Capital Region High School Sports Awards

Capital Region High School Sports Awards


The State Journal-Register’s Capital Region High School Sports Awards show streamed online via Youtube on June 30.

The broadcast event recognized the area’s best student-athletes and may be found on the Capital Region High School Sports Awards website. 

The SJ-R will publish a special section on Sunday, Aug. 1 to highlight the best athletes. Each sport, except tennis and swimming and diving, will have a Large School and Small School award winner in the special section.

An overall winner was selected in the broadcast so they may be considered for the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards statewide show, which aired on Thursday, July 15.

Here are this year’s 24 honorees for softball, with 12 spots designated for both Large School and Small School.

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Rosie Bartletti

ROSIE BARTLETTI, Sacred Heart-Griffin, junior, pitcher 

An Illinois Coaches Association Class 2A third-team all-state pick, she was a force on the mound and at the plate. She finished 14-3 with a 2.28 ERA while ending with 134 strikeouts against 42 walks in 107 1/3 innings pitched. She finished with the team’s fourth-best batting average (.443, 31 of 70), fourth-most RBIs (21), led the team with 22 stolen bases, tied for the team high in runs scored (32) and was second in home runs (two).  

Emmalia Bender

EMMALIA BENDER, Springfield High, senior, shortstop 

The ICA 3A third-team all-state selection led the Senators with a .539 average (48 of 89) with 11 doubles, four triples and five home runs. She finished with 32 RBIs and 36 runs scored in 26 games. 

Addison Cline

ADDISON CLINE, Rochester, junior, shortstop 

She batted .420 (29-for-69) with 23 RBIs and 25 runs scored and smacked three home runs. She also stole seven bases. 

Josie Deatherage

JOSIE DEATHERAGE, Rochester, senior, pitcher 

The Rockets’ No. 1 pitcher was 8-6 with a 1.63 ERA in 95 2/3 innings pitched. She struck out 129 and walked just 25, nearly an average of one walk every four innings. At the plate, she hit .373 (25-for-67) with 15 RBIs and seven runs scored. Her eight doubles led the team. 

Haley Foli

HALEY FOLI, Chatham Glenwood, senior, left field 

Hit .413 (31 of 75) for second on the Titans, knocked in 14 runs and led the team with 24 runs scored. Her 13 stolen bases also was tops for Glenwood. 

Alivia Hemberger

ALIVIA HEMBERGER, Sacred Heart-Griffin, senior, shortstop 

She had the Cyclones’ third-highest batting average at .444 (28-for-63) and finished with 15 RBIs and 20 runs scored.  

Laney Parker

LANEY PARKER, Lanphier, junior, shortstop 

Led the Lions with a .450 average (18-for-40) and finished with 14 RBIs, 18 runs, seven doubles and two home runs.  

Ellie Rockford

ELLIE ROCKFORD, Sacred Heart-Griffin, junior, center field 

She carried a .483 average (28-for-58), drove in 14 runs and scored 26. She was second on SHG in average and stolen bases, with 13. 

Terin Teeter

TERIN TEETER, Chatham Glenwood, senior, pitcher 

Finished 9-6 with a 1.71 ERA in 94 innings pitched. In that span, she fanned 142 batters and walked just 17. She was also fourth on the team in average at .369 (24-for-72), had three home runs and hit three home runs. 

Gretchen Trello

GRETCHEN TRELLO, Sacred Heart-Griffin, junior, catcher 

An ICA 2A third-team all-state pick, she led the SHG offense in average (.486, 35 of 72), RBIs (36) and home runs (seven) and she added nine stolen bases to her totals.

Tatum Trotter

TATUM TROTTER, Chatham Glenwood, junior, first base 

The Titans’ top offensive producer with a .417 average (30-for-72) to go along with a team-best 24 RBIs and a team-leading seven doubles.  

Mallory Vespa

MALLORY VESPA, Springfield High, junior, pitcher 

The junior threw 2/3 of all of the Senators innings, finished 8-7 with a 3.36 ERA. She had 106 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings pitched. She also batted .324 (24-for-74) with 19 RBIs, eight runs scored and finished with three homers.  


Savannah Billings

SAVANNAH BILLINGS, Staunton, junior, infielder 

All-South Central Conference First Team and Illinois Coaches Association All-State Third Team, Billings wrapped up her outstanding season with a .638 batting average and totaled 43 hits, 42 RBIs and 36 runs, including seven home runs and 19 doubles. 

Sydney Bires

SYDNEY BIRES, Gillespie, senior, pitcher 

All-South Central Conference First Team, Bires led the Miners in both hitting and pitching. She had a .507 batting average with 38 hits, 35 RBIs and 19 runs, including seven home runs. She also pitched a 2.23 ERA and went 12-3 overall. 

Grace Blair

GRACE BLAIR, Buffalo Tri-City/Sangamon Valley, junior, infielder 

All-MSM Conference First Team and Illinois Coaches Association All-State Second Team, Blair had a .538 batting average with 42 runs and 36 RBIs, including five home runs.  

Kelsey Bruno

KELSEY BRUNO, Buffalo Tri-City/Sangamon Valley, senior, pitcher 

All-MSM Conference First Team and Illinois Coaches Association All-State Third Team, Bruno ended the season 12-1 with a 0.72 ERA while totaling 168 strikeouts in 76 innings. She also had a .439 batting average with 36 hits and 29 RBIs, including two home runs. She will play at Millikin University. 

Riley Burney

RYLIE BURNEY, Edinburg, junior, pitcher 

All-MSM Conference First Team and Illinois Coaches Association All-State Second Team, Burney compiled a .407 batting average with five RBIs and 10 runs. She also recorded 80 strikeouts in eight pitching appearances with a 2.51 ERA. 

Maddy Byers

MADDY BYERS, Pawnee, junior, shortstop 

All-MSM Conference First Team, Byers boasted a .568 batting average with 15 RBIs and 34 runs in 22 games. 

Daleny Chumbley

DALENY CHUMBLEY, Buffalo Tri-City/Sangamon Valley, junior, pitcher 

All-MSM Conference First Team and Illinois Coaches Association All-State First Team, Chumbley struck out 119 batters and allowed just 29 hits and six walks in 61 innings to finish with a 7-1 record and 0.92 ERA. She also had 42 hits with 11 doubles and 31 RBIs to complement her .488 batting average. 

Maranda File

MARANDA FILE, Williamsville, junior, infielder 

A unanimous All-Sangamo Conference First Team pick and Illinois Coaches Association All-State Class 2A Third Team selection, File finished with a .417 batting average that included two home runs, 18 RBIs and seven runs. 

Addy McClure

ADDY MCCLURE, Petersburg PORTA, senior, pitcher/infielder 

The University of Illinois Springfield commit and unanimous All-Sangamo Conference First Teamer powered the Bluejays with a .491 batting average, seven home runs, 23 runs and 20 RBIs in 15 games. She also went 7-2 in the circle and managed a 2.48 ERA in 12 appearances. 

Nivarra Oredina

NIVARRA OREDINA, Athens, sophomore, catcher 

Unanimous All-Sangamo Conference First Team and Illinois Coaches Association All-State Second Team, Oredina fueled the Warriors with a .517 batting average that included five doubles, five triples and four home runs to go along with 17 RBIs and 31 runs. 

Maddie Roberts

MADDIE ROBERTS, Williamsville, junior, infielder 

All-Sangamo Conference First Team and Illinois Coaches Association Class 2A All-State Third Team, Roberts led the Bullets with a .521 batting average, one home run and seven doubles. She also had 13 RBIs and 15 runs. 

Brittany Slightom

BRITTANY SLIGHTOM, Raymond Lincolnwood, senior, catcher 

All-MSM Conference First Team and Illinois Coaches Association All-State Third Team, Slightom racked up 30 hits and 23 RBIs for a .462 batting average. The team MVP also caught every pitch and had a .978 fielding percentage. 

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