2022 Superior Telegram All-Area Softball Team
This year's team includes five seniors, three juniors and three freshmen.
SUPERIOR — The talent on the Superior Telegram's 2022 All-Area Softball Team is something else.
Six of the 11 players earned honors from the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association.
The WIAA Division 1 state qualifying-Spartans have six players on this year's squad: two-time Telegram All-Area Player of the Year Emma Raye, along with fellow juniors Indigo Fish and Haley Zembo; senior Natalee Sigfrids; and freshmen Melania Luostari and Ari Robillard.
Northwestern has two seniors on the team in Ruby Moore and Abby Wennersten, as well as freshman Ellie Peterson.
Seniors Zoey Vaara and Maddelyn Swanson represent Northwood/Solon Springs.
Wennersten, Vaara, Raye, Zembo and Fish are back-to-back selections. Moore has been named to the team three times.
- Batted .506 with eight doubles, three triples, six home runs, 24 runs batted in and 16 stolen bases.
- Defensively Raye picked off 11 runners and had a fielding percentage of .984.
- First team all Lake Superior Conference; Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Division 1 Player of the Year; first team WFSCA all state; first team WFSCA all district.
- Coach Mike Sather let Raye's stats do most of the talking in his nomination, adding, "I don't think I have to mention she is a pretty good catcher."
- Recorded a .608 batting average and a .670 on-base percentage with seven doubles and 41 stolen bases.
- Heart O' North Conference Player of the Year; First team all HON Conference; first team WFCA all state; first team WFSCA all district.
- Coach Scott Janigo said Moore's leadership guided the Tigers to a 22-2 record, including an HON title and a WIAA Division 3 regional championship. "She says things that need to be said," Janigo said. "She's a great role model for her team."
- Averaged .319 at the plate with three doubles.
- Second team all Lake Superior Conference; selected to play in the WFSCA 2022 Senior All Star Game.
- One of the team's seniors, Sigfrids was "a great shortstop" for the Spartans, Sather said.
- Recorded a .415 batting average to lead N/SS; .954 on-base plus slugging percentage, 20 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
- First team all Lakeland East Conference; honorable mention WFSCA all district.
- Coach Jackson Terry said Swanson grew a great deal during the course of her senior year and was "very solid defensively" at second base all season.
- Batted .356 with a .908 OPS, .500 OBP and 15 RBIs.
- In the circle, Vaara went 15-2 with a 1.58 ERA, 84 strikeouts, 18 walks, 11 complete game shutouts and a .204 batting average against.
- Lakeland East Player of the Year; first team all Lakeland East Conference; honorable mention WFSCA all state team; first team WFSCA all district; selected to play in the WFSCA 2022 Senior All Star Game.
- Terry said Vaara was the "ace pitcher who carried us each of the last two years," and said in addition to her prowess in the circle, Vaara "was also a very productive hitter this year, hitting in the middle of our lineup."
- Averaged .524 at the plate with 37 RBIs and a .560 OBP.
- First team all Heart O' North Conference; first team WFSCA all district.
- Wennersten improved and showed off her grit on the field as the Tigers' catcher, Janigo said. "Abby developed over the years and became a very good catcher in the HON conference," he said.
- Hit .329 and notched a .500 slugging percentage; knocked seven doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs; stole three bases.
- Defensively, Fish had a .986 fielding percentage.
-Second team all Lake Superior Conference.
- Sather said Fish is "truly outstanding" at first base.
- Recorded a 12-2 record with a .724 ERA in 96.2 innings; struck out 146 batters; threw eight shutouts and two no-hitters; the batting average of opponents when she was in the circle was .105.
- First team all Lake Superior Conference; second team WFSCA all state team; first team WFSCA all district team.
- Zembo was the Spartans' ace in the circle. Sather said her play has made people talk, and he hopes to see her keep improving.
- Averaged .493 at the plate and .644 slugging with seven doubles, one triple, one home run, 16 RBIs and four stolen bases.
- Sather said Luostari is one of the Spartan's bright young stars and someone to "keep your eye on." The Spartan coach pointed to her arm strength and speed as two factors that have helped her find success so far in her career.
- Batted .444 with 25 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Her OBP was .521 and her slugging percentage was .538.
- First team all Heart O' North Conference.
- Janigo said Peterson helped the Tigers win their conference and regional championships. "Ellie throws hard and ... plays with emotion, which elevates the play of her team," he said.
- Averaged .338 at the plate with two doubles, one home run, 16 RBIs and three stolen bases.
- In the circle, Robillard went 5-1 with a 1.48 ERA, 31 strikeouts and two shutouts. Her fielding percentage was .915.
- Robillard is "just a great all-around player who can play any position and did a great job pitching," Sather said.
This story was updated at 8:54 a.m. July 1 with additional information about Ruby Moore. It was originally posted at 7 p.m. June 30.