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Jackson softball has five players earn all-conference, all-district and all-region

Jackson softball sophomore pitcher Ashlyn Dawes was named first team all-conference, all-district and all-region after going 12-4 overall with 124 strikeouts and a 1.63 earned run average. Photo by Nick McNeal

Following what was a historic season for the 33-win Jackson softball team, the Indians had several players honored within their conference, district and region.

Five players earned first team SEMO All-Conference, Class 6 District 1 All-District and Class 6 Region 1 All-Region honors, which were junior shortstop Miley Conklin, sophomore pitcher Ashlyn Dawes, sophomore left fielder Maddie Stelling, senior first baseman Kam Tucker and senior right fielder Kaiden Weisbrod.

Weisbrod, who will continue her career at Southwest Baptist, had perhaps the biggest standout campaign for the Indians as she broke the school and Missouri single-season stolen base record, finishing with 85. Kaiden also finished with a .444 batting average (fourth-best among starters), while producing 48 hits (third), three triples (tied for first) and scored a team-high 54 runs.

Moving to the rubber, Dawes produced an overall record of 12-4 as she also knotched a team-high 124 strikeouts and the best earned run average at 1.63 through 133 innings pitched. Ashlyn was also a standout at the plate, batting .407 with 46 hits (fourth on team), 14 doubles (second), two home runs (fifth), 41 runs batted in (second) and scored 26 runs.

Leading Jackson in batting average was Conklin as she finished her junior campaign at .500, while she also led the Indians in hits (55), doubles (16) and was tied for first in triples (three). Miley had the the third-most home runs at three, while she finished second in runs scored behind Weisbrod at 44 and and recorded the third-most RBIs with 35.

Tucker, who produced an above .400 batting average (.446; third best), tied for third in home runs with Conklin at three apiece. Kam also came up with 50 hits (second on team) and led Jackson in RBIs with 46, while scoring 24 runs.

As for Stelling, she recorded a .412 batting average with 42 hits, four home runs (second most on team), 37 runs scored and 31 RBIs. Maddie also paced Weisbrod in stolen bases with 21.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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