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Hoskey heads NICL West’s all-state trio

T-R FILE PHOTO - Senior Kodie Hoskey of East Marshall was named to the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association’s all-state softball first team in Class 2A.

Even in an abbreviated summer softball season, East Marshall senior pitcher Kodie Hoskey’s dominance in the circle affirmed her place as a player for the ages.

Hoskey was named to the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association’s All-State first team in Class 2A, making her the Mustangs’ first four-time honoree since Halie Stalzer in 2000-2003. She was one of three honorees from the North Iowa Cedar League’s West Division, joined by fellow seniors Renae Schaper of West Marshall and Kiersten Kruse. Schaper was a third-team pick in Class 3A for the third-straight summer, while Kruse earned third-team honors in 1A for her second all-state laurel.

Hoskey was twice named a third-team all-state pitcher before last year’s climb to the second team, and she earned one last promotion in spite of an East Marshall season shortened on both ends by the coronavirus pandemic.

Hoskey pitched all but one inning for East Marshall this summer, posting a 15-2 record as the Mustangs advanced to within one game of a return trip to the state tournament. The opportunity to advance back to Fort Dodge eluded East Marshall in the form of a positive COVID-19 test, ending the season team’s season on the brink of potential back-to-back trips to state.

In just 108 innings, Hoskey piled up 165 strikeouts, which ranked third in 2A and 12th in the state, as she became East Marshall’s all-time leader in the statistic. Her 1.17 earned run average was good for sixth in 2A, and fourth-best among pitchers who tossed 100 innings or more. Opposing batters hit just .177 against her.

T-R FILE PHOTO - Senior Kiersten Kruse of BCLUW was named to the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association’s all-state softball third team in Class 1A.

Offensively, Hoskey was the team’s fourth-leading hitter with a .302 batting average. She led the Mustangs with four doubles, one home run and 11 RBIs while walking nine times.

Schaper was West Marshall’s most potent hitter this summer, as she led the Trojans with a .351 average, four doubles and one triple. She scored 12 runs and drove in eight more, earning her third-straight all-state honor. She was a third-team selection in 2018 and a second-team pick last season.

As the Trojans’ first baseman, Schaper committed just one error in 108 total chances on defense, finishing with a .991 fielding percentage and three assists.

Kruse returned to the all-state squads with a third-team selection, two years after earning second-team honors in Class 1A. She led BCLUW with a .390 batting average, 22 runs scored, four triples and 24 stolen bases.

Kruse ranked seventh in 1A in stolen bases, going 24-for-24, and finished 15th in the entire state. She also shared pitching duties this summer and compiled a 5-3 record with one save, posting a 4.56 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings.

T-R FILE PHOTO - Senior Renae Schaper from West Marshall was named to the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association’s all-state softball third team in Class 3A.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Brianna Strohbehn was the area’s only Academic All-State selection. The Rebels’ first baseman committed just one error in 61 chances this summer, compiling a .984 fielding percentage.

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