Madras, Culver softball combine to put four on HS all-state teams
Four local high school softball players were named all-state last week.
Madras High School put three of its players onto the OSAA/OregonLive 4A softball all-state teams, with outfielder Lily Moses leading the way as a second-team selection. Hope King, the White Buffalos' primary pitcher a year ago, and middle infielder Natalie Lockey each received honorable mentions on the 4A list. All three made the All-Tri Valley Conference first team following the spring season.
Moses hit .405 in league games this past year while patrolling left field for the Buffs. Throughout her sophomore season, she made a number of impressive defensive plays that had head coach Shawna McConnell heaping on the praise in postgame comments. Moses was a key piece of the batting order, too, hitting for both power and contact in the middle of the lineup.
King, meanwhile, made strong contributions in the batter's box and in the pitcher's circle. During her junior year, King hit .500 in TVC games with multiple home runs. She pitched more than any other Buff this past season, appearing as the starter or a reliever in every league contest. King had an earned run average on 2.92 in those games, racking up 80 strikeouts against conference opponents.
Lockey rounds out the list after a strong junior year playing middle infield. A threat to bunt for a single or slap a base hit into the grass, Lockey hit .500 in TVC games this past season. Most often playing at the shortstop position, she made a handful of spectacular plays on defense to help prevent the opponent from crossing the plate.
Meanwhile, Shanti Rosales made the 2A/1A all-state list on the third team for Culver. This honor comes on the heels of being named to the All-Tri River Conference first team in May.
Rosales played third base for the Bulldogs this year, holding down the hot corner on defense and swinging a hot bat on offense. She hit .571 during her junior season, including going for nine doubles, two triples and a home run. On the other side of the ball, Rosales had just one error all season long. She had a game-winning steal of home plate to beat Sheridan, one of the highlights of the year for Culver.
Having four local players named all-state is certainly a good haul for Jefferson County; even better, all four will be back next year and could have even stronger seasons in 2023.
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