The River Valley Conference (RVC) recently released All-Conference teams for both baseball and softball. Durant and Wilton had nine collective baseball, and 12 total softball players named to all-conference teams.
The Durant baseball team found success at the end of the regular season, getting hot at the right time and riding momentum all the way to the Class 2A state tournament, where the Wildcats were defeated in the final inning 2-1 by North Linn. The Cats finished the season 12-5.
The Wilton baseball team fielded fresh faces in every position in 2020. The Beavers found themselves in tight ball games throughout the summer, finishing with a record of 5-8-1.
The Wilton softball team spent much of the season ranked inside the top 15 in Class 2A. The Beavers finished one game from state, losing to perennial power Louisa-Muscatine in a Regional final to finish with a record of 14-4.
After losing a crop of battle-tested seniors, the Durant softball team came off two straight seasons ranked either No. 1 or 2 all season to finish 10-5 under new head coach and former Wildcat Aubrey Bland.
Following are area 2020 All-Conference selections. Stats courtesy of quikstatsiowa.com:
Logan Callison, Durant senior, Elite Team catcher—Fielding percentage of 0.972 with 128 putouts; had 18 hits, 11 RBIs with a batting avg. of 0.316.
Nate Dierickx, Durant junior, Elite Team pitcher—Went 6-1 on the mound with five shutouts and an ERA of 0.50. He gave up 21 hits in 41 2/3 innings pitched, had nine walks, gave up just three earned runs and had 49 strikeouts while holding opponents to a 0.143 batting avg.
Keagen Head, Durant junior, Elite Team outfield—Had a 0.864 fielding percentage in 10 games for the Cats. He had 13 hits and three RBIs with a 0.464 batting avg.
Jackson Hull, Wilton sophomore, Elite Team utility—Had a 0.957 fielding percentage; a 3-3 record on the mound with an ERA of 2.06, pitched 37.1 innings, gave up 36 hits, 11 earned runs, had 16 walks and 35 strikeouts while holding opponents to a 0.213 batting avg. At the plate, he led the team with 14 hits and 10 RBIs and drew 13 walks. He had a 0.378 batting avg.
Pat Barszczewski, Wilton senior, South Team catcher—Had a 0.975 fielding percentage with 67 putouts; pitched in four games; and batted 0.214 for the Beavers with nine hits and five RBIs.
Ben Orr, Durant sophomore, South Team pitcher—Was 3-0 on the mound in 21 innings, giving up 10 hits and two earned runs with a 0.67 ERA. He held opponents to a 0.133 batting avg. with 18 strikeouts. At the plate, he had a 0.407 batting avg. with 22 hits and 11 RBIs.
Drew DeLong, Durant senior, South Team infield—Had a 0.431 batting avg. and 0.507 on-base percentage, led the team with 25 hits and 18 RBIs. He stole 12 bases and had a fielding percentage of 0.979 at second base.
Wilton sophomore Karson Willey and Durant freshman Nolan DeLong were named to the All-RVC Honorable Mention team.
Chloe Wells, Wilton junior, Elite Team outfield—Had a fielding percentage of 1.000 in left field and scored 17 runs with six stolen bases. At the plate, she had a 0.464 batting avg. and 0.500 on-base percentage, led the team with 26 hits and had 12 RBIs.
Mila Johnson, Wilton junior, South Team pitcher—Had an ERA of 1.79 with an 11-4 record in 70 1/3 innings pitched. She gave up 71 hits, 18 earned runs and had 16 walks. She had a 0.909 fielding percentage. At the plate, she had 13 hits and four RBIs with a batting avg. of 0.394.
Mallory Lange, Wilton sophomore, South Team infield—Had a 0.971 fielding percentage and scored a team-high 22 runs with team best nine stolen bases. Had 25 hits and seven RBIs with a batting avg. of 0.397.
Payton Ganzer, Wilton sophomore, South team outfield—Had a fielding percentage of 0.968 in center field. At the plate, she had a 0.393 batting avg. with 24 hits and a team-high 25 RBIs.
Peyton Souhrada, Wilton sophomore, South Team outfield—Had a fielding percentage of 1.000 in right field. At the plate, she had a batting avg. of 0.414 with 24 hits, nine doubles and 16 RBIs.
Emi Coss, Wilton junior, South Team catcher—Had a fielding percentage of 0.961 with 57 putouts. At the plate, she led the team with a 0.500 batting avg. and 0.542 on-base percentage. She had 22 hits, two home runs and 11 RBIs.
Hayley Madlock, Wilton freshman, South Team utility—Had a 0.973 fielding percentage with 32 putouts, also playing catcher for the Beavers. At the plate, she had a 0.327 batting avg. with 18 hits and five RBIs.
Kira Schult, Durant senior, South Team outfield—Had a 0.800 fielding percentage. At the plate, she had a 0.375 batting avg. with 18 hits and 13 RBIs.
Allie Poston, Durant senior, South Team catcher—Had a 0.923 fielding percentage with 51 putouts. At the plate she led the Cats with a 0.462 batting avg., 0.596 on-base percentage and had three home runs. She had 18 hits and 11 RBIs.
Kylie Schult, Durant sophomore, South Team utility—Had a 3-1 pitching record with a 4.13 ERA, gave up 49 hits and 25 earned runs in 42 1/3 innings pitched. At the plate, she had a 0.438 batting avg. and led Durant with 21 hits and 22 RBIs.
Wilton freshman Grace Madlock and Durant eighth grader Savannah Meinert were named to the All-RVC Honorable Mention team.