In another batch of postseason honors for the Labette Cardinals softball team, five players earned NJCAA Region VI District E recognition.

Audrey Miller was selected as a First Team catcher, while Payton Nigh, Haylee Van Deventer, Jessica Allen and Erika Reed were Second Team honorees.

Nigh and Van Deventer were the two sophomores to make the district team. 

Nigh, the Labette shortstop this spring, hit .318 with 21 RBI, three home runs and 12 stolen bases. 

Van Deventer, a pitcher, led the Cardinals with 120.1 innings pitched, maintained a 12-5 record and 3.20 ERA with 91 strikeouts over 24 appearances this spring.

“Both of them did well,” Labette head coach Ryan Phillips said. “Haylee threw very well for us late, and Payton was consistent for us throughout the year. Offensively, she picked up late as well. She was our leader going into the postseason. Haylee’s productivity late in the postseason was crucial, she threw a lot of innings.” 

The Cardinals will return three freshmen – Miller, Reed and Allen — that earned district honors.

Miller was Labette’s biggest threat offensively, hitting .415 with 11 home runs, 44 RBI and 13 doubles while slugging .756. As a catcher, Miller caught 15-of-41 base-stealers.

Reed hit .261 this spring with 22 RBI and eight stolen bases with three home runs and four doubles, while Allen hit .258 with nine RBI and one home run. 

Phillips added that he thought Julia Hawkins, who earned All-KJCCC recognition, deserved All-District E honors as well.

“We have a good core coming back,” Phillips said. “It’s great honors for them. I thought Julia was at least deserving of getting a nod, but to each their own. She got all-conference. The core we have with our freshmen group is exciting to build on.” 

Labette finished the season with a 23-20 overall record, snapping a two-year streak of losing seasons, and returned to Topeka for the double elimination bracket portion of the Region VI Tournament after missing out in 2018. 


NJCAA Region VI District E Team


First Team

INF, Haleigh Scott, Cowley

INF, Chevelle Sartin, Highland

INF, Bella Konieczka, Highland

INF, Alexis Hodapp, Highland

OF, Ashton Friend, Cowley

OF, Alyssa Wesley, Highland

OF, Hannah Schmidt, Highland

P, Ashlynn Mercer, Cowley

C, Skylar Darnell, Cowley

P, Kaelee Escoe, Neosho County

C, Audrey Miller, Labette

DP, Christian Wind, Cowley

UT, Abby Cox, Fort Scott


Second Team

INF, Darby Lewis, Allen

INF, Taylah Perez, Cowley

INF, Payton Nigh, Labette

INF, Kinsley Stewart, Neosho County

OF, Macie Cervantes, Allen

OF, Morgan Welch, Coffeyville

OF, Taylor Hinnenkamp, Cowley

P, Ashytn Jurging, Allen

P, Delanie Freeze, Fort Scott

P, Bailey Lacy, Highland

P, Haylee Van Deventer, Labette

DP, Jessica Allen, Labette

UT, Erika Reed, Labette


NJCAA Region VI District D Team


First Team

INF, Jessie Miranda, Hesston

INF, Adrianna Ruiz, Hesston

INF, Kaylee Arnzen, Kansas City Kansas

INF, Hannah Redick, Kansas City Kansas

OF, Lexi Avalos, Hesston

OF, Emily Fox, Johnson County

OF, Devin Purcell, Kansas City Kansas

P, Chelsea Smith, Hesston

P, Kerrigan Dixon, Johnson County

P, Shaylun Grosstephan, Kansas City Kansas

C, Kerry Murphy, Johnson County

DP, Amy Bretado, Hesston

UT, Kaylen Lassley, Hesston


Second Team

INF, Paige Bittle, Hesston

INF, Dezmen Duncan, Johnson County

INF, Britney Smith, Kansas City Kansas

INF, Shaylun Grosstephan, Kansas City Kansas

OF, Alyssa Aguilar, Hesston

OF, Megan Weigel, Johnson County

OF, Ivy Brewer, Johnson County

P, Mattison Hogrefe, Cloud County

P, Mackenzie Pinkerton, Kansas City Kansas

C, Emily Wells, Cloud County

C, Sadie Leatherman, Hesston

DP, Kelsy Orender, Johnson County

UT, Mattison Hogrefe, Cloud County

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