It was another fantastic season for The Times-area softball teams and those clubs were fueled by a number of solid individual performances all year long. Whether it be at the plate or in the circle, there wasn’t a shortage of power or speed displayed by our 13 schools, with four capturing regional titles.
We are honored to present The Times 2018 Softball All-Area teams.
Avery, the Lady Indians center fielder and leadoff hitter, batted .480 with four doubles, six triples and a home run. She recorded 47 runs scored, with 14 RBIs and 31 stolen bases. Avery was named to the Interstate Eight North Division All-Conference team and was a unanimous Times First Teamer.
Bowman hit .432 from her No. 2 spot in the Lady Pirates order while playing a solid center field. She had four doubles, scored 37 runs, stole 22 bases and posted seven RBIs. Bowman was selected to the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division All-Conference squad.
Bushman, The Times co-Player of the Year and unanimous Times First Team honoree, hit .551 as the Lady Irish leadoff batter and also excelled in center field. She had 11 doubles, scored 49 runs, drove in 22 tallies and stole 38 bases. Bushman was a Interstate Eight North Division All-Conference team as well as being selected to the Illinois Coaches Association Class 2A All-State First Team.
Christiansen batted .524 at the top of the Lady Bobcats lineup, scored 51 times, recorded 26 stolen bases and had 22 RBIs. She was an unanimous pick to the Little Ten All-Conference team and was named to the ICA Class 1A All-State Second Team.
Cook hit .440 with nine doubles, three triples and a pair of home runs for the Raiders. She also scored 26 runs and posted 37 RBIs. Cook was a repeat unanimous selection to the All-LTC squad and was a honoree on the ICA Class 1A Third Team.
Fall led the Lady Bobcats to both regional and sectional titles after batting an area-best .614 with six home runs and 61 RBIs. In the circle she was 23-5 with a 2.36 ERA and fanned 145 batters in 167 innings. Fall was a unanimous pick to the All-LTC team for the third straight season and was an ICA Class 1A First Team honoree.
Gayan batted .479 with six home runs and 46 RBIs for the Lady Pirates. In the circle, she was 20-5 with an 1.24 ERA and struck out 226 batters in 158 2/3 innings. Gayan was named co-player of the year and First Team in the NIB 12 West Division, an ICA Class 3A First Team pick and a unanimous Times First Team selection.
Senior, Marquette Academy
Owens hit .432 with 41 runs scored and 12 RBIs while handling the catching duties for the Lady Crusaders. She also had seven doubles and a home run. Owens was a Second Team pick to the Tri-County All-Conference team and was an ICA Class 1A Third Team honoree.
The slick fielding Lady Irish shortstop and Times co-Player of the Year, batted .504 with 51 runs scored, 22 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. She also had nine doubles and a trio of triples. Robinson was a I-8 North Division All-Conference pick, named to the ICA Class 2A First Team and was a Times unanimous First Team honoree.
The Lady Norsemen shortstop, Schofield hit .417 with 17 runs scored and 13 RBIs. She had 10 doubles, two triples and two home runs. Schofield was a unanimous selection to the All-LTC squad for the third consecutive season and was a ICA Class 1A Third Team honoree.
Senior, Marquette Academy
The Lady Crusaders first baseman, Snook batted .568 with area-best 11 home runs and 50 RBIs. She also posted 12 doubles, two triples and scored 37 runs. Snook, a Times unanimous First Team pick, was named to the TCC All-Conference First Team as well as an ICA Class 1A Second Team selection.
Junior, Marquette Academy
Tkach hit .392 from her No. 2 spot in the Lady Cru lineup, scored 34 runs and had 17 RBIs. In the circle, she went 19-6 with an 1.58 ERA and fanned 263 in 155 innings. Tkach was a TCC First Team pick, an ICA Class 1A Second Team honoree and a unanimous Times First Team selection.
Sophomore, Marquette Academy
The Lady Crusaders shortstop, Wheatland batted .434 with a home run and 31 RBIs. She also recorded 11 doubles, three triples and scored 21 runs. Wheatland was a First Team selection to the Tri-County All-Conference squad.
Winsor hit .471 with 40 RBIs and 22 runs scored for the Lady Irish. She also eight doubles and a home run. Winsor was an I-8 All-Conference First Team honoree as well as an ICA Class 2A Third Team selection.
The Raiders shortstop, Brue hit .366 with seven doubles, three home runs, 34 runs scored and 12 RBIs. She was an unanimous selection to the LTC All-Conference squad.
Carpenter hit .306 with 27 RBIs at the plate and went 18-3 with a 2.67 ERA in the circle. She was selected to the I-8 North Division All-Conference squad and was an ICA Class 2A Third Team pick.
Friese batted .426 with 17 runs scored, a home run and 22 RBIs. She also posted an ERA of 1.45 in 30 1/3 innings in the circle. Friese was a All-TCC First Team honoree and an ICA Class 2A Third Team pick.
Harris hit .314 with six doubles, eight home runs, 41 RBIs and 25 runs scored for the Lady Pirates. She was a Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division Honorable Mention selection.
Hook batted .426 with six doubles, two triples and four home runs for the Lady Huskers. She also had 29 RBIs and scored 19 runs. Hook was named to the ICA Class 1A Third Team.
Kane hit .379 with 34 runs scored, two home runs and 15 RBIs for the Warriors. She was a Tri-County Conference Honorable Mention selection.
Moritz batted .342 with 15 runs scored and 26 RBIs. She also went 6-5 with a 2.82 ERA in the circle, recording 70 strikeouts in 66 innings. Moritz was a All-TCC Second Team honoree.
Nink hit .368 with 10 doubles, five home runs, 13 RBIs and 11 stolen bases for the Lady Pirates. She was named to the All-NIB 12 Conference West Division First Team.
Peritore batted .404 with 26 runs scored and 28 RBIs for the Lady Bobcats. She was named to the Little Ten All-Conference team for the third consecutive season and was an ICA Class 1A Third Team pick.
Pickert hit .387 with 29 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples, a home run and 25 RBIs for the Raiders.
Schmitz batted .412 with 12 doubles, six triples, 12 runs scored and 19 RBIs for the Lady Bulldogs.
Schomer hit .333 with nine RBIs at the plate and went 18-6 with a 2.82 ERA in the circle for the Lady Norsemen. She fanned 148 batters in 139 innings. Schomer was a All-LTC selection as well as an ICA Class 1A Third Team honoree.
Schwartz batted .358 with eight doubles, two triples, two home runs and 24 RBIs for the Lady Indians. She was named to the I-8 North Division All-Conference First Team.
Tripp hit a solid .429 with 41 runs scored, two doubles and 15 RBIs for the Lady Bobcats. She was also a perfect 13-of-13 in stolen base attempts.
Barichello batted .320 with eight doubles and 19 RBIs for the Lady Bulldogs.
Engel hit .296 with nine RBIs and went 9-8 with an ERA of 3.68, fanning 157 in 110 1/3 innings for the Lady Huskers. She was a repeat All-LTC honoree.
Helms batted .360 with 24 runs scored, 14 RBIs and 25 stolen bases for the Lady Irish.
Senior, Paw Paw
Hopkins hit .490 with 19 runs scored and 22 RBIs. She also fanned 41 in 67 innings in the circle.
Jenkins batted .341 with 33 runs scored, three home runs and 21 RBIs. She was a All-TCC Honorable Mention pick.
Kindermann hit .371 with 13 runs scored and 24 RBIs for the Warriors. She was a All-TCC First Team honoree.
Senior, Marquette Academy
McConnaughhay batted .338 with eight doubles, three homers and 18 RBIs. She was a All-TCC Second Team selection.
Michael hit .355 with 18 RBIs and went 9-5 with a 2.89 ERA, recording 51 strikeouts in 75 innings of work.
Niles batted .372 with nine doubles, 28 runs scored and 23 RBIs for the Raiders.
Schofield hit .417 with 19 runs scored and 13 RBIs for the Lady Norsemen.
Shannon batted .433 with three doubles, two triples, 26 runs scored and 12 RBIs for the Lady Huskers. She was an unanimous All-LTC selection.
Simpson hit .317 with five doubles, a triple, 10 runs scored and 16 RBIs for the Lady Pirates. She was a NIB 12 All-Conference First Team honoree.
Sweeney batted .370 with 15 runs scored, two home runs and 27 RBIs. She was a repeat selection to the All-LTC All-Conference squad.
Tjaden hit .379 with nine doubles, seven runs scored and 12 RBIs. She was a All-Heart of Illinois Conference Second Team pick.
Abby Bukantis (Fr., Ottawa), Cassidy Draves (So., Seneca), Aubrey Durdan (Sr., Streator), Sydni Frederick (Sr., Somonauk), Nikki Kala (Sr., Newark), Claire Lamb (So., Somonauk), Ema Lorton (Sr., Fieldcrest), Ellie Magana (So., Streator), Hayley Wilson (Sr., Seneca), Anna Yanek (Jr., Streator).