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Published: Saturday, June 7, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
All-Area Softball


The Herald's Softball All-Area first and second teams

  • Alyssa Simons hits the ball during a softball practice earlier this season. Simons is an All-Area first-team selection.

    Sofia Jaramillo / The Herald

    Alyssa Simons hits the ball during a softball practice earlier this season. Simons is an All-Area first-team selection.

  • Sultan sophomore Shelby Jeffries pitches against Granite Falls in Granite Fall this season. Jeffries is an All-Area first-team selection as a pitcher.

    Annie Mulligan / The Herald

    Sultan sophomore Shelby Jeffries pitches against Granite Falls in Granite Fall this season. Jeffries is an All-Area first-team selection as a pitcher.

  • Snohomish’s Katlyn Purvis is an All-Area first-team selection as a third baseman.

    Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald

    Snohomish’s Katlyn Purvis is an All-Area first-team selection as a third baseman.

  • Arlington’s Katelyn McDonald is an All-Area first-team selection as a first baseman.

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Arlington’s Katelyn McDonald is an All-Area first-team selection as a first baseman.

  • Jackson’s Sarah Casel is an All-Area first-team selection as an outfielder.

    Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald

    Jackson’s Sarah Casel is an All-Area first-team selection as an outfielder.

  • Snohomish’s Trysten Melhart is The Herald’s Softball Player of the Year and an All-Area first-team selection as an outfielder.

    Sofia Jaramillo / The Herald

    Snohomish’s Trysten Melhart is The Herald’s Softball Player of the Year and an All-Area first-team selection as an outfielder.

  • Lynnwood’s Jasmin Edwards slides into second under the glove of Jackson’s Juliana Faulconer during a game this season. Edwards is an All-Area first-te...

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Lynnwood’s Jasmin Edwards slides into second under the glove of Jackson’s Juliana Faulconer during a game this season. Edwards is an All-Area first-team selection as an outfielder.

  • Glacier Peak’s Callie Bircher pitches during a state tournament game against Prairie. Bircher is an All-Area first-team selection as a pitcher.

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Glacier Peak’s Callie Bircher pitches during a state tournament game against Prairie. Bircher is an All-Area first-team selection as a pitcher.

  • Bailey Seek pitches the ball during a 4A district game. Seek is an All-Area first-team selection as a pitcher.

    Sofia Jaramillo / The Herald

    Bailey Seek pitches the ball during a 4A district game. Seek is an All-Area first-team selection as a pitcher.

  • Mountlake Terrace’s Maddy Kristjanson is an All-Area first-team selection as a shortstop.

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Mountlake Terrace’s Maddy Kristjanson is an All-Area first-team selection as a shortstop.

Eds. note: The Herald's All-Area teams are chosen by Herald staffers based on coach recommendations and first-hand observations.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Trysten Melhart, Snohomish, OF, Sr.
To read more about Melhart, click here.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Caitlin Nies, Glacier Peak
After an up-and-down regular season, the Grizzlies, behind Nies' leadership, won three straight to claim the first district title in the program's history and advance to state tournament — where they advanced to the semis — for the first time.
FIRST TEAM
Pitcher
Bailey Seek, Snohomish, Sr.
The Panthers senior was a stalwart on the mound for Snohomish, recording a 13-3 record and leading the Panthers to district title and a berth in the 4A state tournament.
Callie Bircher, Glacier Peak, Sr.
When her team needed her most, the Grizzlies hurler stepped up, winning five straight games to GP win the program's first district title and guide it to the 3A state semifinals. Bircher finished 15-8 on the season.
Shelby Jeffries, Sultan, So.
The Turks sophomore was at her best when the chips were down. Jeffries pitched 18 innings to win back-to-back games on the first day of the district tournament to help Sultan clinch its first berth in the state tournament in the fastpitch era.
Catcher
Morgan Greenlee, Snohomish, Jr.
Besides handling a pitching staff that went 19-1 in the regular season, the Panthers junior hit .492 with a pair of triples and 15 RBI.
First base
Katelyn McDonald, Arlington, Sr.
The Eagles slugger was a threat whenever she stepped to the plate, leading all of Wesco with 15 doubles, including a game against Lynnwood in which she hit four.
Second base
Paige Miller, Cascade, Sr.
The Bruins senior was a strong defensive presence up the middle for Cascade and also a helped spark the team's offense, hitting eight doubles.
Shortstop
Maddy Kristjanson, Mountlake Terrace, Sr.
The Hawks senior went out with a bang, hitting a Wesco-leading 10 home runs, six doubles and three triples to spearhead a potent Mountlake Terrace offense.
Third base
Katlyn Purvis, Snohomish, Sr.
The Panthers senior could fill up a stat sheet, hitting .545 with six doubles and four home runs and knocking in a team-best 32 RBI to lead Snohomish to the 4A state tournament.
Outfielder
Trysten Melhart, Snohomish, Sr.
The Herald's Player of the Year was the best offensive player in Wesco, hitting .658 with 94 total bases, a Wesco-leading 12 triples, and hitting nine doubles and three home runs for the district champs.
Jasmin Edwards, Lynnwood, Sr.
The Royals senior captain was a leader on a Lynnwood team that turned things around in 2014 and earned a district berth. Edwards hit five doubles and three triples as a sparkplug for the Royals offense.
Sarah Casel, Jackson, Sr.
Besides playing exceptional defense in the outfield, the Timberwolves senior hit .500, scored 24 runs and stole 10 bases for the Wesco 4A South champs.
Designated player
Amie Browder, Lake Stevens, Jr.
The Vikings junior was a pain for many pitchers in Wesco, hitting five doubles, two doubles and three triples to lead Lake Stevens to the state tournament for the second straight season.
Utility
Alyssa Simons, Snohomish, So.
The Panthers sophomore went 10-0 as the team's No. 2 pitcher and also hit .443 with four triples and four home runs to help a potent Snohomish offense.
SECOND TEAM
Pitcher
Lauren Harding, Granite Falls, Jr.
Jessica Gott, Lynnwood, Sr.
Sophia Frost, Jackson, So.
Catcher
Kayla Ellis, Jackson, Jr.
First base
Alexis Dittoe, Everett, Sr.
Second base
Payton Beaver, Lake Stevens, Fr.
Shortstop
Kiana Smith, Lakewood, Sr.
Third base
Antionette Watson, Kamiak, Sr.
Outfielder
Kaile Guzman, Lake Stevens, Jr.
Kelsey Bechtholdt, Granite Falls, So.
Rachael Delamare, Monroe, Sr.
Designated player
Nina Kim, Glacier Peak, Jr.
Utility
Hannah Baisch, Mountlake Terrace, Sr.

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