Lady Emeralds get conference honors
MANISTIQUE – Peaking at the right time, the Lady Emerald fast pitch softball team wrapped-up their 2012 softball season winning nine of the last 10 games. They finished the regular season with an 18-17 record.
Their lone loss down the stretch came at the hands of the St. Ignace Saints. The Emeralds bounced back from the loss to win the night cap.
The Emeralds finished off the Newberry Indians to end the season above the 500 mark, a goal set at the beginning of the year by Coach Dave McNeil.
With the regular season behind them, the Emeralds travel to Gladstone to compete in district action on Friday. Receiving a bye on Tuesday, Manistique will play Houghton Friday at Braves Park.
The winner of the 1 p.m. game will advance to the district final game scheduled for 5 p.m. to play the winner of the Gladstone and Negaunee game.
“We had a very good finish for the team based mainly on great defense, plus some timely hits for extra bases,” stated McNeil.
“We are finally healthy and we were able to get Vanessa McNamara back on the field in Newberry to run for Brooke.”
Mid-Peninsula Conference selections were recently held with several Lady Emeralds receiving honors.
First team outfield: Kalyssa Jenerou, Manistique; Taylor Ring, Negaunee; Erin King, Negaunee
First team infield: Kayla Jo Bosen, Manistique; Rachel Conerey Norway, Ashley Anderson, Negaunee, Courtney Waara, Negaunee
First team catcher: Brook Bontekoe, Manistique; Amanda Washnock, Negaunee
First team pitcher: Haley Mac- Gregor, Manistique; Cheyenne Cherubini, Negaunee; Rosalie Anderson, Negaunee
Utility Player: Sammie Williams, Manistique
All conference player: Courtney Waara, Negaunee
All conference defense: Cheyenne Cherubini, Negaunee
All conference offense: Kayla Jo Bosen, Manistique
Honorable Mention: Jessi Zellner, Manistique; Rachel Ring, Negaunee, Jacey Bal, Norway; Bailey Grayvold, Norway; Marisa Hicks, Norway; Bella Wedig, Gwinn; Danille Bjorkman, Norway; Alley Nelson, Negaunee