Diersen, Grubb land on all-HOIC 2nd team

Hawks’ Harris, Skartvedt honorable mention choices

South Hamilton lead-off hitter Breanne Diersen connects with a pitch against West Marshall in State Center this season. The junior was recently named to the all-HOIC second team. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — Following an 11-16 season that included a trip to the Class 2A regional semifinal round, the South Hamilton softball team collected four Heart of Iowa Conference accolades recently.

The Hawks, who finished 5-6 and tied for fourth in the league, placed senior Marla Grubb and junior Breanne Diersen on the all-HOIC second team. Cortney Harris and Lily Skartvedt, both juniors, were honorable mention selections.

Conference champion Roland-Story and runner-up North Polk dominated the first team with 10 of the 13 selections. The Norsemen, the 3A state runner-up, garnered six spots, and the Comets collected four.

Diersen, who split time behind the plate and in the outfield, hit at a .391 clip at the top of the Hawks’ order. She smacked 34 hits, four of which were doubles, and scored a team-high 18 runs to go along with 12 RBIs. She was also perfect in 10 stolen base attempts.

Grubb, an all-district and honorable mention all-state pick, was also versatile. She spent the early portion of the season at third base and then was the Hawks primary catcher over the final month of the season.

South Hamilton senior Marla Grubb (left) looks to tag out a West Marshall base runner attempting to score during a game this season. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Grubb put together a .402 batting average with two home runs and 16 RBIs. She produced 33 hits, including eight that went for extra bases, and scored 11 runs.

Harris, South Hamilton’s clean-up stick, was the team’s top hitter with a .404 average. She went yard twice and drove in a team-best 23 runs. Among her team-high 36 hits, 13 were doubles and triples.

Skartvedt, the team’s starting centerfielder early on, missed nine games after colliding with teammate Emma Lewis during a June game at Saydel. She returned for the closing stretch.

Skartvedt hit .351 with two dingers and 11 RBIs. She scored 14 runs and stole six bases.

All-HOIC Softball

First Team

Pitcher — Riley Holmgren, sr, Roland-Story; Hannah Pals, sr, North Polk.

Catcher — Alle Thompson, jr, Saydel; Hailey Louw, sr, Roland-Story.

Infield — Madison Friest, sr, Roland-Story; Ellie Owen, soph, North Polk; Grace Francis, sr, Nevada; Susie Weaver, jr, Roland-Story.

Outfield — Jenna Clark, sr, Roland-Story; Rebecca Ley, sr, North Polk; Alexis Carney, sr, Saydel.

Utility — Sophie Swygman, jr, North Polk; Sydney Mathis, sr, Roland-Story.

Second Team

Pitcher — Mackenzie Garrett, sr, Nevada; Bailey Hougham, jr, North Polk.

Catcher — Trish Sporaa, soph, North Polk; Katie Sullivan, fr, Nevada.

Infield — Riley Nelson, jr, Gilbert; Sydney Albaugh, sr, North Polk; Jenna Beyers, jr, Greene County; Marla Grubb, sr, South Hamilton.

Outfield — Sydney Anderson, fr, North Polk; Megan Carey, jr, Greene County; Nessa Johnson, fr, Gilbert.

Utility — Samantha Hardaway, sr, Greene County; Breanne Diersen, jr, South Hamilton; Regan Freeland, soph, PCM.

Honorable Mention (of note)

South Hamilton — Cortney Harris, jr; Lily Skartvedt, jr.