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The White Buffalo softball team had six players named to all-league teams after taking third place in the Tri-Valley.

The Madras High School softball team had six of its players receive all-league honors.

After earning third place in the Tri-Valley Conference and making it to the postseason, the White Buffalo squad saw six players named to the All-TVC teams. The lists were voted on by league coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players, and they reflect performance specifically in league games.

Madras juniors Hope King and Natalie Lockey were joined by sophomore Lily Moses on the All-TVC first team, while seniors Hailey Cochran and Marilyn Tom made the second team alongside sophomore Valerie Alonso.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Madras High School junior Hope King was named to the All-Tri Valley Conference first team as a pitcher. King started nearly every game in the circle for the Lady Buffs during league play.King had the best all-around season of any Madras player, starting nearly every game in the circle and providing some of the team's best power at the plate. In 15 league games, the junior standout pitched to the impressive tune of a 2.92 ERA in 11 starts and four relief appearances, amassing 80 strikeouts compared to just 20 walks. Meanwhile, King hit for an even .500 at the plate in league games including two home runs. The latter of those two homers came in a crucial win over North Marion on May 16 —one in which King pitched a complete game — that helped Madras secure a postseason berth.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Madras High School junior Natalie Lockey was named to the All-Tri Valley Conference first team as an infielder. Lockey played mostly at shortstop and batted .500 in league play.Lockey was also incredible with the bat in league games, matching King's .500 batting average to tie for the team lead in that department. The junior played at shortstop for much of the season, though she saw time all around the infield as needed. Lockey had six extra-base hits in league play, including five doubles and a triple, and she also hit an inside-the-park home run against Caldera in a non-league game on April 5. The infielder made many impressive plays defensively throughout the year, making a diving stop and later turning a double play in Madras' crucial win over Gladstone on May 9.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Madras High School sophomore Lily Moses made the All-Tri Valley Conference first team as an outfielder. Moses played well on both sides of the ball, flashing good defense and displaying a hot bat at the plate.Moses made the All-TVC first team as an outfielder who can hit for both contact and power, racking up a batting average of .405 in league games this year. The sophomore drew high praise from head coach Shawna McConnell throughout the season for her stellar defensive play in the outfield, and she has a strong swing at the plate that should only get better with age. Moses' best game this year was likely her performance in the second game of an April 21 doubleheader with Gladstone, in which she went 4-for-4 at the plate and collected a pair of two-RBI singles in a pivotal 14-8 win over the Gladiators.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Madras High School senior Marilyn Tom was named to the All-Tri Valley Conference second team as utility player. Tom was one of the team's most versatile players, seeing time as a pitcher, catcher and center fielder.Tom capped off her senior season with second-team all-league honors as a utility player, thanks to her versatility as both a pitcher and a catcher. In the circle, Tom started four league games and made one relief appearance; however, she was arguably more effective as a catcher, with quick reflexes that allowed her to stop balls from getting by her — and to stop runners from stealing bases. Tom hit .476 in league play, with her biggest day at the plate coming in the league opener against North Marion on April 18 when she hit three home runs and had another RBI double to finish with nine total RBIs.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Madras High School senior Hailey Cochran made the All-Tri Valley Conference second team as an outfielder. Cochran showed great instincts in center field and hit an even .400 in league games.Cochran, another senior, finishes her final season as a second-team outfielder on the All-TVC list thanks to solid work at the plate and in the field. Cochran hit .400 in league play, racking up multiple hits against Tri-Valley foes three times. That mark includes a 3-for-5 outing against Molalla on April 27, her best offensive day of the season. The senior was perhaps at her best while patrolling center field, as she made numerous athletic plays to get outs over the course of the year.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Madras High School sophomore Valerie Alonso made the All-Tri Valley Conference second team as a catcher. In addition to calling games for the Madras pitchers, Alonso also saw time at third base.Alonso rounds out the list as an all-league catcher on the second team. The sophomore also saw time at third base when Tom was catching — but wherever she played, she almost always hit well. Alonso had a league batting average of .359, and she showed some good pop with three doubles in Tri-Valley action. Alonso also hit a three-run homer in the April 5 non-league win over Caldera. She will likely step in as the everyday catcher with Tom graduating, and that's a promising prospect for the White Buffalos.

With four of these all-leaugers — King, Lockey, Moses and Alonso — able to come back next season, and with younger players likely to take a step forward with their skill development, look for yet another successful season for Madras softball in 2023.


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