Moss, Wintermote collect all-state honors

Hawks’ senior outfielder puts up offensive numbers to rival her defense, named to third team

Alissa Moss (front) dives head-first back into third base during South Hamilton’s 14-4 win over Colo-NESCO on June 20. Moss, a senior, was recently named to the IGCA Class 2A all-state third team. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — The defensive wizardry that Alissa Moss showed in center field for the South Hamilton softball team was a known commodity long before this past season began.

But the senior added a new wrinkle to her game in May: An equally adept offensive arsenal.

One without the other made her a good, but not elite player. But together, the sky was the limit.

Moss put together a summer campaign that put her in the upper echelon of players in the state and that production was rewarded on Friday when she was named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Class 2A all-state third team. Teammate and classmate Ady Wintermote, the Hawks’ shortstop, was also recognized with an honorable mention accolade.

They were two of 11 Heart of Iowa Conference players to land on the all-state teams.

South Hamilton shortstop Ady Wintermote (right) lunges to apply the tag during a Class 2A regional semifinal against BCLUW in Conrad earlier this month. Wintermote was recently named an honorable mention all-state player in Class 2A by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

A .280 hitter who was slotted in the No. 9 position throughout her junior season, Moss became South Hamilton’s most productive offensive player as a senior. She led the team in on base percentage (.473), slugging percentage (.677), hits (41), runs scored (43), triples (6), walks (10) and stolen bases (16). She ranked second in batting average (.414), doubles (11) and RBI (20).

South Hamilton head coach Rusty Wintermote said he began to see Moss evolve at the plate during the final two weeks of the 2016 season and she carried that over to 2017.

“Offensively we noticed a pretty good turnaround late last season and (assistant coach) Harry McMaken really did a super job with her the last couple weeks of her junior year,” Wintermote said. “She just started seeing and making contact, and then she just used her talent. She was lights out this year.”

Moss was another coach on the field when she roamed the outfield.

“She just made it easy where you didn’t worry defensively about how that was going to be managed,” Wintermote said. “She owned it out there.”

While Moss hit lead-off, Ady Wintermote was right behind her in the second spot and they caused headaches for opposing pitchers and defenses throughout the season.

Now a two-time all-state selection on the diamond, Ady Wintermote, who was named the 2017 Daily Freeman-Journal Female Athlete of the Year last week, hit .347 and led the team in home runs (6) and RBI (33). She scored 29 runs and lashed 10 doubles.

The leader of the Hawks’ pitching staff for two years, Ady Wintermote took a step back and played primarily at shortstop during her senior season. Like Moss in the outfield, she became the voice of the infield.

“She stepped back (from pitching) and helped make the team more successful,” Rusty Wintermote said of his youngest daughter. “She was a leader out there for us.”