Area's top softball players honored among state's elite
A trio of local softball players were named honorable mention all-state by the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association last month.
The Thornapple Kellogg senior third baseman Shylin Robirds and Lakewood sophomore pitcher Morgan Stahl were chosen honorable mention all-state in Division 2 and Delton Kellogg junior catcher Katie Tobias was picked as one of the honorable mention award winners in Division 3.
Robirds helped lead the Thornapple Kellogg varsity softball team to back-to-back OK Gold Conference Championships in her final two varsity seasons and a district championship this spring. She signed this spring to join the Cornerstone University Women's Softball program next season.
Tobias helped lead the Delton Kellogg varsity softball team to its second consecutive district championship and 30 wins overall, providing mammoth power at the plate on offense and a strong presence behind the plate on defense. A junior, it was Tobias' second season the Panther varsity.
The Vikings' pitcher Stahl struck out 325 batters in 188 innings this spring, setting a new school record for strike outs in a season. She allowed just 30 earned runs in 30 games to finish the season with a 1.11 ERA. She compiled a 23-7 record in her second season as Lakewood's regular starting pitcher.