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Liberty softball rewarded with all-state, all-conference honors


Following a fourth-place finish, Falcons nab eight All-NWOC selections

For a program with high standards, the 2013 season was another excellent one for Liberty softball.

Playing in a tough league this spring, the Falcons posted an 8-6 Northwest Oregon Conference record — good for fourth place — along the way to a 16-12 year. With a 16-6 play-in round victory against Silverton, the Falcons qualified for the 16-team Class 5A playoff field and then proceeded to knock off top-ranked Pendleton 9-2 in the first round.

Having to make their second trip to eastern Oregon in three days, the Falcons fell 3-1 to Hermiston in the quarterfinals to conclude their season.

But those were not the only highlights. For her superlative play at shortstop, Kelly Meeuwsen was tabbed as the NWOC Player of the Year, and she was also a first team all-state selection.

Ashley Driscoll, Paige Smotherman, Sierra Lamotte, Karolyn Mason and Kylie Wruble all earned second team all-conference nods, while Brittany Geisbers and Alex Flores received honorable mention.

Just a sophomore, Meeuwsen batted a sparkling .568 at the plate. She totaled 50 hits, 27 RBIs and 38 runs. Her batting average, hits and runs scored were all team highs.

Driscoll, a junior and the team’s primary pitcher, posted a .209 batting average and accounted for 14 hits, 12 RBIs and seven runs. Smotherman, the team’s sophomore catcher, recorded a team-best 35 RBIs this season. She batted .393 at the plate and produced 35 hits and 33 runs. Her six home runs on the season were also a team high.

A senior infielder, Lamotte hit for a .367 average to go along with 29 hits, 21 RBIs and 14 runs scored. Mason and Wruble were both senior outfielders. Mason batted .324 and produced 22 hits, nine RBIs and 18 runs. Wruble went .232 at the plate and accounted for 19 hits, 15 RBIs and 22 runs.

Geisbers, a senior infielder, produced 29 hits, eight RBIs and 16 runs. She batted .345 for the season. Flores, a senior, earned her honorable mention status despite being able to play in just nine games this spring. Flores, who has signed with Portland State, suffered a foot injury early in the season but was able to return to the field late in the season. She batted .500 in 28 at-bats, posting 14 hits, seven RBIs and six runs in her limited action.