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EP’s Ayres shares top MWL honor

Megan Ayres did a little bit of everything for Eagle Point in the regular season and was appropriately honored recently in Midwestern League softball all-star voting by the league’s coaches.

Ayres was named MWL co-pitcher of the year with Marist’s Baylee Eaton to highlight the all-league recognition for those in Southern Oregon. The senior right-hander boasts a 16-6 record and 1.75 ERA with 215 strikeouts in 137⅔ innings for Eagle Point.

An all-around threat, Ayres also enters the Class 5A state playoffs on Wednesday batting .625 with 10 home runs, 14 doubles and 53 RBIs.

Ayres was joined on the first team by junior teammates Sami Thompson (catcher), Gillian Willis (infield) and Miyah Smith (DH/utility) and freshman Riley Shopp (outfield).

Crater senior Emily McCollom (outfield) also garnered first-team recognition.

Marist senior shortstop Lauren Burke repeated as player of the year. Spartans head coach Jon Burke was named coach of the year.

All-MWL Softball

Player of the Year: Lauren Burke, Sr., Marist.

Co-Pitchers of the Year: Megan Ayres, Sr., Eagle Point, and Baylee Eaton, Sr., Marist.

Coach of the Year: Jon Burke, Marist.

First Team

PITCHER: Megan Ayres, Sr., Eagle Point; Baylee Eaton, Sr., Marist.

CATCHER: Abby Doerr, Fr., Marist; Sami Thompson, Jr., Eagle Point.

INFIELD: Lauren Burke, Sr., Marist; Ariel Carlson, So., Marist; Bailey Sundberg, Sr., Churchill; Gillian Willis, Jr., Eagle Point; Allie Dolbin, Sr., Thurston.

OUTFIELD: Noel Balderston, Sr., Marist; Emily McCollum, Sr., Crater; Riley Shopp, Fr., Eagle Point; Makayla Christensen, Sr., Thurston.

DH/UTILITY: Miyah Smith, Jr., Eagle Point.

Second Team

PITCHER: Holley Warner, Sr., Crater; Jackie Muggy, Sr., Thurston.

CATCHER: Briar McIrvin, Sr., Churchill; Olivia Schmidt, So., Thurston.

INFIELD: Abbey Siroshton, Jr., Marist; Katie Dreiling, So., Marist; Liana Lyons, NA, Springfield; Mackenzie Ryerson, Jr., Crater; Sarah Shippler, Jr., Churchill; Makalyn Mason, Sr., Thurston.

OUTFIELD: Teresa Branson, Sr., Springfield; Maggie Stephenson, So., Marist; Presley Robison, Fr., Crater.

DH/UTILITY: Carrie Dose, Jr., Churchill; Hannah Joseph, Fr., Crater.

Honorable Mention

PITCHER: Makaiya Murphy, Fr., North Eugene.

CATCHER: Malia Salas, Fr., North Eugene.

INFIELD: Kyla Wagner, Sr., Thurston; Sirena Rodriguez, Jr., Springfield; Ashlyn Thompson, Fr., North Eugene; Ashley Oppelt, So., Eagle Point; Abby Cole, Sr., Churchill; Grace HIlton, Jr., Crater.

OUTFIELD: Sophia Gallego, Fr., North Eugene; Alaina Winningham, Sr., Crater; Emma Stevens, So., Eagle Point; Lauren Martin, Sr., Marist.

DH/UTILITY: Hannah Adams, Sr., Springfield.