The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers softball team finished the 2017 season with a first over the weekend while playing for the state title at Killian Sports Complex in Springfield.
Although the Lady Tigers fell short against Canton 6-1 for the Class 1 title, they still managed to put up 21 wins on the season while capturing both a conference and district title.
As for the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team and the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs, they were both in rebuilding years while finishing 11-13 overall and 6-17, respectively.
In all, 10 of the 16 players selected to the all-district team were repeaters from last year with nine named to the first team and one named to the second team.
Heading the first team from the surrounding area was Camryn Monteer, Jamie Lemmons and Kyle Johnson of Boonville, Samarah Bailey, Mel Wolfe, Emily Schupp and Reagan Walker of Pilot Grove and Grace Hundley, Madison Matney and Kacie White of New Franklin.
Second team selections were Leigha Vollmer of Boonville, Natalie Rentel and Sasha Moore of Pilot Grove and Shelby Breshears, Lauren Evans and Sydney Dowell of New Franklin.
The Class 1 and 3 All-Region softball teams were also released  with seven players heading the list from the Boonslick area.
Named to the All-Region Team were Monteer, Lemmons, Bailey, Schupp, Wolfe, Hundley and Madison Matney of New Franklin.
The following is a brief synopsis of each area player selected to the all-district team:
BOONVILLE
Camryn Monteer, Sr.,
Shortstop
A three-year starter for the Lady Pirates, senior Camryn Monteer sure didn’t disappoint in 2017 while leading the team with a .558 average along with 43 hits, 31 singles, 11 doubles and 34 runs scored. Monteer also had a team-high 38 stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .600. At shortstop, Monteer had 93 putouts with only three errors for a fielding percentage of .969.
As the lead off hitter for Boonville, Monteer had 15 multi-hit games out of 29 and finished with six three-hit games and was 4-for-4 in the championship game against Dixon in the Versailles Tournament.
Jamie Lemmons, Jr., First Base
As one of six underclassmen to make the list on the all-district team, Boonville junior Jamie Lemmons also returned at first base for the Lady Pirates and finished the season with a team-leading seven home runs, 11 walks and a slugging percentage of .985. Lemmons also hit .522 for the season with 35 hits in 67 at-bats with 19 singles, eight doubles, one triple and 22 RBIs.
Kyla Johnson, Sr., Catcher
As the starting catcher/third baseman this past season for Boonville, senior Kyla Johnson returned from a serious knee injury the year before to give the Lady Pirates some stability behind the plate. In 24 games this season, Johnson hit .394 with 28 hits in 71 at-bats with 17 singles, nine doubles, one triple, one home run and two RBIs. Johnson also scored 10 runs while finishing with an on-base percentage of .429 and a slugging percentage of .592.
Leigha Vollmer, Sr., Outfielder
Boonville senior Leigha Vollmer had no problem making the switch from left field to center field this season for the Lady Panthers. While finishing with a fielding percentage of over .800 for the season, Vollmer also hit .359 with a team-leading 28 RBIs  and 78 at-bats at the No. 2 hole in the lineup. She also finished the season with 28 hits along with 21 singles, six doubles, one home run and 17 runs scored.
PILOT GROVE
Samarah Bailey, Jr., Pitcher
Pilot Grove junior Samarah Bailey was the only pitcher from the area to make the all-district team. While leading the Lady Tigers to a second place finish at the state tournament, Bailey also finished the season with a record of 19-4 with an ERA of 0.745. She also threw 141 of the team’s 171 1/3 innings and gave up just 47 runs on 83 hits while walking only 28 batters and striking out 244. Bailey also had several big hits throughout the season while finishing with a .411 clip with 39 hits in 95 at bats with a team-leading 32 singles along with six doubles, one home run and 31 RBIs.
Mel Wolfe, Jr., Catcher/Pitcher
Pilot Grove coach Neal Bailey must have saw something in junior Mel Wolfe at the catcher position this season for the Lady Tigers. While splitting time last year in the circle, Wolfe started at catcher in 22 of the 29 games and finished with a team-leading .489 average with 44 hits in 90 at-bats with 40 RBIs, .510 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .889. She also had 24 singles, 11 doubles, two triples and 22 runs scored.
Reagan Walker, Sr., Second Base
As a repeater on the all-district team, Walker also returned as the only four-year starter for the Lady Tigers. While switching to second base this season, Walker hit .344 with 33 hits in 96 at-bats with 23 singles, six doubles, a team-leading four triples, 15 RBIs and 38 runs scored, which also ranked first. She also finished second in walks with 12 and stolen bases with 16.
Emily Schupp, Jr., Shortstop
Junior Emily Schupp also returned at shortstop this season for the Lady Tigers under head coach Neal Bailey.
While appearing in all 29 games, Schupp had the catch to end the game in the quarterfinal round against Clopton and had the catch in the semifinal round against Chaffee while going up the middle and throwing out the runner to end the inning.
For the season, Schupp hit .416 with 37 hits in 89 at-bats with 30 singles, six doubles, one triple and 14 RBIs. She also scored 32 runs and led the team with 13 walks and 24 stolen bases.
Sasha Moore, Sr., Third Base
After a one-year absence from the team, Pilot Grove senior Sasha Moore came back strong as ever for the Lady Tigers while playing the corner at third base.
In 29 games, Moore hit .316 with 25 hits in 79 at-bats with 18 singles, six doubles, one triple and 23 RBIs. Moore also scored 14 runs and finished the season with an on-base percentage of .407 and a slugging percentage of .418.
Natalie Rentel, So., First Base
Sophomore Natalie Rentel had two of the biggest hits season this season for the Lady Tigers. While hitting her first career home run in a sectional game against Calvary Lutheran, Rentel came back and hit another blast in the quarterfinals against Clopton to lead the way for Pilot Grove.
For the season, Rentel hit .356 with 32 hits in 90 at-bats with 16 singles, a team-leading 13 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 19 RBIs. She also scored 19 runs and finished with an on-base percentage of .396 and slugging percentage of .589.
NEW FRANKLIN
Grace Hundley, Sr., Catcher
In four years as a starter, New Franklin’s Grace Hundley has seen and done it all. While playing both shortstop and catcher most of her career, Hundley was the one main constant for the Lady Bulldogs while hitting .405 with 30 hits in 74 at-bats with 22 singles, six doubles, one triple, one home run and nine RBIs. Hundley also scored 21 runs while finishing with an on-base percentage of .443 and a slugging percentage of .554.
Madison Matney, Sr., Third Base
As one of the Fab Five for the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs, senior Madison Matney was another mainstay at third base this past season. While nobody covered the corner better than Matney, she also had power to hit the ball out of the park at any time. In 23 games this past season, Matney led the team with a .484 average with three home runs and 23 RBIs along with an on-base percentage of .543 and a slugging percentage of .726. She also finished the season with 30 hits in 62 at-bats with 21 singles and six doubles while scoring 22 runs.
Kacie White, Sr., First Base
Senior Kacie White returned at first base this past season for the Lady Bulldogs. While earning all-district honors in 2016, White was also one of five hitters for New Franklin to hit over .300 for the season. In 23 games played, White hit .386 with 27 hits in 70 at-bats with 14 singles, a team-leading 11 doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs. She also scored 16 runs and finished the season with an on-base percentage of .411 and a slugging percentage of .629.
Shelby Breshears, Jr.,
Outfielder
As the starting center fielder this past season for New Franklin, junior Shelby Breshears  was also a threat to steal every time she got on base. While leading the team with 11 stolen bases, Breshears was also tops on the team with 26 runs scored, 22 singles and two triples. For the season, Breshears hit .397 with 27 hits in 68 at-bats with three doubles and six RBIs. She also had the fewest strikeouts for a starter with seven and finished the season with an on-base percentage of .438 and a slugging percentage of .500.
Lauren Evans, Jr.,
Shortstop/Pitcher
New Franklin junior Lauren Evans played multiple positions this season for the Lady Bulldogs.  Along with pitching in 10 of the team’s 23 games, Evans also led the team in batters faced with 311, pitches with 1,085 and strikeouts with 27. As for her hitting, Evans finished the season with a .381 clip with 24 hits in 63 at-bats with 21 singles, two doubles, one triple and RBIs. She also scored 13 runs and finished with an on-base percentage of .443 and a slugging percentage of .444.
Sydney Dowell, Sr.,
Second Base
Senior Sydney Dowell returned for the Lady Bulldogs at second base this past season.
While no player probably heard it more than Dowell, since her dad is the coach, the senior made her final season her best while collecting multiple hit games against both Slater and Wright City. In those games, Dowell went 2-for-3 against the Lady Wildcats and then followed it up with four hits and three RBIs against Wright City.
Dowell also finished the season with 13 singles and drove in nine runs while scoring five times. Her slugging percentage of .343 also ranked in the top half for the Lady Bulldogs.