After its best season since 2008, the Watertown-Mayer girls’ softball team was rewarded with four players being named to the Minnesota River Conference first-team, and another who earned honorable-mention recognition.
Catcher Taylor Moynagh, pitcher Lilly Reinert, shortstop Chelsea Wandersee and second baseman Caitlin Kammerer were all named to the first team. Center fielder Ashley Wiswell received honorable mention honors.
As a team, the Royals posted a 13-9 record overall, but did their best work in the MRC, where they remained in the conference title race until the bitter end. The Royals finished 10-4 in the conference, tied with Belle Plaine for second behind Norwood Young America. The Royals split a doubleheader with NYA on the final day of the regular season. A sweep against the No. 8 Raiders would have earned the Royals a share of the conference title.
Still, it was a memorable year for the Royals, who went on to beat Fridley in the first round of the playoffs before losing to Rockford and Mound-Westonka.
The Royals sported an impressive .314 team batting average, and had four different players hit at least .350 on the season. They were led by Moynagh, who posted a .450 average with a team-high 36 hits, including seven triples. The senior captain and three-year starter also stole 10 bases and drove in a team-high 24 runs on her way to a first-team all-conference selection.
“She was an excellent hitter and played anywhere on defense,” Watertown-Mayer coach Scott Isakson said in the MRC’s all-conference press release. “She will be greatly missed next season.”
Joining Moynagh on the first team was Wandersee, a junior who was second on the team with a .379 batting average. The three-year starter hit one home run and drove in 11 runs for the Royals.
She was a leader and motivator for her teammates,” Isakson said. “She will be counted on to become one of the senior cornerstone members of next year’s team.”
Just a freshman, Kammerer also earned first-team honors after starting all 14 MRC games. The second baseman hit .361 and stole a team-high 14 bases while driving in 13 runs.
“Defensively, she was quick and solid,” Isakson said. “She always had an excellent attitude and great work ethic. She’ll be counted on in future seasons to be a leader in the program.”
Rounding out the Royals’ first team-selections was Reinert, a sophomore who posted a 9-5 record on the mound with a team-best 2.81 ERA in 82 innings. She struck out 73 and walked only 40. Reinert also hit .306 and drove in nine runs offensively.
“Lily Reinert was a sophomore captain chosen by her teammates due to her love and dedication to the game of softball,” Isakson said. “She’s been a three-year starter, and her leadership from the mound has been key to past and future success.”
Wiswell, a sophomore, earned honorable mention all-conference recognition for the Royals. She hit .357 and was tied for second on the team with 17 RBIs.
Other leaders for the Royals included Alyssa Kolb, who hit .296, and Lacey Sullivan, who tied for second on the team with 17 RBIs and also hit one of the team’s only two home runs on the season. Amanda Wabbe had 10 RBIs and scored 14 runs.
On the mound, Christine Kreatz was also a key contributor, going 4-4 with a 3.74 ERA in 58 innings. She posted 55 strikeouts on the year.
Moynagh was named the team’s MVP and its Offensive Player of the Year. Sullivan was named the Defensive Player of the Year, while Kammerer was named the Rookie of the Year. Kammerer, along with Kreatz, was named Most Improved, and Reinert was named Hardest Worker.
Wandersee and Wiswell were both named to the all Section tournament team. Wabbe, Reinert and Wandersee were named captains for next year.
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