It didn’t come as a surprise that Kirksville dominated the NCMC All-Conference selections in softball for the 2012 season.
After all, the Lady Tigers did tie Mexico for the top spot in the conference during the season at 11-1.
As for the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team, they closed out the season in third place in the NCMC with a record of 7-5, followed by Fulton at 5-7, Moberly and Hannibal each at 4-8 and Marshall at 0-12.
Boonville and Mexico each placed four players on the all-conference team while Fulton, Hannibal and Moberly each had two players selected and Marshall with one.
Boonville softball coach Christie Zoeller said it is always an honor as a coach to get players recognized and to hear the great things other coaches have to say about the girls when I attend the all-conference meeting.
“I think it is great that we were able to get four athletes on the team this year,” Zoeller said. “When I look at how we finished in conference play I am very proud of my team and we all know that it took every member of our team to get the second place finish.”
Keaira Schilling and Bethany Fountain of Kirksville and Danielle Baumgartner of Mexico were the only pitchers selected to the all-conference team.
As for the Boonville Lady Pirates, senior Emily Gerhardt, sophomores Addy Reardon and Olivia Imhoff and freshman Havyn Monteer were all selected as position players in the NCMC.
Other position players were: Anne Baker, Brooke Costley and Karen Baker of Mexico; Olivia Denslow, Haley Phillips and Sarah Hooper of Kirksville; Baileigh Horstmeier and Darci Deeping of Fulton; Gabby York and Kara Lockwood of Hannibal; Bailey Coleman and Taylor Fusselman of Moberly; and Abby Crawford of Marshall.
Gerhart, a two-year starter for the Lady Pirates, stepped up in more ways than one this season while moving from the shortstop position to third base. While currently hitting .436 for the season, which ranks third on the team, Gerhardt also has a team-leading 34 hits, 14 doubles and 30 RBIs. She also has 20 singles and 14 runs scored along with a fielding percentage of .850.
Zoeller said Gerhardt has done an exceptional job at the hot corner.
“She handles hard shots well and she has probably covered 90 percent of the bunts we’ve seen this year,” Zoeller said. “I am really proud of the way she has handled the position change and she leads the infield well. She has also really stepped up big at the plate for us this year. She is one of our leading hitters. I always felt confident when she steps to the plate that she is going to make something happen. I also think that it says a lot about her that she was only three points away from being the top position player chosen to the all-conference team.”
Sophomore Addy Reardon also picked up where she left off last season after leading the team in hitting. With the season still going strong, Reardon currently ranks first in average at .484, 11 base on balls, six triples and two home runs. She also has 30 hits in 62 at-bats with 18 singles, four doubles, 27 RBIs, 24 stolen bases and a fielding percentage of .900.
Zoeller said Reardon has done an amazing job at the plate this season.
“She is leading the team in batting average right now and is second for us in stolen bases,” Zoeller said. “Addy is just a very confident hitter and when she swings the bat it almost seems effortless. She has gotten a lot of bit hits for us this year and has driven in runs when we needed her to. she has also returned to left field for us this year. She is very fast in the outfield and moves well to the ball. I hope to continue to see big things from her in the future.”
As one of six repeaters on the all-conference team this season, Olivia Imhoff went from being one of the Lady Pirates top bunters last year to one of the main power hitters while currently averaging .380 with 27 hits in 71 at-bats with 19 singles, five doubles, two triples, one home run and 14 RBIs. Imhoff has also scored 31 runs, which currently ranks second, and has a fielding percentage of .929.
“Olivia has also done a great job at the plate this season,” Zoeller said. “She is also very fast on the basepaths so when we get her on we have a lot of fun moving her around. Olivia is also one of our most aggressive defensive players. she has seen playing time in center field and at catcher this year and has done an amazing job at both places. She definitely is one of those players that will sacrifice her body to find a way to stop the ball. At catcher, she also handles our pitchers very well and takes command of the field from behind the plate.”
Of course nobody sets the tempo better than Havyn Monteer, who hit in the lead-off spot for the Lady Pirates. While playing both shortstop and center field this season, Monteer is currently hitting .405 with a team-leading 33 runs scored and 27 singles. She also has 32 hits in 79 at-bats with one double, four triples and 12 RBIs not to mention a team-leading 34 stolen bases and a fielding percentage of .892.
“Havyn has been our lead off hitter this year and has done a great job setting the tempo of most games by getting on base early for us,” Zoeller said. “She is also like a flash of lightning on the basepaths. She is leading the team with 34 stolen bases which is an amazing number. I am confident when we get her on that she is going to find a way to score. She has also been our starting shortstop this year and does a great job covering a lot of ground. She has also seen some time on the mound and does a great job there as well. Havyn is very smart when it comes to playing this game. You can tell that she is always thinking about what should happen next.”