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2018 Sports in Kansas 4A-II All-State Softball Team

Crain, Hall and Smith earn top honors in 4A-II. (photo: Joyce Kovacic)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Jun 15, 2018

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Sports in Kansas has released its 2018 All-State Softball Team. Selections were finalized by Sports in Kansas with input from several media outlets in Kansas. Input was taken from coaches and athletic director nomination forms sent in to Sports in Kansas following the 2018 season, not prior. This is not the Coaches Association Team, this is from Sports in Kansas only. They also have an all-state team.



Sports in Kansas 4A-II Player of the Year

Sydnee Crain, Girard, Sr.

The senior outfielder is one of the best three sport athletes in the state. She led the Trojans to a third-place finish in 4A-II, one year after leading them to state titles in basketball and softball. She hit a team leading .531 on the season with 43 hits, nine doubles, eight triples, two homers and 32 RBI. She also had 11 stolen bases and scored 50 runs (2nd in KS) with 74 total bases (1st in KS). She hit .606 with runners in scoring position and committed zero errors from her center field position in 25 games for the 24-1 Trojans. Crain has signed with Pittsburg State in basketball. She also garnered 4A-II Player of the Year in basketball after leading 4A-II in scoring average with 23 points per game in 2017-2018.


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BSN Sports and Mike Ashbacher would like to congratulate the 2018 Sports in Kansas 4A-II Player of the Year, Sydnee Crain of Girard High School. Congrats to the Trojans and their coaches on an outstanding season in 2018.

Sports in Kansas 4A-II Pitcher of the Year

Shelby Smith, Girard, Sr.

Girard may have come up short with the title but they had two of the most dominating players in the state this year with Crain and Smith. Smith, who didn’t pitch in the team’s loss to state champion Baldwin, was as dominating as any pitcher in the state in 2018 over the course of the entire season. She went 16-0 on the year while striking out 107 batters in 96 innings pitched with a 0.95 ERA. The Pittsburg State signee also hit .518 on the season with 43 hits in 25 games. She only gave up 48 hits in 96 innings this year. Smith took a huge jump in stardom and improvement this season as last year she was a second team all-league player for the state champion Trojans and now regarded as the top pitcher in 4A-II after dominating her competition in 2018.


Producers Co-Op Farm Store in Girard would like to congratulate the Girard Trojans on an outstanding season in 2018 and to all their players who earned all-state honors from Sports in Kansas!

Producers Co-Op Farm Store in Girard would like to congratulate the Girard Trojans on an outstanding season in 2018 and to all their players who earned all-state honors from Sports in Kansas!

Congratulations on your selection of 4A-II Pitcher of the Year. All of your hard work and dedication to the game all these years has paid off. So proud of you and all of your accomplishments. Love Grandma and Grandpa Sandborn and Grandma and Grandpa Smith.

Sports in Kansas 4A-II State Tournament Most Outstanding Player

Sieana Hall, Baldwin, Sr. OF

Sieana Hall was lights out in the 2018 state tournament for the 4A-II champion. Her 3-run homer against Girard was ultimately what led the Bulldogs to the 4A-II state title. She hit a 3-run run homer to put the Bulldogs up 6-3 over Girard, before Baldwin held off the defending state champion, 6-5 in the semifinals. Hall hit .521 on the season with nine triples, three homers and 25 runs scored with 22 RBI. She has signed with Washburn. Hall’s bat was a huge reason the Bulldogs won five games in a row in the postseason to win the 4A-II crown after entering regional play as a third seed out of four seeds and state as a six seed.

Sports in Kansas 4A-II Coach of the Year

Chad Scoby, Baldwin

Baldwin (18-7) had an outstanding year in girls sports as they won the 4A-II basketball championship in March and followed that up with the 4A-II softball title in May. They also did it all in comeback fashion. The Bulldogs were the unlikely favorite to be a state champion in softball this season but caught fire at the right time by winning five postseason games to capture the 4A-II crown. It was an unlikely title game pitting a six seed in Baldwin against an eight seed Galena in the state title game. After trailing in the opening round game to Burlington they came back in extra innings to win 12-7 in eight innings. They then upset defending state champion Girard as they gave them their only loss of the season in the semifinals, 6-5. After trailing Galena in the state title game, the Bulldogs won 12-10 to capture the 4A-II crown. Baldwin used a full cast of players to get the job done but where the really dominated was with the power of Audrey Flowers and Sienna Hall in the postseason. Baldwin entered regional play at a third seed but knocked off two seed Osawatomie and top seed Santa Fe Trail to reach the state tournament. Outstanding finish for the 4A-II champion.

2018 Sports in Kansas 4A-II All-State Softball

First Team

P- Shelby Smith, Girard

P- Myka Watkins, Burlington

P- Clara Edwards, Clay Center

P-Kayla Kurtz, Baldwin

C- Taylor Peterson, Frontenac

C- Demi Kunkel, Rock Creek

C- Jacque Hulse, Smoky Valley

IF- Briana Cruz, Pratt

IF- Riley McNemar, Galena

IF- Bestey Parmley, Baldwin

IF – Eboni Sapien, Holcomb

IF-Bailey Flewelling, Holton

OF- Sydnee Crain, Girard

OF-Sieana Hall, Baldwin

OF- Sydney Bangert, Kingman

OF- Audrey Flowers, Baldwin

Util- Marci Heatherly, Girard

Util/P- Shaylun Grosstephan, Girard

Second Team

P- Madison Cox, Galena

P- Sarah Bond, Holton

P- Kelsey Simmons, Santa Fe Trail

C- Annalyss Phillips, Holton

C- Emma Grossoehme, Baldwin

IF- Jacey Murphy, Girard

IF- Allie Fry, Baxter

IF- Marrit Mead, Santa Fe Trail

IF- Erin Hammel, Clay Center

IF- Lynzi Myrick, Larned

IF- Makayla McNemar, Galena

OF- Paige Jensen, Galena

OF- Karma Fields, Frontenac

OF- Payton Woody, Pratt

OF- Jewel Lutz, Holton

Util- Breanna Bosley, Pratt

4A-II All-State Honorable Mention

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Kellee Wiggins – Baldwin, McKinley Markey – Baldwin, Shelby Jones – Baldwin, Madison Davis – Frontenac, Nahi Fontenaz – Columbus, Kinley Walden – Columbus, Paige Zahm – Columbus, Ryleigh Sills – Baxter, Laney Shireman – Girard, Bria Ginavan – Frontenac, Kortney Sills – Baxter Springs, Jaylynn Jenkins – Girard, Jara Thrower – Galena, Matti Glover – Larned, Sabannah Booth – Holton, Zoe Holthaus – Jefferson West, Kara Davis – Jefferson West, Piper Davis _ Jefferson West, Demi Kunkel – Rock Creek, Shelby Downard – Marysville, Emma Elliott – Chapman, Ntalie Vines – Concordia, Erin Hammel – Clay Center, Alex Hoelsher – Chapman, Sarah Roberts – Marysville, Piper Johnson – Santa Fe Trail, CHoloe Gardner – Iola, Haleigh Day – Prairie View, Kaitlyn Fanning – Osawatomie, Paige Sloyer – Burlington, Mara Jacobs – Clearwater, Briana Woods – Clearwater, Jenna Urban – Hoisington, Carlie Kelley – Kingman, Kami Theis – Pratt, Taylor Broxberger – Hoisington, Brooke Steinert – Hoisington, Hayley Belt – Kingman, Macey Maloney – Ingman, Bailey Taylor – Kingman, Jenna Finchman – Pratt, Erin Jackson – Pratt, Kendra Grandy – Larned, Dalainy Anderson – Baxter, Jewel Lutz – Holton, Kailey Cashier – Santa Fe Trail, Laney Hoskingson – Hugoton, Meaghan McClure – Hugoton, Makaila Ausemus – Girard, Alexis Jenkins – Girard