Stensby headlines The Olympian’s all-area fastpitch team

Staff writerJune 23, 2014 

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Olympia junior Maddy Stensby pitches during the 2A Narrows League fastpitch game at Yelm High School last month.

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  • The Olympian’s all-area fastpitch team

    P Maddy Stensby, jr., Olympia

    Stensby, The Olympian’s all-area player of the year, did her damage with her bat and her arm. Hit. 462 and set school records in home runs (6) and RBI (33) while striking out 219 batters and posting a 1.85 ERA.

    P Brooke Goldsmith, sr., Elma

    1A SWW Evergreen co-MVP led Eagles to first state title after a fourth-place finish in league. Recorded 42 strikeouts in four games at state. Batted .647, with 19 extra-base hits over 25 games.

    P Ali Graham, jr., W.F. West

    2A EvCo’s pitching co-MVP won 12 games in a split pitcher’s role. Also was the Bearcats’ leading hitter with a .573 average.

    C Megan Porche, jr., Timberline

    Committed just one error behind the plate, and her arm strength was rarely tested by baserunners. Led the Blazers with a .568 average and 35 RBIs.

    C Adrianna Rupright, jr., Olympia

    Few catchers score as many runs as Rupright did (40) go to along with her .494 average. Not only did she throw out 10 batters, she also was 7-for-8 on stolen bases.

    IF Dominique Greeno, jr., North Thurston

    Continues to swing away at more school records and is the Rams’ all-time leader in home runs after hitting 13 this spring. 3A Narrows position MVP and Northern Illinois commit hit .576, with 21 extra-base hits.

    IF Gabraelle Vidallon, sr., Tumwater

    If there’s a grounder in the infield, Vidallon likely will snatch it. Known for her defensive work and making tough plays look easy, she also hit .385.

    IF Annelies Dahmen, jr., North Thurston

    Led the Rams with 44 hits, including a team-best four triples, and struck out just three times in 87 plate appearances.

    IF Grace Utto-Galarneau, jr., Timberline

    Split time between third base and pitcher and put up monster numbers – eight home runs and 60 RBI while hitting .539 – to lead the Blazers to the 3A Narrows League crown.

    OF Kaylene Glasgo, sr., Tumwater

    Was labeled as a commander of the outfield by coach Doug Nedrow and failed to commit an error in centerfield. Also hit .538 to lead T-Birds to the 2A state tournament.

    OF Erin Roloff, soph., Olympia

    Known for her speed, the Bears’ right fielder hit .494 – as a first-year left-handed hitter – with 44 hits and a school-record 21 stolen bases.

    OF Ally Choate, fr., Yelm

    What a high school debut: Tornados’ center fielder and 4A Narrows position MVP hit better than .600, helping team win share of league title.

    DH Rachel Erickson, jr., Capital

    One of the more versatile players around, Erickson pitched, caught and played third base while hitting .425. Helped the Cougars’ late-season surge into the 2A state tournament.

    Utility Lexi Tarrow, jr., Black Hills

    Pitched in big games, and played shortstop and center field in others. BYU commit had at least one hit in all 20 games, posting a .677 average and failed to strikeout.

    Coach of the year: Lindsay Walton, Yelm

With her high school fastpitch season over, Maddy Stensby admits she played at less than 100 percent because of an ankle injury.

Not that anybody would have noticed. The junior from Olympia High, selected as The Olympian’s all-area fastpitch player of the year, was the 4A Narrows League pitching MVP after leading the Bears to a share of the league title.

And she did it with her right foot often stuffed inside an ankle brace for support after she rolled it during March’s early-season jamboree at the Regional Athletic Complex.

“From then on, it was an uphill battle,” Stensby said.

It was a fight Stensby won. She set career bests in strikeouts (219) and victories (20), and also hit .462 with six home runs and 33 RBIs. The home run and RBI totals broke the 2013 school records held by Nikki Schroeder, who wrapped up her freshman season at Long Island University.

“I knew I had big shoes to fill,” Stensby said. “... If I got on base, that’s an opportunity for them to hit.”

The power was a new element to Stensby’s game. She had been more of a singles hitter until 2014, but Stensby, like a lot of her teammates, muscled up. The Bears had a record-setting offensive season, batting .377 as a team.

Stensby was equally as impressive in the circle. Pitching in two fewer games than 2013, she struck out 39 more hitters this season. She matched Ryanne Horton’s school record for wins and came eight strikeouts short of Horton’s school record (227 in 2004).

Olympia coach Matt Loes said Stensby’s time and effort mastering her command made the difference. Loes said her curveball – which Stensby said is her “go-to pitch” – can drop anywhere from four to 10 inches.

“She can spot it really well and that’s her best pitch,” Loes said. “She’s quite the player.”

Stensby is being recruited by regional and out-of-state NCAA Division I and Division II programs. She said she honed her array of pitches – rise, fastball, change and that devastating curveball – while facing elite competition as a player for the Northwest Sidewinders travel team.

“Going out of state and being challenged by hitters in California raised on softball,” is big, Stensby said. “That helps a lot to be exposed to the best of the best and grow from that.”

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 mwochnick@theolympian.com theolympian.com/southsoundsports @MegWochnick

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