A baker’s dozen of Tooele County’s top softball players earned All-State recognition earlier this week after voting was conducted among Class 3A’s coaches.
Grantsville seniors Alese Casper, Reannon Justice and Brayle Crosman were First Team All-State selections, with Casper earning Most Valuable Player recognition from the Salt Lake City media. They were joined by Stansbury’s Lindsey Allie and Tooele’s Payton Hammond and Kamryn Grover.
Casper led the state with a 1.03 earned-run average in 17 appearances in the pitcher’s circle, including a 5-0 record during the state tournament. She also hit .439 from the leadoff spot for the state-champion Cowboys, including 15 extra-base hits.
Justice led Grantsville with a .489 batting average, hitting seven home runs and 13 doubles and driving in a Class 3A-leading 52 runs. Crosman led the Cowboys with eight home runs, hitting .351 with 15 extra-base hits and 30 RBIs in addition to playing stellar defense behind the plate.
Allie hit .527 — the fourth-best mark in Class 3A — and led 3A with 18 doubles to go with four triples and a home run.
Hammond hit .528 with eight home runs, 13 doubles and 31 RBIs while splitting time at pitcher and shortstop for Tooele. Grover, who also pitched in addition to serving as the Buffaloes’ designated player, hit .293 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs, and had a 3.43 ERA with 115 strikeouts in the pitcher’s circle.
Second Team selections included Tooele sophomore Amber Lujan, Grantsville sophomores Hannah Butler and Addison Smith and Stansbury senior Kambree Christiansen.
According to stats posted on MaxPreps.com, Lujan hit .442 with four home runs and seven doubles as a starting outfielder for Tooele.
Butler spent most of the season as Grantsville’s starting shortstop, hitting .363 with six home runs, five doubles and a triple. Smith hit .393 with four home runs, five doubles and a triple, playing the outfield and pitching for the Cowboys.
Christiansen led Stansbury with 31 RBIs. She hit .374 with five home runs, seven doubles and a triple and also stole 11 bases for the Stallions.
Stansbury junior Kaeley Loader, Stansbury senior Bailey Christensen and Grantsville junior Kylee Leach all earned Honorable Mention.
Loader hit .366 with eight doubles, three triples and two home runs for Stansbury, tying Christiansen for second on the team with 13 extra-base hits. Christensen went 11-4 in the circle for the Stallions, posing a 2.74 ERA with 75 strikeouts in 104 2/3 innings pitched.
Leach, Grantsville’s third baseman, hit .374 with six home runs and seven doubles, tying for second on the Cowboys’ roster with 30 RBIs.