Following a state-qualifying season, two West Delaware players were named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s Class 4A All-State Softball Team. Sophomore Eve Wedewer was named to the first team and junior Macey Kleitsch the third.
“This year has been incredible,” coach Tiffany Rave said. “I had 14 girls and four coaches on the team that all ‘got it’ and truly knew what it meant to be a part of a team. They supported each other, pushed each other, challenged each other, and most importantly they cared for and respected each other.
“It was a special group of young ladies, and anyone that watched them play could truly see how much they played for the team.”
Wedewer led the Hawks in a bundle of hitting stats. Her batting average of .456 led the team, as did her slugging percentage (.639), on-base percentage (.487), hits (67), runs scored (40) and doubles (19). She was in the top four in RBIs (31) and third in stolen bases (15-of-15).
Kleitsch was one of two key pitchers for the Hawks, amassing 143 innings of work and building a 1.96 ERA, tops on the team. She built a 15-5 record in 22 appearances and walked a mere 16 batters all season. At the plate, she built a .354 batting average and was second on the team in slugging average (.540), struck out seven times and walked as many, was in the top six in RBIs (24) and tied for fourth in doubles (10).
“It brings me great joy that Eve and Macey were recognized on the all-state teams,” Rave said. They are both very talented and deserving athletes, and I could not be more proud. They both had incredible softball years physically, but what they did for their teams on top of that was amazing.
“Eve brought so much energy and intensity to our team on a daily basis. Her competitive spirit was the spark we needed.
“Macey plays with such composure and has a positive attitude. She would do anything that was asked of her, and her ‘gamer’ mentality is so fun to coach. She gets it done in big situations,” Rave concluded.