All-Metro softball first team

  • Updated: June 4, 2012 - 7:18 PM

FIRST TEAM

CAYLI SADLER

Maple Grove, sr., pitcher

• No player did more to make her team better. Controlled the game on the rubber, compiling a 22-1 record with 253 strikeouts and a 0.75 ERA , leading the Crimson to a berth in the Class 3A tournament. She pitched a one-hitter in her only loss, 1-0 to Park Center. Strong at the plate, hitting .350 with 14 RBI.

CARLEY PICKETT

North St. Paul, sr., P/1B

• Thought to be the top all-around player in the metro. Was able to focus more on hitting this year with the emergence of Tabitha Bayers. Hit .407 with three home runs and 20 RBI. A command pitcher with a baffling changeup, she was 7-3 with a 0.65 ERA and 81 strikeouts.

TABITHA BAYERS

North St. Paul, sr., pitcher

• Shared time with Carley Pickett, but was perhaps the better pure pitcher. Was a perfect 10-0 with a 1.53 ERA and 126 strikeouts during the regular season. Had seven complete games, one no-hitter and combined with Pickett for no-hitter.

HANNAH EVAVOLD

Bloomington Jefferson, jr., pitcher

• The junior carried the pitching load and shouldered high expectations for the Jaguars. Pitched all of the Jaguars' big games, posting a 14-0 record and a 0.99 ERA. One opposing coach called her "the best pitcher in the state." Committed to Minnesota.

NICOLE TOBON

Bloomington Jefferson, sr., catcher

• The best clutch hitter in the metro. In the final month of the regular season, Tobon hit four home runs that brought the Jaguars from behind and gave the team the lead. She hit .492, drove in 23 runs and struck out only five times. Has a very strong arm and limits stolen bases.

TAYLOR LEMAY

East Ridge, sr., catcher

• A young phenom who developed into a power hitter as she got older, Lemay carried the load this season for a young team. A Concordia-St. Paul signee, she hit .448 with five home runs and 18 RBI despite seeing few good pitches to hit.

CARLI RADIL

Minnetonka, sr., catcher

• A physical presence behind the plate, Radil's strong arm and quick release shut down opponents' running games. She was even better at the plate, hitting .544 with three home runs and leading the Skippers to the championship of the Lake Conference.

SYDNEY FABIAN

Hill-Murray, sr., 1B

• The University of Minnesota recruit hit .571 with three HR, 37 RBI and a 1.089 slugging percentage. "Rarely do you find a player like Sydney that can hit, pitch, field, run, and has a strong knowledge of how the game is played," said Hill-Murray coach Colleen Conway.

NICOLA TADE

Park Center, sr., Pitcher

• After back-to-back state titles, the Pirates made the jump from Class 2A to 3A this year and Tade kept them among the state's elite teams. Finished with a 15-4 record, a 0.53 ERA and 173 strikeouts. "She had as good or better a year than the last two," said coach Steve Ericson.

KATI FERN

Park Center, sr., CF

• A rare leadoff hitter who can play small - bunt and slap hit - but also drive the ball when needed. Batted .581 with a .608 on-base percentage. Her speed allows her to cover large areas of the outfield. Ericson called her Park Center's "biggest game-changer who always put pressure on the other team."

MADDIE HOULIHAN

Benilde-St. Margaret's, fr., 1B

• Put up eye-popping offensive numbers: Batted .645 (49-for-76) with 22 extra-base hits, 40 run scored, 27 RBI and a perfect 32-for-32 on stolen bases. "[She is] such a good all-around hitter I don't know how long I can keep her at leadoff," said coach Adrian Wagner.

ERIKA ROZELL

Lakeville North, soph., C

• An all-around threat at the plate, Rozell hit .434 in the tough South Suburban with 34 RBI and 14 extra-base hits. Coach Sean Hall, who knows a thing or two about softball, said Rozell "helped bring Lakeville North to the top of the conference and was our best hitter."

JIM PAULSEN

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