Crimson Tide dominates All-Pacific Conference softball team with eight selections
As the undefeated victor of the Pacific Conference, to Glencoe went most of the spoils in terms of all-conference honors this season.
Katie Sutherland-Finch, Courtney Clayton and Jacy Jukkala were voted by the leagues coaches as pitcher, player and coach of the year, respectively. Glencoe posted a 28-2 overall record this season and went 14-0 in the conference before finishing as the Class 6A runner-up to North Medford in the state playoffs. Both Sutherland-Finch and Clayton were unanimous first team all-league picks.
Sutherland-Finch posted sparkling statistics this year, going 25-2 in the pitchers circle. The Cal-bound pitching dynamo recorded an earned run average of just 0.65 over 173.1 innings. She fanned 373 batters, compared to allowing only 65 hits, 42 walks, and 25 runs 16 of them earned.
The senior also swung a solid bat for the Crimson Tide, posting a batting average of .385 and recording 30 hits, including a team-best six home runs. She had 30 RBIs, scored 12 runs and drew 26 walks, another team high.
Clayton, the Tides junior shortstop, recorded a whopping .523 batting average to go along with 56 hits, 40 RBIs and 34 runs scored, all of which were team bests. Twenty-three of Claytons hits went for extra bases, including a team-high 17 doubles. Remarkably, Clayton struck out just once this season in 113 plate appearances.
Jukkala guided Glencoe to its third consecutive Pacific Conference title, continuing to usher the program through a smooth transition to Class 6A. The school moved up from Class 5A following the 2009-10 school year and after the team won its first-ever state title in 2010 and the Tide advanced to the state quarterfinals in 2011 and 2012 before making the final this season. Jukkalas teams have gone 76-12 overall in the past three seasons and 38-4 in the league. This season, the team scored 209 runs compared to only 33 allowed.
Other first team all-conference selections for Glencoe were freshman second baseman Macy Besuyen and senior center fielder Morgan Brown.
Despite her petite frame, Besuyen provided some pop at the plate for the Tide in the leadoff spot, batting .382 with 39 hits, 16 RBIs and a team-high 36 runs scored. Brown, who was a unanimous first-teamer, posted a .439 batting average, slotting second in the order after Besuyen. She recorded 43 hits, 23 RBIs and 32 runs scored.
Besides Sutherland-Finch, Brown and Clayton, the only player selected unanimously to the first team was Tualatin sophomore pitcher Emily Sorem.
Four additional Tide players were awarded second team or honorable mention league honors. Freshman Kamryn Apling (.271 batting average, 19 hits, 18 runs scored) earned a second-team nod at catcher, as did junior first baseman Maria Dendinger (.233 batting average, 21 hits, 27 RBIs, 12 runs scored). Junior third baseman Emilee Eastman (.295 batting average, 26 hits, 20 RBIs) was an honorable mention selection, as was sophomore designated/utility player Lauren Messmer (.256 batting average, 23 hits, 15 runs scored).
For Century, senior Dallas Robertson was a first team selection as a catcher, while freshman Morgan Miller and junior Allie Kenfield were honorable mention picks. The Jaguars were 6-19 overall and went 2-12 in league play, tying Hillsboro for seventh place.
Emalyn Weislogel was named to the second team as a pitcher for the Spartans, who went 3-23 overall this season. Junior shortstop Kelly Royster joined Weislogel on the second team, while junior third baseman Tiff Demezas was an honorable mention selection.