Every day, every game, every inning, every at-bat and every defensive chance, the West Linn softball team's best stepped up.
They battled, they made plays and they got hits when their team needed them most.
In response, the Lions' best were honored at eight spots on the 2019 Three Rivers League all-star teams, a group led by first-team selections Ali Campbell, Lexi Finke and Lexi Grein.
Campbell — a junior honored as a utility player — won her berth in the firdst team after batting .406 and finishing with 12 RBIs and eight runs scored in TRL play, with four doubles, one triple, one home run and an on-base average of .525.
"She can block balls whether at first base or catching," said West Linn coach Monica Sorenson. "She has a golden glove and a great attitude. … She was clutch this year."
Finke — a senior pitcher — went 1-4 in league play, throwing 41 1/3 innings and allowing 65 hits while striking out 13, walking 13 and posting a 5.42 earned run average. Grein — a junior infielder — earned her spot after batting .316 and finishing with 10 RBIs and seven runs scored, with three doubles, two home runs and an on-base average of .409.
Also honored from West Linn were: freshman catcher Ava Sin, second team; senior outfielder Gracie Hook, second team; junior outfielder Lauren Amesquita, honorable mention; sophomore infielder Ava Peters, honorable mention; and junior pitcher Delaney Southards, honorable mention.
Sin made her debut season in West Linn a keeper, batting .487 as the Lions' leadoff hitter and finishing with nine RBIs and nine runs scored in TRL play, with three doubles, one triple and an on-base average of .600. She was tough defensively, too, fielding at .970 with just one error while adding four assists.
"She came in and became the starting catcher with an amazing arm and willingness to learn," Sorenson added. "She earned being our leadoff hitter and handled that pressure by being our top hitter."
Three Rivers League All-Stars
First Team: Outfielders — Lexi Klum*, Tigard, jr.; Sydney Wagner, Tualatin, jr.; Emilia Coffman, Oregon City, so.; Layney Lombardo, Lake Oswego, sr. Infielders — Kalea Jensen*, Canby, fr.; Emily Johansen, Tualatin, sr.; Marin Penney, Lake Oswego, sr.; Lexi Grein, West Linn, jr.; Andrea Gomez Tualatin, sr. Pitchers — Tia Ridings*, Tualatin, jr.; Makenna Reid, Tigard, fr.; Lexi Finke, West Linn sr. Catchers — Kamryn Mobley Canby, sr. Utility Player — Summer Mickey, Lakeridge, so.; Ali Campbell, West Linn, jr.
Player of the Year: Emily Johansen, Tualatin
Pitcher of the Year: Tia Ridings, Tualatin
Coach of the Year: Pete Kostel, Tigard
Honorary Coach of the Year: Dave Adelhart, Oregon City
Second Team: Outfielders — Maddie Sticka, Lake Oswego, jr.; Rachel Mindt, Lakeridge, jr.; Jordyn Duntley, Oregon City, sr.; Gracey Hook, West Linn, sr. Infielders — Lexi Smith, Lakeridge, fr.; Emily Dugan, Oregon City, sr.; Maddie Hoover, Tigard, sr.; Abby Soderquist, Tigard, jr. Pitchers — Mackenzie Nelson, Lakeridge, so.; Jaiden Lee, Canby, fr. Catchers — Isabelle Lewis, Oregon City, jr.; Emily Paulson Tigard, jr. Utility Player — Ava Sin, West Linn, fr.
Honorable Mention: Outfielders — Hannah Stewart, Oregon City, jr.; Savannah Braun, Tualatin, jr.; Elli Dardis, Tigard, jr.; Lauren Amesquita, West Linn, jr.; Kelly Peters, Canby, so.; Ashley Petterson, Canby, fr. Infielders — Ella Hoyle, Tualatin, fr.; Sofia Tosoni, Lake Oswego, so.; Vivian Rittenour, Lake Oswego, sr.; Ava Peters, West Linn, so.; Hannah Vickery, Oregon City, sr.; Kani Korok, Tigard, fr. Pitchers — Sophia vanderSommen, Tigard, so.; Delaney Southards, West Linn, jr.; Parker Allhands Canby, sr.; Holly Beeman Lakeridge, fr. Catchers — Leanna Rosenbaum, Tualatin, fr.; Katherine Beeman, Lakeridge, sr.; Allison Sweeney, Lake Oswego, so. Utility Player — Lily Cuyuch, Lake Oswego, so.
*Denotes unanimous all-league selection
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