2018 All-Area Softball Team
The 2018 Superior Telegram All-Area Softball team includes just three returning members from last year’s squad.
The top returnee is Superior High School’s Erin Thompson, the 2018 Superior Telegram Player of the Year and a three-time member of the team.
Other returning players are Superior’s Mady Stariha and Solon Springs’ Morgan Anderson.
Rounding out the team are Superior’s Oliva Hunker, Autumn Siers and Alee Milinkovich-Gray; Northwestern’s Tory Anderson, Mac Correll, Karsyn Jones and Allison Luoma; and Solon Springs’ Kylli Rajala.
Sr. • SS • Superior
- Had a .453 batting average with nine doubled, four triples, seven home runs and 35 RBIs. ... Only walked six times, but most, if not all, were intentional. ... Had an outstanding 1.428 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage).
- The future Minnesota Duluth Bulldog was named a first-team shortstop on the Lake Superior Conference All-Conference team.
- “I consider Erin to be the best softball player in the Lake Superior Conference,” SHS coach Mike Sather said. “She could also arguably be the best hitter ever at SHS.”
Jr. • SS • Solon Springs
- Was 20-for-36 for a .556 batting average. Finished with three doubles, four triples, one home run and 11 RBIs.
- Also led team with 29 runs scored and 21 stolen bases.
- Was a first-team selection on Indianhead Conference All-Conference team.
- One of three returnees on the 2017 Superior Telegram All-Area team (Superior’s Erin Thompson and Mady Stariha).
Jr. • P • Superior
- Equally dangerous as a pitcher or hitter. Had an average of .394 with seven doubles, two triples, one home run and 17 RBIs. … On the mound, she won 13 games and had a 0.972 ERA with 141 strikeouts and 22 walks.
- The future Binghamton (N.Y.) University Bearcat was a first-team selection on the Lake Superior Conference All-Conference team.
- “Not only is Mady the best pitcher in the Lake Superior Conference, but she is one of the best all-around players,” SHS coach Mike Sather said. “An outstanding pitcher, hitter and fielding … she can do it all.”
Jr. • 2B • Northwestern
- The three-year varsity starter batted .387 with seven doubles and 22 RBIs. ... She also had a .536 on-base percentage and .532 slugging percentage.
- First-team member on the Heart O’ North Conference All-Conference team and recipient of the Tigers’ Coaches Award.
- “Mackenzie is a versatile player able to play all infield and outfield positions,” NHS coach Scott Janigo said. “Mackenzie is able to bunt and swing for power from the second spot in the lineup.”
Sr. • 3B • Superior
- Batted .339 with 29 hits, six doubles, one triple and 16 RBIs. She also had an on-base percentage of .453 and scored 21 runs.
- Was a second-team selection on the 2018 Lake Superior Conference All-Conference softball team.
- “Olivia turned out to be a super team leader,” SHS coach Mike Sather said. “She did a super job at third base and was a solid hitter all year, game in and game out.”
Fr. • P • Northwestern
- Pitched four games for the junior varsity team before an injury provided her the opportunity to pitch for the Tigers at the varsity level.
- She finished with a 9-3 record, including a perfect 7-0 in Heart O’ North Conference play. She had a 2.40 ERA with 81 strikeouts and three shutouts.
- Was named the Tigers’ MVP and was a first-team member on the Heart O’ North All-Conference team.
Jr. • CF • Superior
- In her first year as the Spartans’ full-time starting center fielder and leadoff hitter she had a batting average of .387 with 29 hits, which included five doubles, two triples and 10 RBIs. She also stole four bases.
- Was a second-team selection on the Lake Superior Conference All-Conference softball team.
- “Is one of the best outfielders in the conference,” Sather said. “Autumn has developed into a great softball player. She has all the tools — she can run, throw and hit for average and power.”
Jr. • C • Northwestern
- Batted .392 with three doubles and 15 stolen bases. Also had an on-base percentage of .584 and a slugging percentage of .647.
- The first-year catcher was named the Tigers’ most valuable player on defense and was first-team all-conference. ... She will spend the summer playing for the Minnesota A’s.
- “Tory has exhibited poise, confidence and a passion to play the game since her freshman season,” NHS coach Scott Janigo said. “She used her speed and athleticism to throw out many runners at second base.
Soph. • IF/P • Solon Springs
- Was 23-for-36 batting for a whopping .639 average. Had three doubles, six triples, 18 RBIs and 19 runs scores.
- Only struck out once all season and stole 18 bases.
- Was a first-team selection on Indianhead Conference All-Conference softball team.
- Was also on the 2017-18 Superior Telegram All-Area Basketball Team.
Sr. • 2B • Superior
- A non-starter at the beginning of the season, Milinkovich-Gray was one of Superior’s most-feared hitters later on. She finished with a .407 batting average, which included 15 hits, two doubles, eight RBIs and an on-base percentage of .485.
- Was second-team on the 2018 Lake Superior Conference All-Conference softball team.
- “Alee was the biggest surprise all year,” SHS coach Mike Sather said. “She turned out to be one of the best hitters on the team and she also made some of the biggest defensive plays of the year at second base.”
Soph. • CF • Northwestern
- The varsity rookie batted .415 with 29 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. ... She also had a .519 on-base percentage and .538 slugging percentage.
- Was named second team on the Heart O’ North All-Conference softball team and was named the Tigers’ top player on offense.
- “Karsyn used her speed to run down many apparent base hits into the outfield and her powerful arm to throw out runners at third base and home,” NHS coach Scott Janigo said. “Karsyn also had an impressive season at the plate.”