Seven from NICL West named to all-state softball

Bailey Ashton, Madison Farrington and Maria Rasmusson

The East Marshall softball team’s run to the state tournament was driven by a pair of all-staters, according to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association.

Mustang seniors Madison Farrington and Maria Rasmusson were both named to the IGCA’s Class 2A softball all-state first team, while junior pitcher Kodie Hoskey was picked for the second team.

This marks the second IGCA all-state honor for both Farrington and Hoskey, who were selected to the second and third teams, respectively, last summer, and the first of any kind for Rasmusson.

BCLUW senior pitcher Bailey Ashton also received first-team honors in Class 1A after helping lead the Comets to a No. 5 ranking and a 23-10 overall record. Her teammates — senior shortstop Easton Swanson and junior third baseman Kiersten Kruse — both garnered honorable mention.

West Marshall junior first baseman Renae Schaper collected all-state honors for the second year in a row, moving up from the 3A third team to the second team this summer.

Farrington, a catcher, finished atop the state — in all classes — with 68 RBIs this season, setting an East Marshall school record. Her new school-record 15 home runs ranked her second in 2A as she hit .451 with 14 doubles and one triple, reaching base at a .526 clip.

Rasmusson, who played second base, batted .508 with 11 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 45 RBIs. She scored 50 runs to share the team lead.

Hoskey had a 22-5 record in the circle for the Mustangs, striking out 174 batters in 170 innings. She posted a 1.94 earned run average and was named to the 2A state all-tournament team after helping East Marshall go 1-2 in Fort Dodge for a fourth-place finish.

Ashton, who was a 2A all-state honorable mention selection last summer, earned first-team laurels after going 20-5 in the circle this season. She struck out 176 batters in 164 innings and finished with a 1.37 ERA.

Kruse, who was a second-team all-state honoree last year, batted .421 with five doubles, one home run and 26 RBIs while stealing 29 bases in 31 attempts. In earning her first all-state honor, Swanson hit .437 with seven doubles, three home runs and 30 RBIs.

Schaper’s junior campaign included 28 runs scored, 14 doubles, six home runs and 34 RBIs to go along with a .472 batting average. She led West Marshall in each of those offensive categories.

The same seven aforementioned area softball players — all from the North Iowa Cedar League’s West Division — also represented their schools on their respective all-district teams, in addition to East Marshall head coach Jary Hoskey being named the 2A Northeast District’s Coach of the Year.