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Aurora-Elgin area softball preview for 2024 season


Despite the homecoming losses, Class 4A state runner-up Yorkville is the team to beat. Oswego East, South Elgin and Oswego are up for the challenge.

Top 10 Teams

1.Yorkville (36-3)

ace shooter Maddie Reeves (Miami of Ohio) and defender Sarah Ebner (Green Bay) is coming off heavy graduation losses for the final Class 4A state runner-up, but the Foxes will still be a target. sophomore Kayla KerstingThe all-state catcher, who is hitting .447 with six home runs, is taking on a leadership role alongside senior seniors Makenzie Sweeney in the second stage and Jensen Krantz first stage.

2. Oswego East (24-10)

With the return of five seniors committed to playing at the next level, the Wolves could be in for a special season following the regional championship. Big boppers up front are senior second basemen Ronnie Craft and senior outfielder Finley Andersonwho struck out 54 and 52 respectively in earning all-state honors. elderly people Nicole Stone And Tristin Hyland head up shooting staff.

3. South Elgin (26-6)

With eight returning players led by the veteran outfielder. Mia Speidel (DePauw), an all-state selection and junior pitcher Anna Kiel (Loyola) should be a contender for the Storm Upstate Eight Conference title and pose a strong threat to make a strong playoff push.

4.Oswego (23-12)

The Panthers are ready to compete for their first sectional title since 1987. Senior outfielder Marissa Moffett (Illinois State) starring. Junior third baseman/pitcher Aubriella Garza (Norhern Illinois) set a program record with 52 hits last season. Junior catcher/third baseman Kiyah Chavez (Iowa) hit .375.

5th St. Charles East (17-12-1)

The Saints’ streak of six consecutive sectional titles is over, but they’ll be back in the hunt, led by three all-state players on the junior catcher/reliever squad Hayden Sujacksenior pitcher Grace Hautzinger (Rollins) and senior catcher Samantha Gaca (Maryville). Sujack hit .412 with 14 homers, Hautzinger hit 193 in 121 innings and Gaca hit .388, striking out nine while trying to steal.

6th St. Charles North (22-8)

The North Stars graduated eight key seniors but will be led by veteran second baseman Maddie Hernandez (Wisconsin-Stevens Point) and young pitcher Paige MurrayBoth played a role in the 2022 Class 4A state champions. Senior outfielder/shortstop Haley Nelson (Augustana) will contribute.

7. West Aurora (8-18)

The experienced group of nine returning players should be in much better shape after battling injuries. We expect another great season from the young defender Sarah Tarr (Miami of Ohio), hit .495 and earned all-state honors. Senior pitcher/outfielder Katelyn Serafin (Aurora University) returned after throwing just 18 innings last spring due to injury. Four-year varsity players include: Mia Malczyk, Mackenzie Fraus, Ionica Rivera And Vianca Juarez.

8. Aurora Central Catholic (18-11)

The best must be yet to come for a team that had no seniors and only two outfielders last season Amelia Lohrey and second baseman Natalie Sanchez – to advance to this year’s GCAC. Junior catcher/shortstop Sophia Delgado He is one of four returnees to hit over .400.

9.Newark (30-3)

The three returning seniors provide a strong core from the program, which reached the section final last year and finished fourth in Class 1A in 2022. Pitcher/utility What is Rizzo? (Wisconsin-Stevens Point) hit .400 and went 7-0 in the circle, while the third baseman Ryan Williams (Lincoln Memorial) hit .506 and catcher/outfielder Danica Persian (Wisconsin-Whitewater) followed at .500.

10. Metea Valley (13-18)

Senior outfielder Reese Val and senior pitcher/fielder Genevieve GonzalesBoth state elections hit .431 and .379, respectively. They headline five returnees, including all-conference options on the young pitcher Charlie Beneshyoung field player Claire Desrosiers and senior utility Riley O’Neill.

Sara Tarr

H. Rick Bamman / Beacon News

West Aurora’s Sara Tarr (2) takes the field against Wheaton Warrenville South in the Class 4A regional championship game hosted by the Blackhawks on Friday, May 26, 2023, at Spartan Athletic Park in Aurora. (H. Rick Bamman / The Beacon- News)

25 Players to Watch

  • Finley Anderson, Oswego East, senior, infielder/outfielder;
  • McKayla AndersonDundee-Crown, senior, pitcher/outfielder.
  • Jaelyn AnthonyOswego, sophomore, pitcher/infielder.
  • Kiyah Chavez, Oswego, junior, catcher/infielder.
  • Lindsey TapsPlano, junior, shortstop/catcher.
  • Ronnie Craft, Oswego East, senior, infielder/outfielder.
  • Sophia Delgado, Aurora Central Catholic, junior catcher.
  • Samantha Gaca, St. Charles East, junior catcher.
  • Aubriella Garza, Oswego, junior, infielder/pitcher.
  • Grace Hautzinger, St. Charles East, senior, pitcher.
  • Maddie Hernandez, St. Charles North, senior, infielder/reliever.
  • Kayla Kersting, Yorkville, sophomore, catcher.
  • Anna Kiel, South Elgin, junior, infielder/pitcher.
  • Jensen Krantz, Yorkville, senior, first baseman.
  • Hannah LaubWaubonsie Valley, senior, pitcher/outfielder.
  • Olivia LiguoriBartlett, senior, catcher/infielder.
  • Danica Peshia, Newark, senior, outfielder;
  • Emily ReaganBatavia, senior, pitcher.
  • Anna SandersBurlington Central, senior, infielder.
  • Katelyn Serafin, West Aurora, senior, pitcher/outfielder.
  • Mia Speidel, South Elgin, senior, outfielder.
  • Nicole Stone, Oswego East, senior, infielder.
  • Hayden Sujack, St. Charles East, sophomore, outfielder/catcher.
  • Sara Tarr, West Aurora, junior, center back.
  • brynn woodsKaneland, sophomore, pitcher/reliever.

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