Four Indians named all-league

By The Mercury

The Manhattan High softball team placed four players on the 2013 All-Centennial League softball team, as chosen by the league coaches.

Jenna Stigge was named to the first team at second base. Stigge hit .372 and was second on the team in runs scored and RBIs. She is also the career leader in runs scored and is second in assists.

Kylie Smith, Kori Bridegam and Aubrey Jung were all named to the second team.

Smith, a center fielder, led the team in hitting with a .383 average, and also in runs scored and stolen bases. She set the school record for triples and is second all-time in runs scored and stolen bases.

Bridegam was selected to the All-League team for the third straight year as an outfielder. She was second on the team in batting average at .380, and was also second in runs scored. Bridegam had a career batting average of .409 and is the career leader in hits and second in runs scored and stolen bases.

Jung, a junior pitcher, was selected to the second team for the second straight year. She led the team in several pitching categories and was one of the leaders in the league in wins, earned run average and batting average against.

The Indians played a challenging schedule this season, as six of their opponents qualified for their respective state tournaments. Washburn Rural finished second in Class 6A, losing their only game of the season in the championship game against defending state champion, Olathe East. Seaman and Shawnee Heights qualified for the 5A state tournament, but each lost one-run opening round games. Hayden qualified for the 4A state tournament, but was defeated by the eventual state champion in a high-scoring first-round game. Two Manhattan non-league opponents, Wichita Northwest and Derby, finished third and fourth at the 6A state tournament.

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