Louisburg senior Molly Rison (15) earned second team All-Frontier League honors recently after she batted . 453 on the season with just four strikeouts.
The Louisburg softball team
finished the 2019 season as the one of the top eight teams in Class 4A and the
Lady Cats were well-prepped for a run in the postseason thanks to a tough
Frontier League schedule.
Louisburg, along with league schools Paola and Eudora, qualified for the state tournament and lended itself as one of the toughest leagues in 4A.
So, when the league coaches sat
down to discuss the all-league teams, it wasn’t a surprise to see a pair of
Louisburg players honored.
Senior Molly Rison was selected as a second team All-Frontier League player in the infield, while fellow senior Karson Griggs was an honorable mention selection in the infield.
“I was disappointed a few more of our players did not receive league recognition this season,” Louisburg coach John Ozier said. “However, with that said, I have always been a coach that places more value on the contributions of each player to the overall team goals. During this season, and especially during our postseason run, we had so many kids figure out the importance of the philosophy of ‘what can I do to help the team.’ It took some time, but this approach paid some incredible dividends.”
Rison and Griggs were big parts of that
approach as they drove in a lot of runs from the heart of the Lady Cat order.
As the Louisburg first baseman, Rison was
a key fixture in the Lady Cat lineup as she batted .453 on the season with a
.539 on-base percentage, a .594 slug and a 1.133 OPS. In 76 plate appearances,
Rison recorded 10 walks and struck out just four times. She also recorded six
doubles, a home run and 21 RBIs.
Griggs had the most power on the Lady Cat
team as she recorded a team-high five home runs to go along with a .397
average, 21 RBIs and a team-high seven doubles.
“I was proud to see Molly and Karson get recognition in a very
talented league,” Ozier said. “I would have liked to have seen Maddie (Svoboda)
get honored, along with some of our underclassmen that were nominated. I look
for some of our younger players to receive league recognition in seasons to
ALL-FRONTIER LEAGUE SOFTBALL
INFIELD – Lindsey Toot, Baldwin,
junior; Megan Kennedy, Eudora, senior; Hannah Menefee, Paola, senior; Grace
Barnes, Piper, junior
OUTFIELD – Audrey Flowers,
Baldwin, senior; Aubrey Weatherbie, Paola, junior; Alexis Chapman, Paola,
PITCHER – Kyla Etter, Eudora,
senior; Kierstan Weitze, Paola, junior
CATCHER – Lauren Pappert, Piper,
DH/UTILITY – Layney Steging,
Spring Hill, senior
INFIELD – Rian Gere, Baldwin, senior; Sierra Smith, Eudora, junior; Molly Rison, Louisburg, senior; Erin Gallagher, Tonganoxie, junior
OUTFIELD – Harper Schreiner,
Eudora, freshman; Alli Kerns, Ottawa, senior; Emma Martin, Piper, junior
PITCHER – Sam Reynolds,
Tonganoxie, junior; Emily Ashford, Bonner Springs, sophomore
CATCHER – Justine Kennington,
DH/UTILITY – Lacey Coffman, Bonner
INFIELD – Karson Griggs, Louisburg, senior; Riley Titus, Ottawa, sophomore; Lauren Curtis, Ottawa, sophomore; Bella Gravatt, Piper, junior; Macey Nigh, Piper, senior; Chloe Roberts, Spring Hill, senior
OUTFIELD – Holland Harvat, Eudora,
senior; Kaitlyn Bradbury, Piper, sophomore; Avery Anderson, Spring Hill, junior
PITCHER – Sadie Walker, Eudora,
freshman; Alex Powell, Ottawa, freshman
CATCHER – Kelsie Klamm, Baldwin,
senior; Lauren Gray, Tonganoxie, junior
DH/UTILITY – Emma Stottlemire,