With the softball season in the books, we look back at 20 of the best local players this year in the 2012 Tacoma Weekly All-City Softball Team – which includes several senior superstars who put exclamation points on their outstanding careers.
Wilson senior pitcher Janessa Flynn led her team to third place in state by again dominating on the mound – going 13-3 with a 1.25 earned run average (ERA) and 93 strikeouts in 95 innings – but also astounded at the plate, batting .526 with a team-high 40 hits and 31 runs batted in (RBI). Sister Alex Flynn added to the Rams’ dominance on the mound, going 9-0 with a 1.97 ERA in 64 innings and batting .438 with nine RBIs to merit a selection. Bellarmine Prep sophomore Courtney Schwan continued a dominant start to her career, as the Narrows 4A MVP Pitcher went 14-6 and tallied 124 strikeouts while notching a .450 batting average with a team-high 30 RBIs. Stadium’s Samantha Townsend rounds out the pitching group, as the senior played hurt most of the season but still racked up four wins on the mound while also driving in seven runs to help the offensive effort.
Wilson catcher Alexa Olague capped off her high school career with another solid offensive season, hitting .409 with two homers and 28 RBIs for the Rams. Mount Tahoma’s Bailee Larson once again provided scary power for the Thunderbirds in the middle of the lineup, as the junior will look to lead the team next year.
Stadium senior first baseman Brittney Lott highlights the infield group, as she hit .574 with four homers, 24 RBIs and scored 18 runs. Tigers second baseman Kenley O’Hanlon was also solid toward the top of the lineup for Stadium, showing speed and athleticism and hitting .476 with three triples, a homer and 16 runs scored. Bellarmine junior first baseman Alex DeStephano stepped up huge for the Lions, hitting .443 with a team-high 13 extra base hits and 23 RBIs. Lions’ second baseman Haley Dusek continued to be a key leader, as the senior hit .430, scored a team-high 26 runs, stole seven bases and drove in 24 runs. Wilson senior shortstop Riley Jornlin showed a patient approach at the plate, leading the Rams with 20 walks while hitting .406 with 30 runs scored and 11 RBIs. Ram teammate Darian Grimm stepped up to hit .347 with six doubles, two homers and 17 RBIs for Wilson. The Rams’ Kylie Bretzel completed a solid infield, manning first base and hitting .347 with 16 runs scored and nine RBIs. Lincoln junior third baseman Maryssa Tippett was a run-producing machine again for the Abes, demonstrated by a two-homerun game against Mount Tahoma in April in which she collected seven RBIs. Sophomore Shelby Fisher, a Charles Wright student playing for Life Christian, earned a selection after hitting .450 for the Eagles this year and being a key leader on the team.
Wilson senior outfielder Taylor Clark continued to be one of the stronger hitters in the city, smacking seven homers and driving in 21 runs to go along with a .333 batting average. Teammate Kaysha Fox was a force in the leadoff spot for the Rams, hitting .397 with two homers, six triples and 14 RBIs, stealing 13 bases and scoring a team-high 31 runs. Bellarmine senior Kelly McLaughlin was another excellent leadoff hitter, tallying a team-high 38 hits – including a 13-game hitting streak – on her way to batting .450 with 25 runs scored. Senior teammate Sarah Sorenson batted .391 with 16 RBIs and 23 runs scored, while also putting up a .490 on-base percentage to earn a nod. The Lions’ Rebecca Sorenson earned the nod for the utility spot, as the freshman forced her way into the lineup and hit .418 with 12 RBIs on the year.
This wealth of experience this year once again produced several solid playoff runs, and we look forward to see what is on tap for next year.
P Janessa Flynn – SR – Wilson
P Alex Flynn – JR – Wilson
P Courtney Schwan – SO – Bellarmine Prep
P Samantha Townsend – SR – Stadium
C Bailee Larson – JR – Mt. Tahoma
C Alexa Olague – SR – Wilson
IF Kylie Bretzel – SR – Wilson
IF Alex DeStephano – JR – Bellarmine Prep
IF Haley Dusek – SR – Bellarmine Prep
IF Shelby Fisher – SO – Life Christian
IF Darian Grimm – SO – Wilson
IF Riley Jornlin – SR – Wilson
IF Brittney Lott – SR – Stadium
IF Kenley O’Hanlon – SR – Stadium
IF Maryssa Tippett – JR – Lincoln
OF Taylor Clark – SR – Wilson
OF Kaysha Fox – JR – Wilson
OF Kelly McLaughlin – SR – Bellarmine Prep
OF Sarah Sorenson – SR – Bellarmine Prep
UT Rebecca Sorenson – FR – Bellarmine Prep