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Locals adorn all-state softball lists

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EP duo, Ashland’s Heiken, North’s Miles gain first-team recognition

Eagle Point produced one of the most potent offensive attacks at the Class 5A softball level this past season, and the Eagles were fittingly recognized for that prowess during all-state voting recently by the state’s coaches.

Eagle Point junior Sydney Boren and sophomore Jocelyn Hanan each secured first-team recognition at the 5A level to pace a quartet of local first-teamers on the 6A and 5A lists.

North Medford junior Samara Miles was the lone local representative on the 6A first-team grouping, while Ashland senior Gabby Heiken gained one of the three first-team nods in 5A for Southern Oregon.

Boren and Hanan helped spark an Eagle Point offense that totaled 292 runs in 28 games (10.4 average) and finished runner-up in the Midwestern League standings to Crater.

Boren landed her spot on the first-team infield after wrapping up the regular season with a .614 batting average to go with 59 RBIs and 42 runs scored. She finished with 11 home runs among 33 extra-base hits overall.

Hanan was named a first-team outfielder after batting .432 with 36 runs and 26 RBIs. She posted 12 doubles for the Eagles, who finished just behind Wilsonville (333 runs in 31 games) in the race for most prolific offense in 5A play.

Heiken, Ashland’s shortstop, led the Grizzlies in batting average (.547), doubles (12), home runs (6) and RBIs (46) to help her team advance to the state playoffs for the first time since 2009 and sixth time in school history. Heiken also scored 34 runs and struck out only twice this past season.

Miles, a left fielder for the Black Tornado, was named to the first team in 6A softball after leading North Medford with a .518 batting average to go with a team-high 22 runs and 12 RBIs.

In other 5A recognition, Crater’s Kailee Davis (infielder), Alexis Perez (pitcher), Alyssa Kilbane (outfielder) and Taylor Kenworthy (infielder) were joined on the second-team list by Ashland’s Glory Pistole (utility).

Crater junior catcher Lilli Reid earned a third-team nod.

Davis was previously named MWL player of the year after leading a balanced Crater offense that finished third in scoring at the 5A level with 286 runs in 28 games. The senior batted .381 with 17 RBIs and team-highs in runs scored (41) and stolen bases (22).

Perez, the MWL pitcher of the year, went 9-3 with a 2.09 ERA as a sophomore, posting 66 strikeouts and only 17 walks in 70 1/3 innings pitched.

Kilbane paced the Comets with 30 RBIs to go with 32 runs, 11 stolen bases and a .430 batting average, while fellow junior Kenworthy hit .457 with 22 runs and 12 RBIs and Reid batted .339 with 21 runs and 15 RBIs.

Pistole, a sophomore, batted .462 with five home runs and 10 doubles to go with 35 runs and 35 RBIs for the Grizzlies.

At the 6A level, Mountainside senior Addison Kachnik and McMinnville senior Brynn McManus were named co-players of the year and Tigard senior Makenna Reid was pitcher of the year. Tigard’s Pete Kostel was selected 6A coach of the year.

Pendleton senior Sauren Garten was named 5A player of the year and Lebanon sophomore Trinity Holden earned pitcher of the year honors, while Pendleton’s Tim Cary was chosen 5A coach of the year.

The Class 4A all-state softball team has yet to be released.

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Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune Eagle Point junior shortstop Sydney Boren was one of three local first-team selections on the Class 5A all-state team.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune Ashland senior Gabby Heiken led the Grizzlies with a .547 batting average and 46 RBIs.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneEagle Point's Jocelyn Hanan makes a catch for an out this past season.