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    State titles and school records: These are Central Indiana softball's top sophomores

    By Brian Haenchen, Indianapolis Star,

    2024-06-19

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    The Class of 2026 has officially arrived on the Indiana softball scene. There were a number of sophomore standouts here in Central Indiana, including a few who led their teams to Bittinger Stadium and the IHSAA championships.

    Here are 35 of the area’s top-performing sophomores from the past spring.

    Elise Baker, Roncalli, OF-P

    Baker stepped into a more significant role for the Royals and shined, batting .443 with 35 hits, 29 RBIs and 28 runs scored. She went 4-0 over 11 appearances in the circle (35.2 innings), posting a 2.16 ERA and 40 strikeouts, and was perfect on 30 chances in the field (one assist).

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    MacKenzie Carey, Lebanon, 2B-SS

    Carey racked up 54 hits on a .486 average. She hit three doubles and a homer, drove in 18 runs and scored 32 runs herself. She also stole 17 bases and upped her fielding percentage to .906 with 66 assists, 50 putouts and five double plays.

    Lily Cash, Hamilton Heights, P

    Cash was very efficient in the circle for the regional champs, scoring a 3.13 ERA and 34 strikeouts with only three walks over 31.1 innings pitched. She batted .356 with 32 hits, four homers, five doubles, 27 runs and 21 RBIs.

    Hayli Clampitt, Speedway, P-UTIL

    The three-sport standout raised her batting average to .353 with five doubles, two triples and two homers, plus 18 runs scored and 12 RBIs — all career-highs. In addition to stealing six bases and turning a triple play in the field, Clampitt lowered her ERA to 3.55 in the circle, collecting four wins and 112 strikeouts in the process (116.1 innings pitched).

    Regan Cooper, Avon, 1B

    Second only to senior Hannah Sutton, Cooper batted .429 over 26 varsity games with 33 hits, 22 runs and nine RBIs. She had three hits in April games against Center Grove, Castle and Brownsburg. Cooper also turned five double plays in the field and stole three bases.

    Sidney Feczko, Cathedral, P

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    The sophomore settled in as the Irish's No. 1 pitcher, compiling a 20-4 record, 2.00 ERA and 169 strikeouts over 25 appearances (139.2 innings). Feczko also batted .370 with 27 hits (three triples), 13 RBIs and six runs for the sectional champs.

    Kylie Fish, Plainfield, 3B

    The Quakers' leading hitter, Fish logged 34 hits in 88 at-bats (.386). She hit for power (12 doubles, two triples, six homers) and generated 49 runs (26 scored, 23 batted in). She also stole drew 10 walks and stole a couple bases.

    Lacie Godby, Cascade, 1B-P

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    Godby led the 2A champions with 53 hits and 47 RBIs. She boasted a .495 average which included 17 home runs (tops on the team), three dingers and 24 runs scored. She also pitched 66 innings, striking out 71 batters and posting a 1.17 ERA with nine wins.

    Lilly Heath, Avon, CF

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    Heath cut her strikeout total in half while continuing to produce at a high-level at the plate. She collected 40 hits (.412), 40 runs and 18 RBIs, with nine doubles, three triples and a homer. Heath swiped nine bases and recorded four assists from the outfield.

    Leah Helton, Zionsville, P

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    A third team all-state honoree and first team all-conference pick, Helton was dynamite for the Eagles. She was 9-3 with 151 strikeouts and a sub-2.00 ERA over 98.2 innings in the circle, and posted an average of .448 with five triples and 20 RBIs from the middle of the Zionsville lineup.

    Kaelee Jacobs, North Central, P-OF

    Jacobs shined in her second varsity season, batting .478 with 32 hits, 18 runs and 18 RBIs. She registered four assists and 32 putouts on 37 chances in the field and collected seven hits with 69 strikeouts over 79.1 innings in the circle.

    Delaney Jones, Indian Creek, P-1B

    Jones continued producing at a steady rate at the plate, batting .419 with 31 hits, 27 RBIs and 13 RBIs. Her line included eight homers, six doubles and a triple, and she was solid in the circle, posting an 8-5 record with a 3.10 ERA and 106 strikeouts (88 innings).

    Jalynn Keith, Triton Central, UTIL

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    Keith collected 33 hits and 32 runs scored. She notched seven doubles, four triples, two homers and 16 RBIs with a .384 average over 25 games for the sectional champions. Keith also swiped 18 bases.

    Jayden Kleiner, Carmel, SS-C-3B

    Kleiner broke out at the plate this spring, batting .438 with 39 hits, 35 runs and 36 RBIs. Her collection of hits included 10 doubles and six homers, and she registered four double plays in the field. She boasts a career .380 average with 50 RBIs.

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    Kensly Larkin, Brownsburg, OF

    Larkin batted .398 for the Bulldogs, driving in 19 runs and scoring 21 times herself. Her 33 hits included eight doubles and a triple, and she also stole four bases.

    Aubrey Leugers, Franklin, OF-SS-2B-3B

    Leugers led the Grizzly Cubs with 42 RBIs to go with nine homers and four triples. She averaged .337 at the plate and stole 13 bases.

    Addison Martin, Franklin, OF

    Martin dazzled in her first varsity season, posting a .585 average that included 38 hits, 25 runs scored and 16 RBIs. She doubled five times, tripled once and stole 12 bases. Martin also recorded 22 putouts and a couple assists in the field.

    Ayva Mayes, Plainfield, SS

    Mayes took off as a sophomore, batting .347 (up from .218 as a freshman) with 34 hits, eight doubles, 24 runs scored and 20 RBIs. She only struck out eight times (down from 15 last season) and stole 12 bases.

    Brynn Meyer, Center Grove, 2B

    Meyer enjoyed a career year at the plate, batting .430 with 40 hits, 29 runs and 24 RBIs. She hit 13 doubles, homered and swiped six bases. Meyer was nearly flawless in the field, registering 51 putouts and 51 assists on 69 chances.

    Leyla Miller, Lutheran, 3B-SS

    Miller helped the Saints return to semistate, batting .442 with 38 hits, 21 runs and 18 RBIs. She scored six doubles and one homer, and swiped three bases. Miller is a career .442 hitter.

    Sarah Miller, Franklin Central, OF

    The Flashes' top hitter in the spring, Miller batted .454 with 44 hits, 33 runs scored and 22 RBIs. Nearly half of her hits went for extra bases, with eight doubles, six triples and six home runs. She led the team in each of those statistical categories.

    AG Pogue, Brownsburg, C

    Pogue was solid in the field, logging 187 putouts and 19 assists on 209 chances (.986). She also maintained her numbers at the plate, batting .322 with 28 hits (two homers), 14 RBIs and eight runs.

    Macie Pugh, Cascade, OF

    Pugh batted .384 in her first full varsity season, racking up 33 hits, 22 RBIs and 26 runs scored. She hit three homers, stole a team-high 21 bases and collected 17 putouts and a couple assists in the outfield.

    Savvanna Riall, Greenfield-Central, 3B-SS

    A team captain in her second season, Riall nearly doubled her average from the year before, batting .507 with 38 hits (eight doubles, two triples, six home runs), 30 RBIs and 31 runs scored. She drew 12 walks (.580 OBP), only struck out four times and stole four bases.

    Charlotte Riehle, Greenfield-Central, C-3B

    Riehle played in 24 games, logging 31 hits (.403 average; six doubles, two homers), 29 RBIs and 16 runs scored. She was virtually flawless in the field, recording 69 putouts, nine assists and a double play on 70 chances.

    Paige Stires, Lapel, C-OF

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    Stires helped lift the Bulldogs to their first state finals appearance in program history, batting .430 with 40 hits, 29 runs scored and 24 RBIs. She posted 13 doubles and a homer, and swiped six bases. Stires notched 15 assists and a double play in the field.

    Kenna Streeval, Edinburgh, 2B-SS-P

    Streeval was a menace on the basepaths, swiping 22 bases over 21 games. She boasted a .623 OBP with a .586 average (41 hits) that included nine doubles, three triples and three homers. Streeval scored 30 runs and drove in 22. She also went 4-0 in the circle with a 2.71 ERA and 58 strikeouts over 41.1 innings.

    Macy Stroud, Perry Meridian, OF-C

    Stroud was top-3 in every major batting statistic. She led the team in average (.562), hits (45), runs (27) and triples (4), ranked second in doubles (3) and third in RBIs (20). She also stole 18 bases and was perfect on 54 chances in the field.

    Grace Swedarsky, Hamilton Southeastern, P

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    Swedarsky followed a breakout freshman campaign with a dominating encore for the 4A state champion Royals. She posted an 18-2 record with a 1.05 ERA and 270 strikeouts over 140 innings pitched. She did not allow a home run and issued just 23 walks.

    Addisyn Trackwell, Eastern Hancock, 3B-OF

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    The rapidly rising sophomore batted .425 with 37 hits (eight doubles, three triples, two home runs), 26 RBIs and 32 runs scored for the regional champion Royals. She also stole 15 bases and recorded 13 assists in the field.

    Kacee Trivett, Tri-West, C

    Labeled by coach Mike Miller as one of the best defensive catchers Tri-West has had, Trivett's first varsity season coincided with Oklahoma commit Audrey Lowry's last. And she proved up to the task, recording a couple assists and only one error. She made a couple dazzling plays in the semistate final vs. Silver Creek and batted .273 with 13 runs and four RBIs.

    Makayla Watson, Westfield, OF

    Watson led the Shamrocks at the plate, batting .338 with 27 runs and 14 RBIs. She also stole 20 bases and collected four assists and two double plays in the field.

    Emily Wendt, Bishop Chatard, 3B-SS

    Wendt made a splash in her first full varsity season, batting .394 with 41 hits, 28 RBIs and 25 runs scored. She doubled 13 times and stole three bases for the Trojans over 36 games.

    Kristen Wineinger, Greenfield-Central, 2B-SS

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    The team's defensive player of the year, Wineinger was charged with only four errors on 84 chances (.952) with 16 assists, 54 putouts and four double plays. She batted above .400 for a second consecutive season (.434), hit six doubles, homered three times, drove in 22 runs and scored 34 times. The second-year standout also stole 15 bases.

    Audrina Yorn, Franklin Central, 2B-UTIL

    Yorn matched her OBP from last season (.404), posting a .352 average which included 31 hits (seven doubles), 12 runs scored and 14 RBIs. She also stole a base and turned a couple double plays in the field.

    Honorable mentions

    Avon : Addie Forst; Ben Davis : Brooklynn Chambers; Brebeuf Jesuit : Danica Geyer; Brownsburg : Tatum Hunt; Cathedral : Amya Gary; Danville : Autumn Muncy; Eastern Hancock : Lilli Ringer; Fishers : Adrianne Cooke; Franklin : Annabelle Ritcher; Franklin Central : Mariah Brown, Adalynn Foster, Ava Fowler, Alex Ireland, Ashyr Lawson, Sarah Miller, Kiley Renick; Guerin Catholic : Kate Brady, Lauren Brady; Greenwood : Kinsley Clark; Heritage Christian : Hannah Jones; Indian Creek : Addie Schaub; Indiana Deaf : Jaiden Moses; Irvington Prep : Bailey Cline; Lutheran : Gracie Boggs; Martinsville : Mya Lewis; Pendleton Heights : Avry Miller; Southport : Ally Kiefner; Speedway : Aria Graves, Kat Hill; Tri-West : Natalie Tharp; Warren Central : Jordan Warbinton; Westfield : Sofia Easterhaus; Whiteland : Aubrey Felker.

    Follow Brian Haenchen on Twitter at @Brian_Haenchen .

    This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: State titles and school records: These are Central Indiana softball's top sophomores

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