MARSHFIELD'S DONAHUE NAMED WVC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR


Marshfield senior pitcher Courtney Donahue was named the Wisconsin Valley Conference Softball Player of the Year. (Photo by Paul Lecker/Zaleski Sports)

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Marshfield senior pitcher Courtney Donahue was named Player of the Year and was one of six Tigers to earn spots on the 2022 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Softball Team.


Donahue was 10-1 with a 1.23 earned run average and 93 strikeouts in 74 innings for Marshfield, which won its first outright conference championship since 1997. She also finished third in the conference in batting average (.476) and third in RBI (15), with five doubles and one home run.


Senior third baseman Loryn Jakobi was also a first-team pick for Marshfield as she hit. 381 with nine RBI.


Senior outfielder Brooklyn Bohman and senior catcher Madalen Bornbach were second-team picks, with senior first baseman Sandy Costa and sophomore outfielder Shylah Brogan earning honorable mention status for Marshfield.


Bohman hit .364 with nine RBI and a conference-best 17 runs scored, and Bornbach batted .368 with 13 RBI, two home runs and nine runs scored for the Tigers.


Stevens Point’s Zoe Fink, Kaitlyn Klismith and Maddy Miklesh, Wisconsin Rapids’ Megan Clary, Hayley Wagner, Meghan Jochimsen and Rhiannon Carroll, Wausau West’s Autumn Hughes, and Wausau East’s Bailey Berndt round out the first-team selections.


Bendt led the conference in batting at .517, while Wagner topped the WVC in home runs with four and RBI with 18 while batting .462, which tied Fink for fifth in the conference.


Carroll was 8-4 with a 1.70 ERA for Wisconsin Rapids, striking out 34 in 70 innings pitched. She also hit .421 with 10 RBI.


Clary hit .442 with eight RBI and 14 runs scored, and Jochimsen batted .325 with 10 RBI and 15 runs scored for Wisconsin Rapids.


Klismith and Miklesh both hit .419, with Klismith knocking in 11 runs with 11 stolen bases, and Mikelsh finished with 12 RBI for Stevens Point.


2022 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Softball Team

(*denotes unanimous selection)

First Team

Infielders: *Zoe Fink, sr., Stevens Point; *Megan Clary, sr., Wisconsin Rapids; *Hayley Wagner, sr., Wisconsin Rapids; Loryn Jakobi, sr., Marshfield.

Outfielders: *Kaitlyn Klismith, fr., Stevens Point; *Meghan Jochimsen, sr., Wisconsin Rapids; Autumn Hughes, so., Wausau West.

Catcher: Maddy Miklesh, sr., Stevens Point.

Pitchers: *Courtney Donahue, sr., Marshfield; *Rhiannon Carroll, jr., Wisconsin Rapids.

Utility: *Baley Berndt, fr., Wausau East.

Second Team

Infielders: Claire Coushman, so., Wausau East; Dakota Witucki, so., D.C. Everest; Sawyer Holberg, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Ashlynn O’Neal, sr., Stevens Point.

Outfielders: Brooklyn Bohman, sr., Marshfield; Laney Zuelsdorff, sr., Merrill; Kyla O’Neal, sr., Stevens Point.

Catcher: Madalen Bornbach, sr., Marshfield.

Pitchers: Addy Schmeltzer, jr., Merrill; Addison Kluck, fr., D.C. Everest.

Utility: Paige Kislow, sr., D.C. Everest.

Honorable Mention

Infielders: Nicole Doering, sr., Merrill; Emma Raikowski, sr., Stevens Point; Claire Calmes, fr., Wausau West; Sandy Costa, sr., Marshfield; Riley Zuleger, sr., D.C. Everest.

Outfielders: Brooke Swiecki, sr., Stevens Point; Sydney Spear, fr., D.C. Everest; Emily Friday, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Shylah Brogan, so., Marshfield; Savannah Spees, jr., Wausau East; Dani Korman, sr., Merrill.

Catchers: Kendall Ziegahn, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Sophia Peissig, sr., Wausau West.

Pitchers: Maren Sauvageau, so., Stevens Point; Maddy Krueger, sr., Wausau East; Allison Kirsch, so., Wausau West; Delilah Abundiz, so.,. Stevens Point.

Utility: Olivia Losee, sr., Merrill.

Player of the Year: Courtney Donahue, Marshfield.

Coach of the Year: Becky Linzmeier, Marshfield.

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