Eight Labette Cardinals softball players earned All-KJCCC honors for the 2021 season. Chloee Sams, Winter Snyder, Morgan Schmidt and Labette County High School graduate Jadeyn Wyrick were among those that earned the coveted first team selection.
Grey Holland, Coralys Santiago-Pomales and Katelyn Kotlarz earned second team recognition while reliever Layney Steging garnered honorable mention.
Sams, the Cardinals’ third baseman, hit .412 and slugged .687 while belting nine home runs and 32 RBIs.
“Chloee had a very successful offensive season for us,” Phillips said. “She gave us a second boost of power in the middle of our lineup. She came up with big hits and had a lot of extra-base hits. She was a big offensive threat for us all season.”
Schmidt, the speedster in center field, hit for the second-best average on Labette’s roster at .431. She stole 44 bases, had 14 extra-base hits and notched 21 RBIs.
“Schmidt fine-tuned her slapping skills and added the ability to swing away,” Phillips said. “Not only was she a threat with her speed, but she could drive a ball into a gap. She was our tone-setter at the top of the lineup. Defensively, she saved a lot of innings and covered a lot of the outfield.”
Snyder, who spent most of her year as the designated hitter for Labette, registered a .375 average and .727 slugging percentage with eight home runs a team-high 17 doubles.
“She’s a very versatile player that has good speed,” Phillips said. “She can bunt for a hit and get a ball down if we need to move a runner. But she also had power to drive a ball out of the yard to score a couple. She’s always a consistent offensive threat no matter where we had her in the lineup.”
Wyrick, the local product, was one of three Labette pitchers to earn All-KJCCC honors. The Altamont native had a 14-7 record over 106 innings pitched with a team-low 2.97 ERA.
“Jadeyn was mentally, one of the toughest pitchers,” Phillips said. “We put her in Game 1 because we knew what we’d get out of her day in and day out. She really matured as a pitcher that developed the ability to spot up every one of her pitches. It’s hard to find good pitching, so to find it in our back door is a blessing.”
First baseman Grey Holland, who broke the school’s single-season home run record with 15 this spring and tied the career record at 21, hit .398. Her 69 RBIs this season also tied the single-season school record.
“Grey wasn’t only essential for us offensively and defensively, but she was the heart of our energy,” Phillips said. “She was that confidence and rebound type of player. Even if she’s having an off day, she was always going to help us with the mental aspect of the game. She was a vital part of everybody’s success.”
Catcher and Puerto Rico native Santiago-Pomales led the Cardinals with a .442 batting average while launching eight homers and registering 39 RBIs.
“She was a big hitter that came up in big situations and made our offense able to explode,” Phillips said. “She’s also a very smart baserunner to extend singles into doubles or run on balls in the dirt. I’m very pleased with how her freshman year came out.”
Freshman pitcher Katelyn Kotlarz went 15-4 on the year with a 3.91 ERA and a team-high 94 strikeouts, the sixth-most in school history.
“She battled an injury from the middle of the fall to the spring, but she found a way to work,” Phillips said. “She threw as many pitches as she could and was always looking to improve herself. She asked questions and made herself a better player. She located the zone very well and has a bright future.”
Steging, who served as a true relief pitcher for the Cardinals, recorded three saves and maintained a 3.38 ERA over 66.1 innings with 29 strikeouts.
“As much as she did for us in the situations she came into, she’s more deserving than honorable mention,” Phillips said. “It’s still a great honor. She did a tremendous job for us coming into tough situations and get us out of big innings. That’s a game-changer to have that kind of a player.”
Labette’s 2021 campaign wrapped last weekend at the NJCAA Region VI Tournament, where the Cardinals made the championship round before falling to Murray State. The Cardinals finished second in the KJCCC in the regular season and finished the season with a 34-16 record.
2021 ALL-KJCCC SOFTBALL
1B: Kaylin Watkins, Johnson County
2B: Kerstyn Finch, Highland
SS: Gabby Schultz, Highland
3B: Chloee Sams, Labette
UT: Dakota Miller, Highland
UT: Winter Snyder, Labette
OF: Paige Hughes, Cowley
OF: Kayla Lee, Cloud County
OF: Morgan Schmidt, Labette
C: Cheyenne Minnick, Highland
P: Lilli Weir, Highland
P: Jadeyn Wyrick, Labette
P: Kyla Etter, Johnson County
1B: Aliks Serna, Highland
1B: Grey Holland, Labette
2B: Micah North, Cowley
SS: Jessie Miranda, Hesston
3B: Kimberlin Hopson, Hesston
UT: Kayla McClellan, Cowley
OF: Alexis Silvey, Hesston
OF: Kirsten Birdwell, Neosho County
OF: Katie Boline, Neosho County
C: Coralys Santiago-Pomales, Labette
P: Ashlynn Mercer, Cowley
P: Bradi Basler, Kansas City Kansas
P: Katelyn Kotlarz, Labette
Andie Wilson, Allen; Madelynn Collins, Allen; Maddy Tadrus, Coffeyville; Tyra Owl, Coffeyville; Taylor Glause, Cloud County; Dezmon Duncan, Cowley; Elizabeth Luttrell, Cowley, Tatyana Curry, Cowley; Brooke Mason, Cowley; Marissa Harrison, Hesston; Aubrey Griffith, Johnson County; Aubrey Peck, Johnson County; Katie Enneking, Johnson County; Emma Baldwin, Johnson County; Emma Martin, Johnson County; Savannah Maynard, Kansas City Kansas; Alaina Howe, Kansas City Kansas; Jenna Daugherty, Kansas City Kansas; Alexis Rymer, Kansas City Kansas; Devin Purcell, Kansas City Kansas; BreAnna Droge, Kansas City Kansas; Layney Steging, Labette; Journee Zito, Neosho County; Hannah Duin, Neosho County; Olivia Cummings, Neosho County; Cassidy Paulson, Neosho County