Liberty gets numerous selections to all-state and all-league teams

Another stellar softball season for Liberty has yielded a slew of all-state and all-league recognition for a number of HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Liberty senior Ashley Driscoll was recently named to the Class 5A all-state team as well as the all-Northwest Oregon Conference squad.

Junior shortstop Kelly Meeuwsen led the way with first team honors on both the Northwest Oregon Conference all-star team and the Class 5A all-state squad, which were announced at the end of the season. Chandie Perez, Paige Smotherman and Ashley Driscoll were also honored at both the league and state level, while Nicole Katyryniuk and Maija Sands earned all-NWOC status.

Meeuwsen had an outstanding junior season, posting a .506 batting average with a team-high 45 hits, 19 doubles and 41 runs scored. She finished the year with 22 extra-base hits and 27 RBIs, and was named NWOC player of the year in addition to her first team all-league selection.

Perez was a second team all-state selection as well as a first team all-NWOC pick. The junior infielder batted .300 on the season with 27 hits — seven for extra bases — 22 runs scored and 20 RBIs. She batted a blistering .383 in league play, with six of those extra-base hits and 10 RBIs.

Driscoll was a first team all-NWOC and third team all-state selection as a pitcher. The only senior on this year’s roster, Driscoll pitched 155.1 innings for the Falcons, posting a 16-5 record with one save. At the plate, she batted .270 with 24 hits, 13 runs and seven RBIs.

Smotherman had a big year offensively, earning the junior first team all-NWOC and third team all-state honors as a utility player/designated hitter. Smotherman batted .460 on the season, second on the team behind Meeuwsen, and she led the squad with six home runs, five triples and 39 RBIs. All totaled, Smotherman accumulated 40 hits, 29 extra-base hits and 35 runs scored.

Katyryniuk burst onto the scene during league play, earning the junior second team all-NWOC status. For the entire season, Katyryniuk batted .393 with 11 doubles, a home run, 34 runs scored and 17 RBIs, but most of that damage came in league play when she batted .404, the second-highest mark on the team behind Meeuwsen.

Sands capped a magnificent freshman season with honorable mention all-league status. Sands put together a .313 batting average with 26 hits, six doubles, 19 runs scored and 14 RBIs.

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