Softball players C. Cook, Hankin, Hamel cheated out of All-Star bids

Russell Finelsen, Editor-in-Chief

The Class AAAA Section All-Star rosters were recently released, and softball players Morgan Crawford, Haley Reid, Taylor Andres, Shelby Reid, Rachel Albert, and Jess Cook were selected, while Julia Sherwin and Jordan Porzio were honorable mentions. However, there were two players that were left off the roster and should have been All-Stars.

Carolyn Cook, Cheyenne Hamel, and Rachel Hankin were huge parts of the Black Hawks’ offense. And, they were deserving of All-Star status.

C. Cook, a catcher, was great alongside fellow catcher S. Reid. In 30 at-bats, C. Cook had six RBIs, 12 runs, and nine hits. Two of those hits were for extra bases. She also earned two walks during the season. Even though she was great this year, she should be even better next year, when she will most likely be the sole catcher barring injury.

Even though she is only a freshman, Outfielder Hamel showed that she has the potential to be a star. Hamel only had three hits in 18 at-bats and two RBIs, but had 10 runs scored. She also displayed great defensive skills during the season, which should have warranted her All-Star status (or at least Freshman of the Year).

Hankin also did well during the season. She had six hits in 23 at-bats, including a double, triple, and a home run. This led to five RBIs and eight runs scored. She also showed her quick running speed, leading the team with four stolen bases. Her speed helped the Black Hawks capitalize on many scoring chances.