Dow repeats as softball league Player of Year
For the second year in a row, Taylor Dow of St. Helens High is a softball Player of the Year.
This year, the Lions' senior shortstop is sharing the honor with Wilsonville senior outfielder Carly Atwood, also co-Player of the Year in the Northwest Oregon Conference by vote of the coaches.
Dow has familiar company on the all-NWOC first team — teammate Kaily Smith, a senior outfielder, also was chosen to the top squad.
The coaches' second-team selections include three players from St. Helens and four from Scappoose.
Lions senior outfielder Bailey Hamilton, sophomore catcher Jasmyne Pense and sophomore pitcher Brea Paulson made the second team.
So did Scappoose senior infielder Sara Mills, senior outfielders Taylor Johnson and Nina Macedo and senior Jenna Hatcher as a utility player.
In addition, two Lions and one Indian were named honorable mention. From St. Helens, that honor went to sophomore infielder Kamryn Hubbs and senior utility player Madi Flores. From Scappoose, senior infielder Payton Fisher was on the HM list.
Dow hit .483, had an on-base percentage of .581, and in 17 games produced 28 runs, 25 RBIs, nine doubles and one home run. Her fielding percentage was .933
Smith batted .467 and was on-base at a .529 rate, with 19 runs scored, 18 RBIs, three homers and four doubles.
Pense hit .397, with an on-base percentage of .465, 17 RBIs, 20 runs, five doubles and a triple. She threw out nine base runners.
Hamilton hit .372 (.438 OBP), with 12 runs scored and seven RBIs.
Hubbs finished at .371 (.458 OBP). She scored 21 runs and drove in nine, with four doubles.
Mills hit .500 with 17 RBIs, five doubles, two home runs and two triples and a .583 on-base percentage.
Johnson batted .409 and was .544 in on-base percentage and drove in 16 runs.
Macedo hit .420, with 13 RBIs and four doubles.
Hatcher hit .552, and pitched 46 1/3 innings, allowed 20 earned runs.
Fisher was .471 at the plate and knocked out eight doubles. She drove in 15 runs.
Scappoose coach Catherine Baggett called all five Indians who got all-league votes "outstanding, and we could not have had the season we had without them. Jenna on the mound, Sara at third, Payton at shortstop, Taylor in center field and Nina willing and wanting to go wherever we played her, mostly outfield."
Added Baggett: "They are a wonderful group of girls, and I wish them all the best as they head into the next chapter of their lives."