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2014 Star Times: Softball

The spring all-area softball team, as selected by the Seattle Times.


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Quinn Breidenbach

Enumclaw, P, So.

One of the state’s top prospects with multiple D-I offers, Breidenbach is a key reason the unbeaten Hornets should contend for the 3A state title. She brings in a 19-0 record and 0.33 ERA with 200 strikeouts in 1062 / 3 innings. Her hitting numbers are impressive, too — .554 average and .867 slugging percentage (including 15 doubles) with 39 RBI.

Bailey Seek

Snohomish, P, Sr.

Whether she’s in the circle or at the plate, Seek (who also plays first base) gets the job done for 22-1 Snohomish, which is headed to the 4A state tournament for the first time since 2000. She is 14-1 with a 1.15 ERA with 146 strikeouts in 97 innings. Offensively, she’s hitting .406 (.667 slugging percentage). Signed with Weber State.

Claire McCarthy

Holy Names, C, Sr.

Widely considered the best catcher in the program’s storied history, McCarthy is an exceptional leader with a strong arm and big bat (.617 batting average, 1.298 slugging percentage with 26 extra-base hits). She has piled up 43 runs and 41 RBI in leading the Cougars back to the 3A state tournament. Signed with Bowdoin College.

Maddy Kristjanson

Mountlake Terrace, IF, Sr.

Kristjanson, one of the state’s best defensive shortstops (three errors in four seasons) is a repeat Star Times selection headed to Seattle University. She also pitches and is a clutch hitter, leading the team in runs scored (32) and RBI (39). Her .520 average includes six doubles, three triples and 10 home runs (1.096 slugging percentage).

Mia Corbin

Tahoma, IF, So.

Corbin keyed the Bears’ unbeaten run through the regular season and helped them secure another trip to the 4A state tourney. She is a two-time Player of the Year in the SPSL North and has 29 runs, 19 RBI, and 24 steals. Committed to play soccer at Cal.

Kaija Gibson

Redmond, IF, So.

Already committed to Washington, Gibson is a key reason the Mustangs are headed to the 4A state tourney for the first time since 2009. The smooth shortstop is a leading candidate for KingCo MVP and has impressive overall numbers on the season: .574 batting average, 1.393 slugging percentage, 21 steals, 38 runs and 35 RBI.

Maggie Gallagher

Kennedy Catholic, IF, So.

Gallagher batted better than .800 for most of the season and finished at .695 with a .760 on-base percentage and 1.373 slugging percentage (including 11 home runs). She scored 40 runs and drove in 47 (in 59 at bats), striking out just twice.

Trysten Melhart

Snohomish, OF, Sr.

The best all-around player in WesCo 4A keeps getting better, earning a second straight Star Times honor. She takes runs away on defense, and helps provide them on offense, scoring 49 times with 26 RBI. Melhart, a UW signee, leads the 22-1 Panthers into the 4A state tournament.

Taty Forbes

Redmond, OF, Jr.

Forbes chases down everything close for the state-bound Mustangs, and uses her uncanny quickness to her advantage on offense. She makes a habit of getting on base (.500 batting average) and is a terror on them with 38 steals in 39 attempts.

Riley Gregoire

Bainbridge, OF, Jr.

Gregoire, who also plays second base, dazzles in the field and at the plate for the Spartans. She batted .562 in leading Bainbridge back to the 3A state tournament and is considered the team’s best all-around player.

Katlyn Purvis

Snohomish, Utility, Sr.

A four-time All-WesCo 4A selection, Purvis is a rock-solid defender at third base and shortstop for the once-beaten Panthers and has pop in her bat, too. Her .545 batting average includes 12 extra-base hits. She has scored 27 runs and driven in 32 to help lead her team to state. Signed with Kent State.

Coach

Dino Josie, Kennedy Catholic

Josie, who just completed his 21st season, is the only head fastpitch coach the school has had and runs a consistent program that has netted nine consecutive Seamount League championships. This year’s squad finished 21-3, raising his career mark to 311-173. The Lancers have made six state appearances and won 3A titles in 2007 and ’08.

Sandy Ringer



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