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Sports

Meet Suburban Life Media's south all-area softball team

Benet, Bolingbrook, Downers North, Downers South, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, Lemont, Lisle and Westmont comprise team

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

Stephanie Abello

School: Benet

Year: Junior

Impact: Abello’s numbers speak for themselves: A .481 batting average, 48 runs scored, and an incredible 63 RBIs and 22 home runs, the latter total tying her for second in the Illinois High School Association record book for homers in a season.

Jessica Andree

School: Downers Grove South

Year: Senior

Impact: Headed to Belmont to play in college, this West Suburban Gold all-conference pick was a powerful offensive weapon as he batted .441 with 33 RBIs, 38 runs scored and six home runs.

Kelsey Gockman

School: Downers Grove North

Year: Senior

Impact: The West Suburban Silver all-conference selection and Hillsdale College (Mich.) recruit moved from the middle of the order to leadoff and still hit .416 with 27 runs scored, 18 RBIs and five home runs this season.

Caroline Hedgcock

School: Downers Grove South

Year: Sophomore

Impact: The West Suburban Gold all-conference pick built upon a solid freshman season by batting .414 with 20 RBIs and 19 runs and posting a 1.54 ERA inside the pitching circle.

Rylie Jay

School: Lemont

Year: Junior

Impact: This Western Illinois commit didn’t slow down this spring after a breakout sophomore campaign. She topped the Indians with 48 RBIs, hitting .491 with 12 doubles, four triples and seven home runs. The three-year starter also scored 49 runs.

Faith Koffron

School: Hinsdale Central

Year: Senior

Impact: The West Suburban Silver all-conference pick led Central’s regular players with a .489 average and 38 RBIs, tied for the team lead with eight home runs, and also scored 24 runs.

Megan Lotarski

School: Bolingbrook

Year: Junior

Impact: The Raiders’ ace pitcher held opponents to a .149 batting average during the regular season. The SouthWest Suburban Blue all-conference pick struck out 240 batters and had a 1.40 ERA.

Maria Prete

School: Westmont

Year: Senior

Impact: The SIU-Edwardsville recruit, four-year varsity starter at shortstop and Interstate Eight all-conference selection set a school record for steals in a season this spring (41) while batting .528 with 40 runs scored and four home runs.

Julianne Rurka

School: Benet

Year: Senior

Impact: The Providence College recruit and East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year batted . 484 with nine home runs, 43 RBIs and a team-high 52 runs scored to help the Redwings to the ESCC title.

Dale Ryndak

School: Downers Grove North

Year: Senior

Impact: The Arizona State-bound Ryndak was dominant as both a pitcher (17 shutouts, perfect game, no-hitter) and batter this season and was named Gatorade Illinois Player of the Year and West Suburban Silver all-conference.

Kristen Skala

School: Westmont

Year: Junior

Impact: The Sentinels’ ace pitcher and three year varsity starter picked up 16 wins, had a 1.78 ERA and struck out 243 batters. The Interstate Eight all-conference pick helped her own cause at the plate by batting .378 with 35 RBIs.

Summer Stitt

School: Lisle

Year: Senior

Impact: The Lions’ ace pitcher saw the majority of the innings inside the circle this season and helped her own cause at the plate by leading Lisle with a .492 batting average.

Maddy Vermejan

School: Lemont

Year: Sophomore

Impact: This second baseman turned in a monster campaign this spring. She led Lemont with eight home runs and 54 runs scored, hit .477 with 13 doubles, seven triples and eight home runs, and added 40 RBIs.

HONORABLE MENTION

Benet: Marissa Panko, Emily York

Bolingbrook: Jen Jacobson

Downers Grove North: Anne Lusher, Zoe Varsbergs, Ali Woitovich

Downers Grove South: Kristin Bialek, Caitlyn Daly, Zahrya McFarland, Melissa Orton

Hinsdale Central: Annie Bruns, Emma Day, Annemarie Tracey

Hinsdale South: Holli Jones, Mackenzie Kern

Lemont: Lauren May, Anna Smagacz

Lisle: Bella Daly, Melissa Ericson, Lauren Holub

Westmont: Lindsay Brockoff, Skyler Poel, Vanessa Possodoni

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