Culver softball puts five players onto District 2 all-league team
Following a 9-10 season and a fourth-place finish in 2A/1A Special District 2, the Culver softball team had five of its players receive all-league recognition.
With none of the five set to graduate this year, the Bulldogs should be in store for an even more successful season next year. In the meantime, learn more about the five Bulldogs who made the all-league cut for Culver in 2022.
Shanti Rosales, junior — First team, infield (3B)
The lone first-teamer from the Bulldogs' roster, junior Shanti Rosales played a central role in the team's success this season. In 17 games, Rosales amassed an eye-popping batting average of .571 with a team-leading nine doubles. She knocked in 16 runs on the year — four of which came in on her grand slam against Gervais on April 29 — to place second on the team. Rosales was third on the team in runs scored (22) and stolen bases (30), providing just as much value on the base paths as she did in the batter's box. On defense, the sure-handed Rosales made only one error all year long while playing at third base.
Hensley Wachter, junior — Second team, pitcher
As the Bulldogs' most fearsome hitter and its most prolific pitcher, junior Hensley Wachter did a little bit of everything for Culver this year. Wachter started 17 of the Bulldogs' 19 games, finishing with more strikeouts (144) than walks (128) in 97 innings of work. While she did plenty of damage from the circle, Wachter was most impressive with a bat in her hands. The junior hit for an incredible .650 average while leading the Bulldogs in plate appearances (76), hits (39), triples (seven), home runs (two), RBIs (22), runs scored (33) and stolen bases (46). Wachter only had three games in which she did not record a hit.
Brooke Bush, junior — Second team, catcher
Brooke Bush is one of Culver's most energetic athletes, and she brought that fire on both sides of the ball as the team's everyday catcher. Bush caught 11 runners stealing from behind the plate this season, and she also picked off nine more trying to get back to their bag safely. In 95 innings of work behind the plate, only six pitches got by Bush for a passed ball. Offensively, Bush was one of the team's three strongest hitters alongside Wachter and Rosales. Bush hit .490 as a junior, and her considerable speed helped her leg out five triples and steal 34 bases —second-best in both categories on the Bulldog roster.
Kayden Benningfield, junior — Honorable mention, infield (1B)
As the team's tallest player, Kayden Benningfield is a natural fit at first base and received an honorable mention for her work there this season. Benningfield only had three errors on defense, providing her teammates with a steady target at first. She was even more impressive at the plate, tying for fourth on the team with a batting average of .418 and finishing second on the team in doubles with seven. In Culver's final win of the season on May 16, Benningfield went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Of the 17 games in which Benningfield swung the bat, she had multiple hits in eight.
Josie Worley, freshman — Honorable mention, infield (SS)
The only first-year player to be recognized on the all-league list, freshman shortstop Josie Worley received an honorable mention from the district. Worley had just one error in 34 defensive chances this year, making her the team's top defender in the infield. She also swung a hot bat in her first season, hitting for a .354 average in 48 at-bats while picking up six doubles. Worley tied for the team lead in walks with 18 and had 14 stolen bases. Her best game came in a May 12 win over Central Linn, a 4-for-5 performance that included her only triple of the year, as well as a stolen base and three runs scored.
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