Stockman named MRC MVP, Lambrecht COY

Natalie Stockman
Natalie Stockman

Honors continued for the Central softball team recently as four players were named to the Minnesota River Conference team and also with most valuable player and coach of the year honors.
Junior Natalie Stockman was named the most valuable player and Jon Lambrecht was named coach of the year and Stockman, senior Brooke Willemsen, sophomore Megan Miller and sophomore Kaylie Brazil earned all-conference. Also, junior Kayla Leonhardt earned an honorable mention.
The Raiders won the conference title for the first time since 1984, compiling a 18-4 record overall and 12-2 in conference.
Stockman, a junior pitcher/OF/IF, truly shined at the plate as one of the best sluggers in the state.
She hit .602 with tremendous extra base power with six homeruns and a state–leading 14 doubles.
She also had 46 RBIs and was a constant threat in the middle of the batting order. On the mound, she had 7-1 record and an ERA of 0.84 while pitching 50 innings. She was an errorless fielder on the championship team.
Willemsen, a senior centerfielder, was a strong hitter, finishing with a .397 average and showing tremendous power. She hit five homeruns and added six doubles and 29 RBI. She was a constant threat in the middle of the order and was unstoppable at times with several multi-hit/RBI games.
Her success also carried over to the mound where she finished with a 7-1 record. Brooke is a varsity three sport athlete and has a tremendously bright future. The four–year softball starter will carry her talents to Gustavus.
Willemsen, a senior, was also selected to take part in the 25th annual Minnesota High School All-Star Girls Softball Series, a six-game tournament, on June 9 as a member of the Ice team.
Megan Miller, a sophomore, played every inning at catcher for the Raiders and hit anywhere from the 5 to 7 spot in the order. She led the team in successful sacrifice bunts and was successful on a couple of suicide squeeze bunt plays. She is strong armed with deep internal drive for the game and excels in blocking pitches. On the offensive side, she has a great eye at the plate and does a good job carrying the count deep. She has tremendous potential to grow in the game and an unmatched passion for softball.
Kaylie Brazil, a sophomore, played shortstop for virtually all innings in 2013. She has great lateral movement and makes difficult plays look routine. She was the team’s leadoff hitter and a table setter for the offense. She has a great eye at the plate and took opposing pitchers deep into the count many times. As a leading hitter and on-base person for the Raiders, she led the team in runs scored and tied for the stolen base lead with 12. She is a proficient bunter and executed when called upon.