2018-07-12 / Sports

Popp, St. Mary lead Dream Team

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff

Four bases, three strikes, two teams and one winner.

These nine athletes showed out on the diamond, and made this year's Softball Dream Team.

The Dream Team is assembled in a collaborative effort between county coaches and the Enterprise sports staff.

St. Mary (18-7) had a strong season behind their great pitching and hitting. The Eagles played Frankfort to a tight 1-0 game in the district semifinal game.

Alexandra Kirt, Shannon Popp, Lexi Schaub and Jenna Sumner are the four athletes representing St. Mary for the Softball Dream Team.

The girls on the St. Mary team seemed to work hard towards their goals for the season, and the girls got along well.

“The group of girls that I got to play with made this season great,” Popp said. “We had a lot of fun together.”

The team played well on the season overall, and made some more memories during another great spring in Leelanau County.

“I think this year’s season overall was very good,” Sumner said. “We played really hard and had so much fun. I’m beyond grateful to have such an amazing team.”

The team made great strides throughout the year to compete well with the teams in the district, as well as the teams in the surrounding cities.

“I think we did really well as a team this year,” Schaub said. “It was a great way to go out as a senior.”

The team became a family over the year, and will certainly miss the seniors that helped the team to the season they had this year.

“This year’s team was like a family to me,” Kirt said. “Next year won’t be the same without our seniors.”

Glen Lake (11-15) made it to the district championship, but fell to the team from Frankfort. The Lakers send Reagan Middleton and Kaitlyn Schaub to the Softball Dream Team.

Middleton was in the middle of what the Lakers tried to do throughout the season. She was also one of the better pitchers on the team, next to Kaitlyn Schaub. Middleton finished the season with a batting average of .419, and constantly hit the ball hard throughout the season.

“I think I had a decent season,” Middleton said. “I really did well hitting and I think that I can improve, but I’m happy with my season overall.”

Kaitlyn Schaub led the way in the circle for the Lakers. Coach Gary Galla said that Schaub is, “one of the best power hitters I’ve ever coached”. As honorable mention for the All- State team, Kaitlyn Schaub has a great senior season coming forward.

“I had a fun season this year and hope my senior season is even better,” Kaitlyn Schaub said.

Suttons Bay (10-17-1) only had one senior on the team, and played with a lot of young talent. The team was still very competitive, and played with the sportsmanship that people should take notice of.

The Lady Norsemen that made the Softball Dream Team are Grace Periard, Laura Hursey and Morgan Kohler.

“We held our own and showed how competitive we can play,” Periard said. “We are a very young team.”

Periard was the strong pitcher for Suttons Bay, and pitched well throughout the season. What could a pitcher be, without a great catcher too?

Co-coach Nichele Hursey spoke highly of Kohler, as she will return next year for the Norse.

“Morgan has as strong an arm as any catcher we saw all season,” she said. “It will be great to have her back next year.”

Laura Hursey also made strong contact all season, and only struck out four times on the season. She also stole 25 bases.

“Laura led our team in many categories this year,” Nichele Hursey said. “She is a smart, consistent player.”

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