Since the very start of this season it was apparent that Tacoma had a number of softball standouts poised for remarkable seasons. Add that to the number of young players having breakout seasons, and it resulted in an extremely talented crop of players within the city limits. Tacoma Weekly’s all-city softball team highlights 15 of the top players within Tacoma.
Our all-city pitching staff is led by Wilson junior Janessa Flynn, who posted a perfect 8-0 record, allowing only one earned run in 47 innings for a 0.15 earned run average. Flynn regularly made tossing no-hitters look easy, and added 64 strikeouts to her impressive resume. Equally as impressive was imposing Stadium starter Heidy Wells, who earned the Narrows 4A MVP pitcher award and led the team with a wicked array of pitches. Wells posted a 10-1 record, a 0.85 ERA with 122 strikeouts in 71.5 innings, and also batted .521 during the regular season with two home runs and 23 runs batted in. Bellarmine freshman Courtney Schwan burst onto the scene in 2011 to post a 9-4 record with a 0.81 ERA, striking out 105 batters in 84 innings while only allowing 34 hits.
The infielders are led by Curtis third baseman Brittanie Halquist, who led the 4A South Puget Sound League with an amazing 35 RBIs on the season while batting .500. Halquist notched eight doubles, seven triples and two home runs, posting a 1.038 slugging percentage. Halquist is joined in the infield by Stadium first baseman Brittney Lott and second baseman Kenley O’Hanlon. Lott, who garnered the Narrows 4A position player MVP award, hit .582 for the Tigers, with 22 runs batted in and 18 stolen bases. O’Hanlon was just as impressive, hitting .561 with 17 RBIs on the year. Bellarmine junior second baseman Haley Dusek joins the team as she hit .404 in Narrows League play, with three home runs and 13 RBIs in leading the Lions from the leadoff spot. Lincoln infielder Maryssa Tippett rounds out the infielders after hitting .576 and putting up an impressive .721 on-base percentage for the Abes.
Wilson outfielders Taylor Clark and Kaysha Fox put up impressive offensive numbers to join the all-city squad. Clark hit .449 entering the state tournament, and ended up with six home runs and 27 RBIs on the season. Fox, meanwhile, hit .418 on the season, with two home runs and 22 runs scored for the Rams. They are joined in the outfield by Bellarmine’s Kelly McLaughlin, who put up a .378 average in league play, with three home runs and 15 runs batted in while adding solid defense for the Lions.
Curtis catcher Molly Yoshikawa hit .574, with nine triples and a league-leading 31 runs scored to earn a selection. Yoshikawa’s 1.191 slugging percentage also topped the 4A SPSL charts. Mount Tahoma sophomore Bailee Larson also earned a nod at catcher after hitting over .500 with two home runs, including a grand slam for the Thunderbirds.
One of the more dynamic player’s in the group is Wilson’s Alexa Olague, whose ability to play third base and catcher earned her the utility player spot. Olague matched her fielding prowess with a powerful bat, collecting 36 hits heading into the state tournament for a .581 average with 24 RBIs. Olague’s teammate Kylie Bretzel earned the designated hitter spot after batting .420 with 13 RBIs.
While the gaudy numbers put up by these players screams of experience, the more exciting thing is that most of this team returns next season, ensuring that Tacoma will have a talented core of players to watch next year as well.