Eaglecrest and Grandview, quarterfinalists at the 5A state softball tournament, are heavily represented on the 2012 Aurora Sentinel All-City Softball Team, as selected by the Sentinel with balloting of city coaches.
With Yvette Hendrian taking over as head coach, the Raptors managed to win the Centennial League championship with a 13-1 league record and went 16-3 in the regular season.
As with most winning softball teams, it started with pitching for Eaglecrest, which had a dynamic duo of freshmen in right-hander Sarah Bushman and lefty Alexa Romero. Hendrian worked with both prior to high school ball and the familiarity paid off during the season.
Bushman — who was two outs from beating five-time champion Legacy in the quarterfinals — went 11-1 with a 2.91 ERA and struck out 138 batters in 106 innings, the second-highest total in all of 5A and more than twice as many as the next-best league pitcher. Romero was very strong as a reliever and spot starter, finishing 7-1 with a 2.84 ERA and averaging nearly one full strikeout per inning pitched.
Sophomore Mikayla Faulkner and senior Taylor Kigerl-Hill were big hitters and strong forces on the infield corners. Faulkner hit an Aurora-best .540 with 13 extra-base hits and 29 RBI, the same as Kigerl-Hill had to go with 12 extra-base knocks and a .529 batting average.
Speedy sophomore outfielder Lauren Buckley (.500 batting average, team-high 46 hits, 15 stolen bases) and junior utility player Rayle Glover (.448, 15 extra-base hits, 30 runs, 28 RBI) further bolstered a lineup that produced an Aurora-best 231 runs in 24 games.
Grandview — which also had a new coach in Dave Thies — graduated a three-year starter and emotional leader on the mound in Marina Quimby, but freshman right-handed pitcher Courtney Browne eased the loss in a big way.
Browne finished the season with 16 victories — which put her fourth among 5A pitchers — tossed a 5-inning no-hitter against Arapahoe and most importantly was on the mound of the first 5A state tournament victory in program history when the Wolves beat Arvada West. She finished with a 2.54 ERA in 137 2/3 innings.
Backing Browne up was a team strong up the middle, especially at shortstop in sophomore Emily Supercynski and in center field with sophomore Ande Troutman.
Supercynski was a first team All-Centennial League performer for the second straight season, showing strong range and a big arm at shortstop in addition to prowess as the plate with a .368 batting average and 20 RBI.
Troutman went from a reserve role as a freshman to a force as a starter, as she tied with sophomore Kat Maynard for the team lead in hits (32), runs scored (27) and home runs (5), while driving in a team-best 23 runs. Troutman added 11 stolen bases for good measure.
Maynard had a .390 average, drove in 18 runs and played an important role for the Wolves at third base.
Coach Dick Hormann’s Cherokee Trail team also made the 5A state tournament with junior Emily Sparks (.382, 18 RBI) behind the plate, senior Darien Higens (.450, 20 RBI) in the infield and speedy senior outfielder Morgan Worthington (15 SBs) as driving forces.
Worthington, who moved from the bottom of the order in season’s past to the top as a senior, had the best batting average among Cougars’ regulars at .486 and led the team in runs scored with 25. Higens doubled nine times and had 11 extra-base hits, which helped her finish second on the team in RBI. Sparks, who also played in the outfield on occasion, was strong behind the plate and was not charged with an error.
Junior Stephanie Xavier was Regis Jesuit’s most complete player and was the lone Raider selected to the All-Continental League first team.
Xavier, who played a vital role as a catcher and shortstop for coach Charlie Williams, hit .311 on the season, scored a team-high 18 runs and swiped 15 bases.
Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555
2012 AURORA SENTINEL ALL-CITY SOFTBALL TEAM
Pitcher: Courtney Browne, Grandview, fr.; Sarah Bushman, Eaglecrest, fr.; Alexa Romero, Eaglecrest, fr.; Catcher: Emily Sparks, Cherokee Trail, jr.; Infield: Mikayla Faulkner, Eaglecrest, soph.; Darien Higens, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Taylor Kigerl-Hill, Eaglecrest, sr.; Emily Supercynski, Grandview, soph.; Stephanie Xavier, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Outfield: Lauren Buckley, Eaglecrest, soph.; Ande Troutman, Grandview, soph.; Morgan Worthington, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Utility: Rayle Glover, Eaglecrest, jr.; Kat Maynard, Grandview, soph.
Pitcher: Christian Bobian, Cherokee Trail, jr.; Kristin Fouts, Gateway, sr.; Maddie Siemer, Smoky Hill, fr.; Catcher: Karen Williams, Smoky Hill, sr.; Infield: Lauren Caldwell, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Shy Calicchia, Grandview, sr.;Angela Cordova, Rangeview, fr.; Lyndsey Knabenshue, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Nikki Sparacio, Smoky Hill, jr.; Outfield: Tayler Mashburn, Eaglecrest, fr.; Savannah Ott, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Jaden Thompson, Grandview, sr.; Utility: Kylie Piper, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Chelsea Clay, Cherokee Trail, jr.
HONORABLE MENTION: Maddie Austin, Rangeview, sr.; Kelsey Biaggi, Grandview, jr.; Danae Bushman, Rangeview, jr.; Kahli Bervaldi, Overland, jr.; Gabby Butsch, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Haylee Fleck, Rangeview, jr.; Melanie Flynn, Rangeview, soph.; Wendy Gordillo-Martinez, Aurora Central, sr.; Juana Estrada Hernandez, Aurora Central, sr.; Zoe Hinton, Cherokee Trail, jr.; Alexah Johnson, Gateway; Taylor Leill, Cherokee Trail, jr.; Taylor Martinez, Overland. jr.; Kayla Mashburn, Cherokee Trail, jr.; Katy Templeton, Regis Jesuit, soph.; Victoria Walker, Hinkley, sr.; Lana Yeager, Smoky Hill, soph.