Three aces headline all-TRL softball postseason recognition

Yates Center, Marmaton Valley and Crest softball seasons had several individual standouts, leading to their inclusion to receive all-Three Rivers League honors.

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June 4, 2021 - 2:43 PM

Yates Center High's Morgan Collins was a unanimous selection to the All-Three Rivers League softball team. Photo by Kathe Hamman

The Wildcats ran wild in 2021.

Yates Center High’s Wildcats, who roared through the softball season with an 18-4 record, and Marmaton Valley High’s Wildcats, who compiled a 15-7 record on the season, were well represented by the Three Rivers League all-league softball team.

Yates Center placed three players — juniors Morgan Collins and Allie Chrisman and sophomore Molly Proper — on the first-team All Three Rivers League team.

Marmaton Valley High’s Kayla Ard was a first-team All-Three Rivers League selection. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Crest High standout Aubree Holloran capped her senior year in softball with her inclusion to the All-Three Rivers League team. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Yates Center High’s Molly Proper was an All-Three Rivers League softball player this season. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Yates Center High’s Allie Chrisman earned first-team All-Three Rivers League honors this softball season. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Yates Center High’s Hannah Jones earned softball honorable mention by the Three Rivers League coaches this season. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Marmaton Valley High’s Kendall Scharff earned honorable mention by Three Rivers League softball coaches this season. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Payton Scharff earned Three Rivers League honorable mention this season. Photo by Halie Luken
Aly Ard earned honorable mention for the Three Rivers League softball team this season for Marmaton Valley. Photo by Halie Luken
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They are joined by Marmaton Valley high senior MyKayla Ard on the first team and Crest High senior Aubree Holloran.

Earning honorable mention were Yates Center junior Hannah Jones, Marmaton Valley juniors Aly Ard and Kendall Scharff and freshman Payton Scharfff.

Collins was dominant in all phases in leading Yates Center’s squad.

She batted a mind-boggling .688 to break the school record for batting average. She also led YC with 42 RBI. She was one of four players to earn unanimous selections to the all-league team.

Proper wasn’t far behind, hitting .608 while tying  the school record with eight home runs, while scoring a team-high 59 runs.

Collins and Proper split the pitching duties, with Collins typically pitching the first game of each doubleheader, and Proper taking the second.

Collins finished with a 2.57 ERA; Collins a 4.00 ERA.

Both also shined on the field, with fielding percentages north of .920.

Chrisman served as Marmaton Valley’s cleanup hitter “and had some big hits in games when we needed them,” head coach Abbie Collins said. 

Chrisman wound up with a .478 batting average with 32 RBIs.

Jones, meanwhile, proved to be a threat with her speed on the bases.

“She was able to make a lot of things happen whether it was hitting or bunting,”  Coach Collins said. Jones led Yates Center with 20 stolen bases and scored 57 runs. She played second base with a .911 fielding percentage.

HOLLORAN, a decorated multi-sport athlete for the Lady Lancers, proved to be jack of all trades.

She batted .535 on the season, and usually bunted from the left side of the plate.

She racked up 28 singles, four doubles, five triples and a home run, while stealing 18 bases and scoring 29 runs.

As Crest’s starting shortstop, she also committed the fewest errors on the team and struck out only five times in 71 at bats. The  Lady Lancers went 6-15 on the season.

STATISTICS were unavailable for Marmaton Valley’s standouts, although head coach Brenda Mills noted the contributions all four provided.

MyKayla Ard was the Wildcats’ ace pitcher and leadoff hitter, and usually was involved in several key rallies on the season.

Aly Ard, meanwhile, suited up at shortstop and held down the No. 2 slot in the batting order, even after being sidelined with illness in the preseason.

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