Sports

Process-driven competitors carry Demons to conference title

By Doug Brenneman, JOURNAL Sports


 


There was a festival of food at Washington High School Tuesday night when the Demons? softball team celebrated their Southeast Conference title season with a banquet.


It was a season driven by a process that resulted in a successful campaign.


?I can?t say enough about the 2018 team,? Washington head coach Ben Obermann said. ?We talk a lot about focusing on the process and controlling what we can control, and the girls did a great job of believing in themselves and trusting that mindset.?


The Demons celebrated a championship season that saw them progressively improve until it ended in the postseason with a 3-1 loss to Newton. Newton (25-8) plays today at the state tournament for third.


The Demons had an overall record of 17-22, but tied Keokuk for the Southeast Conference title with a 10-6 league record.


?They came ready to compete each and every day,? Obermann said. ?I loved the close-knit group we had and their personalities, which made for a really enjoyable summer.?


The Demons lost seven in a row at one point in the season but won 11 of their last 15 games, that included a sweep of Mount Pleasant for the first time in five years.


?The girls bought in to what we were doing,? Obermann said after the last game. ?I think we started clicking on all cyliners at the right time.?


Obermann presented All-Conference, All-District and team awards.


Kellie Dallmeyer, freshman catcher and third baseman for Washington, was selected to the Class 4A All-Southeast Distrcit team. She joined fellow Southeast Conference players Chi Glaha of Mount Pleasant, Michaela Davis of Keokuk and Ashtyn Drish of Fairfield on the 14-person team. The other three SEC players are all seniors.


Dallmeyer carried a .442 batting average, a .673 slugging percentage and a 558 on-base percentage. She led the team with 39 runs scored, four home runs, 12 doubles, 50 hits, 23 runs batted in and in fielding percentage at .987. She caught eight runners stealing in 10 attempts.


Demon seniors Megan Mitchell, shortstop, and Morgan Brinning, left fielder, along with Dallmeyer were first team all-conference performers.


Mitchell batted .354 with six doubles, two triples and 21 RBI. Brinning batted .357 with six doubles, 19 RBI and an OBP of .497. Brinning led the Demons hit by pitches with 11 and in stolen bases with nine. She was only caught stealing one time.


Junior pitcher/right fielder Molly Sparks and sophomore catcher/third baseman Kaitlyn Mitchell garnered second team accolades.


Sparks pitched 133 innings with a 3.84 earned run average, 28 walks, 72 strikeouts and 19 starts. She led the team in sacrifices with eight, batted in 22 runs, averaged .297 with seven doubles and a home run. Mitchell batted in 17 runs, hit eight doubles, had an OBP of .399 and struck out just four times in 113 at-bats.


Junior first baseman Haylee Wilson and sophomore pitcher/right fielder Alexa Mitchell received honorable mention.


Wilson tied for the team lead in RBI with 23 and batted .339 with four doubles. Mitchell had a .333 OBP with six doubles. She had 18 starts in the circle with 59 strikeouts and only nine bases on balls. Her ERA was 4.44.


Team awards, which were voted for by the Demon players, were also announced. Dallmeyer was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year. Megan Mitchell and Sparks were presented the Extra Inning award. Morgan Brinning was the team?s Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year. Sophomore Kinsey Duwa got the Competitor award. Sophomore Halle Leyden was Most Improved.


?It was a season of great growth and we have a lot to be proud of,? Obermann said.


 


SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE


FINAL STANDINGS


Team
Conf.     Overall


Washington
10-6
18-19


Keokuk
10-6
17-22


Fairfield
9-7
18-24


Mt. Pleasant
6-10
13-26


Fort Madison
5-11
11-24