Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Lady ‘Cats irked by lack of all-league honors

June 6, 2007

Chelsey Patton didn't hear that she had been named to the all-Kaw Valley League first-team until a week after the selections had been announced.

It took all of 10 seconds for her joy to wear off.

When informed that teammate and JCCC-signee Erin Shore had garnered only an honorable mention, Patton was incredulous.

"Are you kidding me?" Patton stammered. "Erin did an amazing job. She stepped up, as did Laura (Reed). For Erin to come in and never have pitched before, and have us win the league... that's not right. I think she should have gotten more than honorable mention because she stepped up as a big team leader. I don't think that's right. Just because it is her first year pitching doesn't mean that she shouldn't be recognized."

A Kaw Valley League championship isn't worth what it used to be in individual attention. Only three Basehor-Linwood softball players were honored with all-league selections. All were a part of a stellar Lady Bobcats infield.

Joining Patton were first baseman Laura Reed and shortstop Maggie Schroeder, each named to the second team.

Shore and outfielder Jennifer Sirridge were given honorable-mention nods.

BLHS coach Susan Mayberry says she isn't angry. But she certainly wasn't happy with what she considered a slight to the league champions.

"This isn't at all meant to be sour grapes," Mayberry said of her disappointment.I guess I need to say the evaluation of skill and ability was disappointing.The process is not necessarily what is puzzling. It's the ability to identify truly the best Kaw Valley League softball players regardless of which high school they play.f there are four worthy first-team all-KVL players from one high school, then so be it. I think sometimes we as coaches vote on emotion rather than reality of what an all-league team should look like. Perhaps we as KVL softball coaches should consider modifying the process by allowing the league champion school to nominate six players and the rest of the schools only nominate four players.

"My questions would be, 'How can a team who wins the league only have one first-team KVL player?' am a team oriented coach.f other teamsave four, five or six players on KVL first, second, and honorable mention teams, shouldn't they have been able to win the conference?"

Santa Fe Trail, Lansing, Mill Valley and Piper all had two first-team all-KVL selections.

"When it's all said and done, I am confident our program would much rather have a KVL championship banner hanging from the rafters in the gym, no doubt about it," Mayberry said.However, kids should be given credit for what they have accomplished in the season. As a coach, I would fully expect if another team, besides my own, were to win the league, that team would have the most first-team selections.hat's a no-brainer.hat's the way it should work."However, I'm grateful that our kids see that and understand that.hey are taught to give everything they've got to the game and expect nothing in return.hey walk with their heads held high as they should.he bottom line is that as a coaching staff it's one of our jobs to help young peopleearn that life isn't going to treat all of us fair. We still must keep moving forward, making the most of what we have control of, making our small piece of the world better for those who come after us."

Mayberry also points out that her team completed a full 20-game schedule while most KVL teams didn't complete their schedules because of rainouts.

Shore's case for more recognition appears to be especially compelling. She went 16-2, leading the KVL in wins. Her winning percentage of .882 was also tops in the KVL as were her 113 innings pitched.

"A pitcher who wins 16 games out of 18 doesn't get at least second team?" Mayberry said.A pitcher who was an all-league outfielder for two years and takes on the pitching role of a softball program with the success we've had and who outperforms all of the other league school pitchers in regards to outcome, ERA, innings pitched, base on balls ratio, ground ball outs, and the pressure of the job; and is honorable mention?We're talking about an athlete who is going to Johnson County Community College on a softball scholarship."

Schroeder hit .364 while scoring 15 runs. She had nine extra base hits, a .530 slugging percentage, and a .538 on base percentage.

"I have no control over it," Schroeder said of being named to the second-team. "I am just happy with what I received. It doesn't anger me. I have no control over it. We have no control over it."

Mayberry wasn't so quick to accept the decision.

"Based on Maggie's performance this past season, how can she not be a first-team selection?" Mayberry said.She was, in my opinion, by far the topnfielder in our league this season. Without a doubt.here were no other players who made the routine plays game in and game out, along with great plays; ones that I've not seen made in the 10 years coaching in the KVL. I'm not sure who the other league voters were watching.he outplayed her position opponents in every league game.efensively, she and Laura were our leaders in just about every category.nd, offensively, they were in the top three."

Reed hit .322 with an on base percentage of .500.

"Laura, to this point is the best first basemen BLHS has ever had.nd she is by far in the top three of the best first basement that our league has ever had.er stats are legit. The proof is in the pudding. There is no question she is a first-team first basemen. You name it, Laura did it."

Patton, who hit .433 with 19 RBIs, 7 doubles, a .633 slugging percentage, and an on base percentage of .580, thinks her team might have been overlooked in the postseason because they were underestimated in the pre-season.

"I think a lot of people thought we wouldn't do very good," Patton said. "But we showed them up. We worked our butts off. We all gave it 110 percent, up and down the lineup. It's irritating to know that there are people that work their butts off and then don't get recognized."

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