Flaws caps career with 2nd team all-state honor

Hawks’ Grubb honorable mention in Class 2A?by Iowa Girls Coaches Assoc.

Webster City senior Haley Flaws makes contact with a pitch during a game this season. Following a campaign in which she hit .463, Flaws was named to the IGCA Class 4A all-state second team last week. DFJ file photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — When she reached base, which was a lot, the odds were good that she was going to score. And there really wasn’t a lot the defense could do to stop her.

Softball and speed, the two go hand in hand. They did for Haley Flaws anyway.

Webster City’s quick senior left fielder put together a stellar 2018 season and capped it off last week with a Iowa Girls Coaches Association second-team all-state honor in Class 4A. A three-year starter for head coach Jess Howard, Flaws was a weapon every time she stepped into the batter’s box.

“It’s good to see when hard work and dedication to a program and commitment to a team pay off for a kid,” Howard said of Flaws’ all-state accolade. “She did a great job of getting better in the offseason and she really produced during the season. So to be recognized by the state is huge.”

Flaws hit .463 this season, which ranked in the 4A top 20 batting averages. She smacked 50 hits, five of which went for extra bases, and scored 38 runs.

But it was her ability to turn on the jets and swipe bases that made her one of the state’s most valuable assets. Flaws stole 38 bases, the third-most in the class, in 39 attempts and constantly applied pressure to opposing defenses.

“I can’t imagine what that feels like,” Howard jokingly said of Flaws’ speed. “It was so easy for us to have a runner on second 50 percent of the time whenever she was up to bat. She could steal third and there were times when we’d score without having anyone else do anything. She was just a huge offensive threat for any team she had to go up against.”

A three-year starter, Flaws finished her career with 94 stolen bases and was thrown out just three times. An ankle injury cut her sophomore season down to just 12 games.

Flaws leaves WCHS ranked in the top five all-time in stolen bases. Her older sister, Allie, holds the school record with 163.

South Hamilton senior Marla Grubb was a 2A honorable mention all-state selection. She hit at a .402 clip with two home runs and 16 RBIs for the Hawks. Eight of her 33 hits went for extra bases.

All-State Teams

By Iowa Girls Coaches Association

CLASS 4A

First Team

Mackenzie Hupke, jr, Independence; Samantha Heyer, jr, Charles City; Olivia Brecht, sr, Center Point-Urbana; Emily Valtman, jr, Newton; Hannah Blackford, sr, Des Moines Hoover; Abbie Hlas, soph, ADM; Delaney Schnathorst, soph, Carlisle; Maddie Haines, fr, Oskaloosa; Alyvia Dubois, jr, Carlisle; Danny Barker, sr, Winterset; Ashley Tennant, sr, ADM; Alyx Witt, sr, Norwalk; Josie Bunnell, sr, Oskaloosa; Sydney Nielsen, jr, Marion; Chi Glaha, sr, Mount Pleasant; Sarah Heilesen, jr, Denison-Schleswig; Madelyn Morgensen, jr, Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Lisabeth Fisher, soph, Charles City; Abby Nolte, jr, Des Moines Hoover; Amber Fistler, sr, Dallas Center-Grimes.

Second Team

Ashtyn Miller, sr, Council Bluffs Lewis Central; Abby Moller, jr, North Scott; Tayler Schmidt, sr, Charles City; Reagan Schutte, soph, Center Point-Urbana; Peyton Maher, jr, Newton; Molly Hoekstra, soph, Carlisle; Michaela Davis, sr, Keokuk; Megan Doty, jr, Grinnell; Charlotte Richards, sr, Cedar Rapids Xavier; Alex Mohr, jr, Denison-Schleswig; Abby Husak, soph, Ballard; Keera Ball, jr, Cedar Rapids Xavier; Sophie Stover, sr, Winterset; Lydia Butters, sr, Independence; Haley Flaws, sr, Webster City; Caitlynne Shadle, sr, Boone; Brylee Klosterman, soph, Iowa City Liberty; Morgan Schaben, jr, Harlan; Briley Sodergren, jr, Norwalk; Kellie Dallmeyer, fr, Washington.

Third Team

Maddie Karr, sr, Center Point-Urbana; Kamryn Bailey, sr, Fort Madison; Josie Shudak, sr, Council Bluffs Lewis Central; Johanna Diw, sr, Perry; Jalynn Wood, jr, Keokuk; Emery Neer, jr, Knoxville; McKenzie Rosenboom, jr, Central DeWitt; Ella Link, soph, Western Dubuque; Ashtyn Drish, sr, Fairfield; Aubrey Wolfe, jr, Sioux City Heelan; Sydney Carroll, sr, Bondurant-Farrar; Skylar Cole, soph, Storm Lake; Kinzi Van Wyk, sr, Pella; Hannah Horsfield, sr, Western Dubuque; Molly McNally, jr, Waverly-Shell Rock; Maria Steffen, sr, Cedar Rapids Xavier; Mackenzie Brown, jr, Newton; Josie Stocks, soph, Waterloo East; Isabell Hobbs, soph, Ballard; Chloe Gallegos, fr, Carroll.

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