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Grill tabbed the states top player

Carlyn Re and Samme Van Noy also earn first-team all-state softball honors
by: DAN BROOD, STATE’S BEST – Tualatin’s Lauren Grill, shown here in a Class 4A state playoff game at Barlow this past spring, was named the Class 4A softball Player of the Year.

TUALATIN - Lauren Grill sure accomplished a lot during her high school softball career.

There were plenty of big hits, a lot of stunning defensive plays and, of course, a growing number of victories.

Grill, who graduated from Tualatin High School in June, finished her impressive high school softball career with the biggest honor of all.

The former Timberwolf standout was named the 2006 Class 4A Player of the Year.

'It is really special,' Grill said last week while in Colorado playing in a tournament with the Oregon Panthers Gold 18U softball team. 'I wasn't expecting it.'

Grill, a four-year varsity player at Tualatin, put up some impressive offensive numbers in her senior season.

In regular season play, she hit for a .592 batting average with 45 base hits in 76 at-bats. She had 11 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 33 runs scored and 34 RBI.

Grill also had a .592 on-base percentage, a .947 slugging percentage and she stole 16 bases in 18 attempts.

In addition to her big offensive season, Grill, who will play college softball at the University of Mississippi, was also a key player for the Tualatin defense - at two positions.

She started her senior season playing at shortstop, but, near the midway point of the schedule, she moved to catcher.

'I just wanted to do what was best for the team,' she said. 'I played catcher when I was little, so I was confident in making the adjustment. I worked real hard this year. We all worked hard as a team.'

Tualatin softball coach Dan Roisom was the person who broke the news to Grill about her Player of the Year honor.

'He called me and he kind of let me know jokingly,' Grill said. 'He told me I was a first-team selection, which was great, and then, right before he hung up the phone, he said `by the way, you're the player of the year.'

'At first, I was silent, then I just started screaming. I was in the car with my whole family, driving to my brother's baseball game, so it was a special moment. It probably was the best way to end my high school career.'

Grill, who was earlier named the Pacific-9 Conference Player of the Year, was one of two Tualatin players to earn Class 4A first-team All-State honors. Timberwolf senior Caryln Re was one of four outfielders named to the first team.

Two other Timberwolves were all-state selections. Tualatin sophomore Jordan Skinner, who started the season at third base and then moved to shortstop when Grill moved behind the plate, was a third-team all-state pick as an infielder.

Tualatin senior second baseman Rachel Bywater was an honorable mention pick as an infielder.

Jesuit sophomore Paige Hall was selected the Class 4A Pitcher of the Year and Jesuit's Jim Speciale was tabbed the Class 4A Coach of the Year.

At the Class 3A level, four members of the Sherwood softball team earned all-state honors.

Leading the way was Lady Bowmen senior pitcher Samme Van Noy, who was a first-team All-State pick.

Sherwood sophomore first baseman Megan Van Noy was a second-team selection as an infielder.

Lady Bowmen sophomore catcher Melissa Peck and sophomore outfielder Brooke Davis were each honorable mention picks.

Valley Catholic junior Emily Keagbine was named the Class 3A Player of the Year, Elmira's Heather Cordell was named the Class 3A Pitcher of the Year while Sarah Schilling of Elmira and Todd Nickerson of Mazama were tabbed the co-Coaches of the Year.

The all-state teams were selected based on a vote of coaches from around the state.