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Five SLHS softball players make first-All-Lakes team

Monday, July 24, 2006

Five Storm Lake High softball players made the first 2006 All-Lakes Conference team, while two other Tornado players made the second team.

The three seniors on the team, pitcher/shortstop Trish Halder, third baseman Ty Zimmerman and centerfielder Heidi Hammen, were unanimous selections. Sophomore first baseman Amanda Proczak was also a unanimous first team pick.

Also named to the first team was SL eighth-grade catcher Slone Masters.

SLHS players named to the second All-Lakes team were junior pitcher/shortstop Morgan Darrow and junior outfielder Lindsay Guenther.

In 2006, the Tornadoes were 30-15 going into tonight's Class 3A Region 2 semifinal game with Carroll.

Zimmerman, who will play softball for Coe College in Cedar Rapids next year, will leave the Tornado program as its most prolific power hitter ever.

As of 40 games, Zimmerman led the Tornadoes in batting average (.378), RBI (40), homeruns (9), on-base percentage (.434) and slugging percentage (.677).

Halder was slowed the last couple weeks of the season with a minor knee injury, has been SLHS' pitching ace each of the past three seasons.

In 2006 thus far, she sports a 19-6 record with a 0.74 earned run average (ERA).

The senior has pitched 165 innings this season, yielding 97 hits, walking just 23 and striking out 119. At the plate, Halder hits in the leadoff spot, where she's batting .300 with 15 RBI, seven doubles and two triples.

Hammen was one of the top defensive outfielders in the Lakes in 2006. She is having a strong senior year at the plate with a .317 average and 21 RBI. Hammen has stolen 11 bases and has ten doubles and three triples. She also has a .492 slugging percentage.

Masters filled in well at catcher this year, after Mel Fisher played at the position for the previous five years.

In 2006 thus far, Masters is hitting .342, second on the team. She has hit five doubles with 26 RBI and also has been one of the top defensive catchers in the Lakes.

Darrow would be the ace pitcher on most teams' staffs, and her statistics back that up. So far in 2006, Darrow is 10-5 with a 1.60 ERA. She's thrown 119 innings and given up 97 hits while striking out 60.

At the plate, Darrow has been the Tornadoes' third-place hitter for much of the season. So far, she's hitting .333, third on the team.

She has driven in 30 runs with seven doubles, five triples and a .492 slugging percentage.

Guenther has been a surprisingly strong run producer in her junior year. Through 40 games, she had driven in 35 runs, second only to Zimmerman. She's hitting .295 with seven doubles and a triple.

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