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The Mirror's 2011 All-City Softball Team

Thomas Jefferson pitcher Katie Jackson was a first-team, All-SPSL North selection after leading the Raiders to a 17-10 record and a trip to the state tournament. Jackson had 46 strikeouts in 44 innings of work in SPSL action. - Casey Olson/The Mirror
Thomas Jefferson pitcher Katie Jackson was a first-team, All-SPSL North selection after leading the Raiders to a 17-10 record and a trip to the state tournament. Jackson had 46 strikeouts in 44 innings of work in SPSL action.
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Thomas Jefferson and Todd Beamer high schools dominate The Mirror's 2011 All-City Softball Team after rolling into the postseason, with TJ making its third trip to state in four years.

Pitcher

Katie Jackson, Jefferson

The sophomore had another impressive season for the Raiders, who went to the state tournament for the third time in the last four seasons. Jackson was a first-team, All-SPSL North Division selection after leading Jefferson to an overall record of 17-10 during the season. The Raiders finished 12-4 in the SPSL North.

Jackson finished with a 3.34 earned-run average in games reported to the SPSL. She had 46 strikeouts in 44 innings of work. Her best game might have come in the opening round of the West Central District Tournament when she threw a two-hitter in a 1-0 win over Spanaway Lake. Jackson struck out 16 during a win over Auburn on April 6. Jackson was one of TJ’s best hitters. She had four multi-RBI games.

Catcher

Halle Colson, Beamer

Colson was the first-team, All-SPSL South catcher after a tremendous regular season for the Titans. Colson hit an impressive .463, led the Titans with 20 RBIs, scored 14 runs and tied for the league lead with 10 doubles on the season. Her best offensive game came during a win over Federal Way when she finished 4 for 4 with four RBIs. Beamer finished 11-12 overall and advanced to the West Central District Tournament.

Infield

Annalise Campbell, Jefferson

The freshman proved to be one of the Raiders’ best hitters during her first season. The infielder was a second-team, All-SPSL North selection by the league’s coaches after she hit .387 for the Raiders. Campbell also had four multi-RBI games, including a 3-for-4 day with three RBIs during a win over Kentridge on May 5.

Erin Slater, Decatur

The senior had another solid season for the Gators. The first baseman is set to play softball next year at Division III Macalester College in Minnesota. In her last game at Decatur, Slater was 1 for 3 with three RBIs and a run during a loss to Auburn Mountainview.

Margaret Malaki, Federal Way

The senior infielder filled in a lot this season at catcher after the regular starter suffered an injury. Malaki was an honorable mention, All-SPSL South selection after hitting .270.

“She was solid behind the plate and a team leader in the field,” said Federal Way head coach Rosemarie Burke.

Naomi Lee, Beamer

The sophomore infielder had a solid season for Beamer. Lee ended the SPSL South season with a .410 batting average, scored 14 runs and knocked in 10 for the Titans.

Outfield

Allie Crowe, Jefferson

The senior had a solid final season for Jefferson. Crowe finished the year with 11 runs scored during SPSL North play and had a home run during a win over Kent-Meridian. She was an honorable mention, All-SPSL North selection.

Lexi Goranson, Jefferson

The sophomore makes her second-straight appearance on the All-City Softball Team after a stellar season. Goranson finished fourth in the SPSL North Division with an eye-popping .565 batting average. She also led the Raiders with 12 runs scored and had a .615 on-base percentage. During a win over Auburn Riverside on April 13, Goranson finished 2 for 4 with three runs and five RBIs for the Raiders. Gornanson, a centerfielder, was also a first-team, All-SPSL North selection by the league’s coaches.

Lindsey Dickinson, Decatur

The Decatur senior is set to play outfield at Central Washington University in the fall. Dickinson has had an impressive career at Decatur, earning first-team, All-SPSL three times. This year she was a first-teamer in the 3A division. She ended her senior season with a 3-for-4 day with two home runs, three RBIs and two runs during a loss to Auburn Mountainview.

Kelsey McDonnell, Beamer

The outfielder finished fourth in the SPSL South with a .512 batting average. McDonnell was named first-team, All-SPSL South and also finished with 22 runs scored and led the league in stolen bases with 17. McDonnell had a .632 on-base percentage.

Laura Brown, Federal Way

The centerfielder is described as an “amazing athlete” by her head coach. Brown was a second-team, All-SPSL South Division selection after hitting .213 for the Eagles during her junior season. She finished with no errors in the outfield this year.

Utility

Emma Blauser, Beamer

The junior was the second-team, All-SPSL South pitcher and was also one of the Titans’ better hitters during the season. On the mound, Blauser finished with a league best 16 complete games and ended up with a 9-7 record. Blauser threw 100 innings and struck out 87. At the plate, Blauser hit an impressive .400 with 15 RBIs and 22 runs. She also finished with six doubles, five stolen bases and led the SPSL South with two home runs and 15 walks.

 

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