Rantoul Press All-Area Softball Team

Rantoul Press All-Area Softball Team

Pitcher

Sydney Eichelberger, Fisher

Eichelberger was able to twist up her opponents with an array of pitches, painting the corners and letting Clanton frame them up. Though the Bunnies were unable to capture their sixth consecutive regional championship, Eichelberger will be back next season with a vengeance and ready to establish chemistry with Leah McCoy, Fisher’s projected starting catcher in 2019.

Catcher

Becca Clanton, Fisher

Clanton was one of the most feared hitters in the HOIC this season, and her power numbers support the reason why. She was one of the most consistent run producers in the area out of the three-spot, but her defense behind the plate was also a key reason why she was deserving of the MVP distinction.

First Base

Taylor May, Fisher

It wasn’t just May’s overall numbers that see her included on the all-area team. She also crushed some of the most clutch hits for the Bunnies all season. Hitting behind Clanton, Hadden, Eichelberger and Hood for most of the year put May in prime position to do some damage at the plate.

Second Base

Lexi Sherrick, Rantoul

For the second consecutive season, Sherrick finds herself an all-area member. Once she was slotted into the two-hole by Flesner, the sophomore began to truly shine, hitting behind Jenna Sanford and in front of Lindsay Jordahl. And now that Jordahl has graduated, Sherrick will be tasked with stepping up even further as Rantoul’s projected No. 1 pitcher in 2019.

Third Base

Lauren Sommer, Fisher

Among Sommer, Rantoul’s Jerzie Grob and Armstrong-Potomac’s Destiny Fitzsimmons, it is the Heyworth transfer Sommer who receives the honor here. Though her numbers were not eye-popping, Sommer’s potential still clearly excites the coaching staff and her teammates, and the third baseman is bound to move up in the batting order next year after coming up with some clutch hits this spring.

Shortstop

Sidney Hood, Fisher

As written in the Most Improved Player portion, Hood was outstanding both on defense and at the plate and was more than deserving of the award and her unanimous all-conference selection. Fisher fans should be excited for the next two seasons as she continues to improve her golf game in addition to improving on the basketball court and softball diamond.

Outfield

Jenna Sanford, Rantoul

Another back-to-back Rantoul Press all-area recipient, the sophomore Sanford was absolutely terrific out of the Eagles’ leadoff spot and in center field as Rantoul’s top outfielder. Sanford hit .393 with 36 runs scored, four HRs, 35 hits, 21 RBI and 16 stolen bases (Sanford and Mosley provided one of the area’s top one-two punches in terms of speed).

Outfield

Bailey Hadden, Fisher

Though her run-producing numbers weren’t sky high, Hadden still did her job in consistently getting on base and swiped a team-leading 11 bags when she did hit the basepaths. The senior patrolled center field better than most in the area, committing just two errors all season and finished with a .917 fielding percentage.

Outfield

Kristen Fauser, Rantoul

Though the sophomore Fauser may not have had as explosive of a campaign as she did in 2017, she still excelled in the Eagles’ outfield. She finished with 22 RBI, two HRs and seven stolen bases while battling an injury late in the year.

Contact Zack Carpenter at zcarpenter@rantoulpress.com and on Twitter @ZackCarpenter11.

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