ABOUT THIS TEAM: The 2002 All-Standard Democrat Softball Team is a collection of the best softball players in the Standard Democrat coverage area. Players were selected by position, based on their performance in the spring season. Teams in our coverage area include Oran, Chaffee, New Madrid County Central, Portageville, Scott City, Charleston, Kelly, East Prairie, Delta, Richland, Dexter and Scott County Central. Photos were taken by Lance Hanlin.
Noon played a big part in Scott City's offense this season, batting .379 with 13 RBIs with an on-base percentage of .471. She was also solid defensively, committing no errors in right field. Scott City finished the year 8-5-1, posting a 14-5 win over Chaffee and a 12-2 victory over Delta.
Harper played almost everywhere for Kelly this year, including catcher and first base. And she succeeded at all positions, finishing with a perfect fielding percentage. She was also productive at the plate, batting .565 with five doubles, one triple, 16 RBIs and scored 18 runs. Her slugging percentage was .870. Not bad for a freshman.
Kluesner was a key contributor in Kelly's 12-0 season, batting .462 with 10 runs and eight RBIs. She almost always put the ball in play, striking out once and walking twice in 26 plate appearances. She also stole three bases and had a 1.000 fielding percentage, playing right and center field.
Outstanding both on the mound and at the plate, Essner was our choice for Player of the Year. She set a new school record with an astronomical .708 batting average, driving in 18 RBIs and scoring 10 runs. As a pitcher, she was 5-0 with four perfect games and a 0.00 ERA.
Senciboy put together a 10-game hitting streak and finished the spring with a .630 average. She had two doubles, two triples, scored 21 runs and had a slugging percentage of .852. Her on-base percentage was .697. Next spring, she will be Kelly's top player.
Evans stepped in for Melanie Heuring this spring and added another extraordinary season to her stellar coaching resume. The Lady Hawks finished the year 12-0, outscoring their opponents 169 to 5. The team batting average was .452. Evans has 198 wins in her career.
Walter was a solid all-around player for the Lady Red Devils this season. She carried an average of .513 with four doubles, three triples, 20 RBIs and six stolen bases. She was just as productive in the field, playing third base, shortstop and even catcher one game. She was the best player on Chaffee's team.
Graham started the spring out on a tear, hitting around .700 through Chaffee's first five games. She cooled a little, but still finished the season strong with a .410 average. She scored 10 runs with one double, one triple, 18 RBIs and five stolen bases. Defensively, she made a nice transition to first after starting every game in left field last season.
After Teresa Hodges went down in the second game of the season, Oran looked to Dirnberger to carry the team on her shoulders. The aggressive, hard-nosed shortstop did exactly that, batting .379 with one double, two triples, and 13 runs. She led the area in stolen bases with 24 and was walked 11 times in 11 games. Oran finished the year 8-2-1.
After struggling in Delta's first five games, Dohogne attempted to end her slump by scrapping her unique batting stance and adopting a more traditional style. The move paid off as she finished the year strong with a .416 average. Delta finished the year with a 5-4-1 record.
A strong contender for Player of the Year, the overpowering Robey dominated every team she faced this season. Throwing just under 60 m.p.h., the southpaw allowed three hits in 37 innings of work, recording 92 strikeouts. She finished 9-0 with a 0.00 ERA and had five no-hitters and two perfect games.
Hodges was up to the daunting task of catching Heather Robey this year and established herself as one of the area's top players. She batted .425 with 8 RBIs and 21 runs. She recently signed a letter of intent to play for Dyersburg State.
Sexton played third base and some shortstop for NMCC's 17-0 team this spring, making the Lady Eagles strong up the middle. She was NMCC's offensive MVP, batting .526 with six RBIs and four steals. She will play for Dyersburg State next season.