Champion Gaels land 8 on all-NCC squad

After winning an outright league title for the first time since 2010, St. Edmond recently earned eight selections on the all-North Central Conference softball teams.

Junior Amanda Lansman (P), freshman Maggie Harvey (C), junior Anna Yung (INF) and freshman Megan Flattery (OF) were each named to the top squad for the Gaels. Lansman was also one of four unanimous picks.

Making the second team for SEHS were senior Jessica Kuebler (INF), junior Brigid Hanley (INF) and senior Cassie Sells (OF). In addition, junior Jaci Stumpf was tabbed to the third squad.

Lansman went 28-5 in 32 starts, covering 198 innings of work. The Iowa Central recruit allowed 133 hits with 227 strikeouts, posting a 1.03 ERA. Offensively, Lansman held a .380 batting average with 38 hits, 30 RBI, 12 doubles and six home runs.

“Amanda really had a breakout year,” St. Edmond head coach Paul Hunt said. “It was nice for her to get an opportunity to fully showcase her talent. She really embraced that role of being a strong No. 1. She took on leadership responsibilities and gave our defense a calming effect.”

Harvey paced the Gaels in nearly every major statistical category, including slugging percentage (.840), fielding percentage (.971), hits (50), RBI (48), runs (40), stolen bases (22), home runs (7), doubles (12), triples (3) and walks (12). She batted .472 with a .529 on-base percentage.

“Maggie’s potential is what’s really exciting,” said Hunt. “She just keeps getting better and better. She has very aggressive goals and plans for the future, and I have all the confidence in the world that she’ll hit everyone of them. Maggie’s a cornerstone of what we do both offensively and defensively.”

Yung, a shortstop, managed a .374 average at the plate with 40 hits, 23 runs, 16 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 36 games.

“Anna is probably the most versatile player we have in our lineup,” Hunt said. “We needed to find kids that could step up and produce RBI. I really liked dropping her into the No. 5 spot in the order over the setup role she’s had in the past. She expanded her game tenfold this year.”

Flattery, a right fielder, produced 29 hits, 21 runs, 15 RBI, 11 stolen bases and 10 doubles to go along with a .397 batting average.

“I had no idea the whole way through that Megan was going to win one of those starting outfield spots,” said Hunt. “She really shined once she got an opportunity. Megan came up with several big hits to both power alleys.”

As a first baseman, Kuebler batted .435 with 47 hits, 27 RBI, 15 runs and 11 doubles.

“Jess will be a hard kid to replace,” Hunt said. “Her work ethic is just contagious. She does a good job of taking full at-bats and hitting well deep into couts. I wish her a lot of luck next year at Iowa Central. I’m expecting her to do a lot of really good things in college.”

Hanley, a third baseman, compiled a .350 offensive average with 36 hits, 24 RBI and 21 runs, 10 doubles and three longballs.

Sells batted .359 with 37 hits, 30 runs, 16 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 36 starts from her center field spot.

Stumpf, a left fielder, notched a .367 batting average with 40 hits, 35 runs, 26 RBI, 16 stolen bases and 11 doubles.

St. Edmond finished its 2014 campaign 30-6 overall, including 17-1 in the conference. The Gaels, who were ranked fourth in the last Class 2A poll of the season, were ousted by eventual state champion and No. 2 Earlham in the regional final.

“We can’t do anything else but tip our hat to a really strong Earlham team that got hot at the right time,” Hunt said. “I would’ve loved to play Earlham in the state championship or semifinals, but I think we still had a very successful season. I was real happy with how our team performed all year. It’s going to be hard to replace our two seniors, but we plan on being back in the thick of things again next season.”

Other area standouts voted to the all-NCC first team were Webster City’s Mikaleh McCoy (P), Kaylee Schnathorst (OF) and Allie Flaws (U/DH), Humboldt’s Beth Duffield (INF), Maddie Thomas (INF), Lauren Friesth (OF) and Avery Terwilliger (U/DH), Bishop Garrigan’s Taylor Hovey (INF) and Johanna Vaske (INF) and Algona’s Justine Yeoman (C).

Duffield and Terwilliger were both unanimous choices.