Many athletes on Gillespie High School’s baseball and softball teams are recipients of 2017 all-conference awards presented by the South Central Conference, according to announcements from the conference this week.
The Miners softball team garnered majority of the highest-ranking awards earning five of the 11 spots on the first team after Gillespie won their regional for the third consecutive year. Earning first team awards include seniors Addison Bryant as pitcher and Ally Bires as utility player, juniors Mackenzie Kasarda as catcher and Rylee Sarti as infielder, and sophomore Rylee Jarman as infielder.
Three additional players were awarded to the second or third team all-conference and they include sophomore Lexie Bussmann (second team, infielder), junior Sydney Henrichs (third team, outfielder) and junior Ally Clay (third team, outfielder).
The softball team ended their season 24-7 and won both the South Central Conference title and regional title. The team fell to Buffalo Tri-City in the first round of sectionals by a score of 1-5. The 2018 softball team will be short three players who graduated in May – Addison Bryant, Ally Bires and Abigail Smith.
Gillespie’s baseball team didn’t fare as well as the softball team for conference awards, but did manage to pick up five awards. Tate Wargo received the only first-team all-conference award being named as an infielder and also received a third team award as pitcher.
Rylee Bernot earned second-team honors as a pitcher while Joey Carter and Adam Boeck each picked up third-team awards for infielder and designated hitter, respectively.
The Miners finished their season 17-9 after losing in the regional championship game to Alton Marquette when the Explorers scored three runs in the final inning of play in a come from behind victory.