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Diamond stars headline 2014 Central DuPage All-Area team

Here are Suburban Life Media's 2014 selections

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 2:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:38 a.m. CDT
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Carley Pasquale
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Maggie Remus
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Jenna Foreman
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Maggie Graham
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Kat Meyer
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Aimee Gerhardt
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Laura Petzold
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Payton Carli
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Cece Dopart
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Taylor Langtry
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Sydney Benz
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Alex Caliva
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Marissa Gagliano

The state champions in the two largest classes of Illinois high school softball were awarded on Saturday. Now that the season is in the books, it's the perfect time to celebrate the accomplishments of softball from area high schools.

Sydney Benz

School: Glenbard North

Year: Senior

Impact: Headed to Louisville, this senior wrapped up an outstanding four-year varsity career over the weekend. The shortstop finished the spring with a .405 batting average while tallying 14 doubles, four triples, six homers and 41 runs scored.

Alex Caliva

School: Glenbard North

Year: Senior

Impact: Missing a portion of the spring due to a torn ACL suffered in the fall, this Illinois State recruit contributed immediately upon her early return. Batting in the No. 4 spot of a loaded lineup, Caliva hit .455 with 13 doubles, 20 runs scored and 25 RBIs.

Payton Carli

School: Glenbard South

Year: Sophomore

Impact: Bursting onto the scene as a freshman during the Raiders’ title run a year ago, this lefty slap hitter has turned out to be the perfect leadoff hitter. This spring, Carli batted .496 with a .543 on-base percentage. She scored a team-high 44 runs and also drove in 17.

Cece Dopart

School: Glenbard North

Year: Senior

Impact: This senior pitcher compiled a mark of 27-5 this spring. Throwing 216 innings for the Panthers, the righty struck out 324 batters while allowing just 119 hits. Dopart also contributed offensively, knocking out four doubles and four homers while driving in 23.

Jenna Foreman

School: West Chicago

Year: Junior

Impact: This Upstate Eight all-conference player was a terror on the base paths for the Wildcats. Foreman stole 51 bases, getting caught only once, and scored 49 runs. The junior batted .458 on the season with an on-base percentage of .577 and drove in 18 RBIs.

Marissa Gagliano

School: Wheaton Academy

Year: Senior

Impact: In a career of incredible offensive numbers, this senior did it again this spring for the Warriors. Gagliano batted .614 and also contributed 10 doubles. The shortstop scored 47 runs, stole 25 bases and notched 20 walks while striking out just three times.

Aimee Gerhardt

School: Glenbard South

Year: Senior

Impact: This senior put up some big offensive numbers this spring while switching from second base to third. Gerhardt batted .385 with a team-high 11 doubles, to go along with a triple and two homers. She also had a team-high 28 RBIs and scored 39 runs.

Maggie Graham

School: Wheaton Warrenville South

Year: Senior

Impact: This outfielder established herself as one of the better hitters in the DuPage Valley Conference this spring. Graham batted .442 with an on-base percentage of .484. She knocked out eight doubles and three home runs, drove in 18 and scored 20 runs.

Taylor Langtry

School: Glenbard West

Year: Senior

Impact: A mainstay in the pitching circle over her career at Glenbard West, this senior finished with a strong 2014 season. She had a record of 13-9 with an ERA of 1.31, striking out 171 in 143 2/3 innings. Langtry also hit .303 with three doubles and 10 RBIs.

Kat Meyer

School: Wheaton North

Year: Senior

Impact: This third baseman ended her high school career in a strong fashion. Meyer topped Wheaton North with her .366 batting average and also led the Falcons with five doubles and 17 RBIs. The senior also added three home runs and 14 runs scored.

Carley Pasquale

School: St. Francis

Year: Junior

Impact: This outfielder did a great job of setting the table for the Spartans offense, hitting .470 on the season with 24 walks for an on-base percentage of .580. Pasquale scored a team-high 40 runs while driving in 17 and also stole 16 bases.

Laura Petzold

School: Glenbard North

Year: Junior

Impact: After showing glimpses of stardom in the second half of last season, this outfielder has become one of the top position players in the area this spring. A left-handed batter, Petzold batted .504 with 13 doubles, five triples, five homers, 38 runs and 34 RBIs.

Maggie Remus

School: St. Francis

Year: Senior

Impact: Remus was a consistent all-around player throughout her tenure at St. Francis and this spring was no different. As the ace of the pitching staff, the senior went 18-3 with an ERA of 1.35 and 84 strikeouts. On the offensive side, she batted .408 with 24 RBIs.

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