average: Iloncaie ranked first on the Imlay City ballclub and sixth among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .426 average during the 2007 campaign.

She furnished 34 singles, eight doubles and one triple among 101 at bats.

Iloncaie also sported a .486 on-base percentage, swiped a team-high 15 bases, tied for her squad's third best RBI output (15), ranked fourth as far as runs scored (20) were concerned, drew four walks and was hit by a pitch twice.

Postseason honors: She capped her fourth season with Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference and All-District first team choice.

Name: Chanahl Putnam

School: Almont

Year: Junior

Years on varsity: One

Position: Third base

Batting average: Putnam supplied a .321 average, thanks to 26 hits in 81 at bats. Her level of plate proficiency was third best on Almont's squad and 12th out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

She also provided her team's second best RBI output (18), generated her squad's fifth highest run total (15) plus waited out five walks.

Postseason honors: Put-nam closed out her initial season on Almont's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Confer-ence honorable mention selection.

Name: Ashley Scott

School: Capac

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Three

Position: Shortstop

Batting Average: Scott ranked first on the Capac ballclub and third among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .461 average during the 2007 campaign.

She collected 30 singles, nine doubles and three triples among 91 at bats.

Scott also posted a .493 on-base percentage, tied for her team's second highest RBI (18) and walk (five) totals plus notched her team's third highest steal output (23).

Postseason honors: Scott finished her third season with Capac's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference and All-District first team pick.

Name: Sarah DeCeuninck

School: Dryden

Year: Sophomore

Years on varsity: One

Position: Shortstop

Batting average: DeCeuninck generated a .446 average, thanks to 28 singles, seven doubles, four triples and two home runs in 92 at bats. Her level of plate proficiency was third best on the Dryden ballclub and fourth out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

She also contributed her team's highest RBI (31) and run (29) outputs as well as her squad's second highest steal total (32).

Postseason honors: DeCeuninck ended her debut season on Dryden's varsity as an All-North Central Thumb League second team choice.

Name: Andrea Walker

School: Almont

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Three

Position: Shortstop

Batting average: Walker ranked first on the Almont ballclub and 10th among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .375 average during the 2007 campaign.

She finished with 25 hits among 74 at bats.

Walker also supplied a team-high 23 RBI plus tied for her squad's third best run output (16).

Postseason honors: Walker closed out her third season with Almont's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team selection.

Name: Brittany Super

School: Imlay City

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Four

Position: Second base

Batting average: Super mustered a .304 average, thanks to 28 singles and three doubles and in 102 at bats. Her level of plate proficiency was tied for fourth best on the Imlay City ballclub and 13th out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

She also sported a .367 on-base percentage, tied for her squad's second highest run output (22), generated her team's third highest steal total (13), collected seven RBI, drew five walks and was hit by a pitch on two occasions.

Postseason: Super capped her fourth season on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference firstteam pick.

Name: April Warner

School: Dryden

Year: Junior

Years on varsity: Three

Position: First base

Batting average: Warner ranked second on the Dryden ballclub and among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .491 average during the 2005 campaign.

She wound up with 17 singles, six doubles and three triples among 53 at bats.

The three-year varsity veteran also contributed 19 steals and nine RBI to Dryden's cause.

In addition to those numbers, Warner struck out just five times.

Postseason honors: Despite her considerable credentials, Warner's name was nowhere to be found when the North Central Thumb League announced their postseason honors recently.

Look for her to land a spot on that squad when next season rolls around.

Name: Marcia Van Dyk

School: Imlay City

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Two

Position: Leftfield/rightfield

Batting average: Van Dyk generated a .396 average, thanks to 34 singles, three doubles and a home run in 96 at bats. Her level of plate proficiency was second best on the Imlay City ballclub and eighth out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

She also managed a .520 on-base percentage, logged her team's top RBI output (23), tied for her squad's second best run total (22), stole six bases, waited out four walks and was hit by a pitch on two occasions.

Postseason honors: Van Dyk finished her second season on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference and All-District first team selection.

Name: Jessica Blackstock

School: Capac

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Three

Position: Centerfield

Batting average: Black-stock ranked third on the Capac ballclub and fifth among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .432 average during the 2007 campaign.

She had supplied singles, seven doubles, two triples and one home run among 95 at bats.

Blackstock also furnished a .460 on-base percentage, registered a team-high 46 stolen bases plus tied for her team's second highest RBI (18) and walk (five) outputs.

In addition to those numbers, Blackstock struck out just six times.

Postseason honors: Blackstock completed her third season with Capac's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference and All-District first team choice.

Name: Ashtyn Ballard

School: Imlay City

Year: Junior

Years on varsity: Two

Position: Centerfield

Batting average: Ballard produced a .330 average, thanks to 35 singles in 106 at bats. Her level of plate proficiency was fifth best on the Imlay City ballclub and 11th out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

She also posted a .441 on-base percentage, logged her team's highest run (24) and steal (19) totals, collected five RBI, waited out four walks and was hit by a pitch once.

Postseason honors: Ballard watched her second season on Imlay City's varsity wind down as an All-Blue Water Area Conference and All-District first team pick.

Name: Jessica Lavalla

School: Dryden

Year: Junior

Years on varsity: Two

Position: Rightfield

Batting average: Lavalla ranked fourth on the Dryden ballclub and ninth among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .385 average during the 2007 campaign.

She contributed 24 singles and six doubles among 78 at bats.

Lavalla also registered her team's third highest stolen base output (27), collected 18 runs, supplied 17 RBI and waited out 11 walks.

Postseason honors: She capped her second season with Dryden's varsity as an All-North Central Thumb League first team choice.

Second team - Alyssa Snyder, Imlay City, pitcher; Kristie Wheeler, Capac, pitcher; Ashley Mousseau, Capac, pitcher/first base; Lyndsay Klebba, Almont, catcher; Jessica Tatman, Imlay City, shortstop; Whitney Weston, Capac, second base; Katelyn Preisel, Imlay City, first base; Janet Gebauer, Almont, first base and Mallory Furgerson, Dryden.

Coach of the Year - For directing Imlay City to a 17-17 overall mark, including a 10-4 Blue Water Area Conference showing, Jean Bannister earns Tri-City Times All-Area Coach of the Year honors.

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