Pitchers

Kailey Ahlstrom, Prior Lake, sr.: A hard-throwing lefty with a power fastball and pitching savvy, moving the ball around and hitting spots. Posted a 17-2 record with 0.97 ERA and 181 strikeouts before to the Class 4A, Section 2 final. Signed with Middle Tennessee State.

Megan Baniecke, Forest Lake, sr.: Has the best fastball in the state, clocked as fast as 65 mph. Came back from a season of injury to post a 14-2 record with 97 strikeouts and 1.53 ERA. Hit .406 with six HR and 28 RBI. Committed to University of St. Thomas.

Sarah Johnson, Annandale, sr.: Five-year starter led the Cardinals to the state tournament. Hard thrower with impeccable control. Record of 18-0, 0.56 ERA, 207 strikeouts and just four walks this season. More than 1,000 career strikeouts. Signed with Bemidji State.

Maddie Schwartz, Chanhassen, sr.: Stepped in as the Storm's ace and elevated a program with seven new starters. 13-4 record with 1.09 ERA, 130 strikeouts and three no-hitters. Hit .556 with eight home runs and 34 RBI. Signed with Wisconsin.

Catchers

Abby Lien, Eastview, sr.: Talented enough to play anywhere. Also excelled at shortstop. A tough, competitive leader with a knack for big hits. Hit .460 with an .841 slugging percentage, seven home runs and 23 RBI. Signed with Iowa.

Abby Sagert, Prior Lake, sr.: Controls the game from behind the plate. Strong arm and rapid release keep opponents from running once on base. Tough out at the plate, hitting .458 with five home runs and 28 RBI. Signed with Illinois.

Fielders

Holly Blaska, Champlin Park, SS, jr.: Left-handed hitter is a natural at the plate. Exceptional bat control and softball IQ. Hits for power, .597 average with seven HR and 28 RBI. Had base hits in 19 of 20 games. Committed to Miami of Ohio.

Natalie DenHartog, Hopkins, SS, sr.: Remarkably versatile, adding pitching to her résumé this season, posting five victories and 105 strikeouts. Hit .553 with 10 HR, 22 RBI and 27-for-27 on stolen base attempts. Cannon for an arm. Signed with Minnesota.

Emily Hansen, Buffalo, SS, sr.: Metro Player of the Year and most feared hitter in the state. Exceptional vision and strike-zone awareness. Ball jumps off her bat. Hit .568 with 15 home runs (one shy of the state record) despite rarely seeing hittable pitches. Signed with Minnesota.

Mary Pardo, Blaine, 2B, sr.: A natural hitter blessed with enviable hand-eye coordination. Finished the season hitting .521 with 23 extra-base hits, including 12 home runs and 42 RBI. Steady with great range in the field. Signed with Augustana (S.D.)

Delaney Young, Park of Cottage Grove, SS, sr.: Third position in three seasons; all-state at 1B in 10th grade, all-state at 3B in 11th. Clutch hitter who hits for average and power. Hit .571 with six HR, 30 RBI and 32 runs scored. Signed wth Augustana (S.D.)

Madi Meduna, Park of Cottage Grove, OF, jr.: Excellent speed and range in the outfield, routinely saves hits. Gap hitter with power to all fields and a knack for getting on base. Hit .474 with 16 extra-base hits, 21 runs scored and 33 RBI.

JIM PAULSEN