Marshalltown senior Taylor Wagner rarely had the opportunity to come up with a game-winning hit for the Bobcats. She didn't get very many chances to drive in runs. Most coaches in the Central Iowa Metropolitan League called for four pitches off the plate.
But that didn't stop the future NCAA Division I catcher from leading the Marshalltown softball team in 11 offensive categories. She also rarely was challenged behind the plate by opposing baserunners.
That is why Wagner was honored with her second all-district honor. The graduated senior was named to the Class 5A West District squad Thursday by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. Wagner also was honored in 2010 as a sophomore.
BCLUW's Sarah McCoy was named to her third straight all-district squad when she landed on the Class 2A Central District team along with teammate Kendall Scurr, AGWSR batterymates Ashley Sicard and Ella Frazier, South Hardin catcher Kassidy Rewoldt, Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Taylor Flamme and West Marshall senior McKenna Hotopp.
The Class 3A Southeast District team also featured East Marshall teammates Katie Roseland and Mariah Fritz.
Wagner led the Bobcats (16-23) this season in 11 different categories at the plate. She hit a team-best .419 with a .585 slugging percentage. Her 54 hits, 28 runs, 16 doubles and 12 stolen bases were all tops on the team. Wagner, who will play for Eastern Michigan next season, shared the team lead in triples (1), RBIs (25) and walks (12) and struck out a team-low four times. She also committed no errors behind the plate.
McCoy hit .391 in the meat of the Comets' order and helped BCLUW finish 21-11. She also had a team-high three home runs and 25 RBIs at the plate while also holding down a .989 fielding percentage behind it. The Comets' starting catcher also threw out five baserunners and added 23 assists.
Three other area catchers made an all-district squad in Frazier, Rewoldt and Roseland.
Frazier and her batterymate Sicard led the Cougars to their first-ever state tournament berth and helped AGWSR (29-8) take third.
Sicard, a sophomore who earned her second consecutive all-district nod, was 28-4 in the circle with an earned run average of 0.72 and 231 strikeouts. She only allowed 21 earned runs on the season, walked just 34 and opponents hit a mere .158 off her. At the plate, Sicard also led the Cougars with six home runs and was second to Frazier in doubles (10) and batting average (.346).
Frazier hit a team-best .388, collected a team-high 11 doubles and her 24 RBIs tied for third best on the squad.
The other 2A catcher to earn an all-district spot was the NIACC-bound Rewoldt, who batted .424 with 18 RBIs for South Hardin. She also had a .976 fielding percentage, collected 34 assists and threw out 18 of 24 runners who tried to steal a base.
Scurr, Hotopp and Flamme all rounded out the area selections on the 2A Central District squad.
Scurr hit a team-best .484 from the lead-off spot in BCLUW's lineup. The Comet junior also scored 20 runs and was successful in 26 of her 30 steal attempts.
Hotopp, who will play at Marshalltown Community College, led West Marshall (8-23) with a .327 batting average. The Trojan utility player also scored 16 runs and blasted eight doubles.
Flamme, the G-R senior first baseman, hit .384 with 14 RBIs, 11 runs and nine stolen bases.
Roseland was tabbed to her second straight all-district honor after hitting .413 with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs. The 14 homers were tops in Class 3A and tied for fourth overall.
One of Roseland's batterymates was Fritz, a sophomore hurler who went 14-4 in the circle for the state tournament qualifier Mustangs (28-8).
Fritz struck out 137 batters in 124 2/3 innings with an earned run average of 1.91. She also batted .414.