Designated player — Faith Biggs, Jr., South Central (.388 BA, 11 HR, 40 RBI, 9 2B, 3 3B, 32 SB)
Bio: South Central softball has been one of the most consistent presences in La Porte County and Biggs behind the plate is a massive reason why the Satellites have been so dominant in recent years. The junior was easily one of the best players in the area, swiping 32 bases (in 33 attempts) and smashing 11 home runs as the leadoff hitter all season. Only teammate Delanie Gale hit more home runs (14) than Biggs. She's a key piece to the basketball team, but softball is where she really flourished this season.
Catcher — Allison Pavlick, So., New Prairie (.391 BA, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 7 2B, 7 SB)
Bio: He may have been a little biased being that she was his everyday catcher, but Cougars coach Derek Hicks repeatedly said no catcher was better in the Northern Indiana Conference than Pavlick and he does have a solid case to that claim after a campaign where she hit .391 with five home runs. The sophomore carried the Cougars to the sectional title game after a performance where she drove in half of New Prairie's 10 runs and smacked a long ball in N.P.'s 10-3 win over South Bend Clay.
Pitcher — Karissa Gilpin, Jr., New Prairie (132 K in 124.2 IP, .378 BA, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 18 2B)
Bio: There wasn't much that Gilpin didn't do for the Cougars this season. Not only did the junior right-hander strike out an average over one hitter per inning, she clobbered pitching from around northern Indiana all spring long, crushing four homers among 23 extra-base hits. The Cougars don't upset 2018 Class 3A state runner-up South Bend St. Joseph to win the sectional without her.
Pitcher — Holly Noveroske, So., South Central (1.88 ERA, 129 K in 115.1 IP, .351 BA, 3 HR, 24 RBI)
Bio: Five Satellites made this year's All-La Porte County bunch and Noveroske is the second of those five. The sophomore was the everyday fireballer inside the circle for S.C, striking out 26.5 percent of the 486 hitters she faced, while hitting .351 out of the cleanup spot for the sectional champions. She'll be one of the main returners for next year's team along with Biggs behind the plate.
Infielder — Megan Reed, Sr., La Porte (.422 BA, 11 HR, 41 RBI, 10 2B, .900 SLG)
Bio: One of the county's deadliest hitters, Reed made pitchers pay all season long with her power, mashing 11 homers while driving in 41 runs for the Slicers. Over half (21) of her 38 total hits went for extra bases or left the yard. That's not a bad weapon to have in any lineup. She'll attend Saint Mary's College this fall.
Infielder — Maddie McSurley, Fr., New Prairie (.506 BA, 14 RBI 5 2B, 3 3B, 6 SB)
You would think watching New Prairie softball that Gilpin or Pavlick would have the team's top batting averages. Not this season. That honor belongs to McSurley, who paced the sectional champion Cougars with a .506 batting average in 97 plate appearances. Her power numbers don't match the likes of some of the other names on this squad, but she was such an integral part of the N.P. offensive attack in one of the program's best seasons ever.
Infielder — Skyler Wildfong, Sr., South Central (.312 BA, 7 HR, 21 RBI, 10 SB)
Bio: She'll depart from South Central in the fall and that void left by Wildfong, not only on the basketball and volleyball courts, but on the softball diamond, will be tough for each program to fill. The sectional champion in volleyball, hoops and softball made the All-Porter County Conference roster after a year where she hit seven long balls and locked down the left side of the infield for the S.C. defense. Both programs will miss her next season. She's a part of the glue that kept both programs together.
Infielder — Delanie Gale, Fr., South Central (.452 BA, 14 HR, 44 RBI, 10 2B, 3 3B, 11 SB)
Bio: Gale's freshman year wasn't the experience that most ninth graders have to start their high school careers. Not only did she can the winning free throws to seal the PCC Tournament title for the basketball team during the winter, she clobbered 14 long balls this spring with 10 doubles and stole 11 bases. South Central coach Tony Wallace hasn't made it a secret that Gale will be one if, if not, his best player for the next three seasons to come. She's that good.
Outfielder — Shelby Linn, Jr., La Porte (.506 BA, 6 HR, 28 RBI, 13 SB)
Bio: If Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco were the "Bash Brothers", Reed and Linn were the "Smash Sisters" for La Porte this season, combining for 17 of the 33 home runs the Slicers hit as a unit. The All-Duneland Athletic Conference pick led La Porte with a .506 batting average in 94 total plate appearances with a 1.361 OPS and a team-high 13 stolen bases.
Outfielder — Heidi Smith, Sr., South Central (.453 BA, 6 2B, 4 3B, 29 RBI, 9 SB)
Bio: There weren't too many hitters that pitchers wanted to face in the vaunted South Central lineup and Smith hitting in the No. 3 spot was a big reason why that was. The senior right fielder hit .453 with 10 extra-base hits and nine steals. She was reliable in one of the outfield corners all year long and like Wildfong, will leave a big hole to fill in S.C. lineup following her departure.
Outfielder — Kaylee Welkie, So., LaCrosse (.458 BA, 4 2B, 3 3B, 22 RBI)
Bio: For LaCrosse coach Dave Amor, this season was about development and progress, both of which brought ups and downs for the Tigers. One of the bright spots for LaCrosse was Welkie. The lone representative on this year's bunch, she follows in Hope Klemz's footsteps by making the first team roster for the Tigers. La Crosse has a good chunk of youth, but with players like Welkie, the next couple of seasons could be promising.
Utility — Olivia Zarantonello, Jr., La Porte (.436 BA, 25 RBI, 41 H, 8 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 37 R)
Bio: Zarantonello was a calming influence for the Slicers and earned All-DAC honors. She also hit a robust .436 with a team-best 41 hits to go along with 25 RBI. She finished with 14 extra-base hits, including eight doubles. Zarantonello added eight steals and had an excellent fielding percentage of .924.
All-La Porte County Honorable Mention
LACROSSE —Destiny Harbaugh; LA PORTE — Emily Samuelson; MARQUETTE CATHOLIC — Summer Johnson, Ally McConnell; MICHIGAN CITY — Katelyn Halfacre; NEW PRAIRIE — Amanda Trojanowski; SOUTH CENTRAL — Marissa Carr; WESTVILLE —Melanie Markos.