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Thatcher, Peoples, Thatcher highlight BC postseason awards

Butte Central’s Kloie Thatcher, Mollie Peoples and Kelcie Thatcher took home top honors when the postseason softball awards were announced this week.

Kloie Thatcher and Peoples were named first-team Class A All-State, while Kelci Thatcher received the Southwestern A Coach of the Year Award.

In all, nine members of the BC team received accolades.

Juniors Teresa Piazzola, McKenzie Gallagher and Shawnee Hjelt and sophomore Emily St. John received second-team all-conference honors. The team didn’t specify position, but Piazzola and Gallagher clearly made the team as pitchers, while St. John played outfield and Hjelt switched from second base to outfield midway through the season.

Sophomore catcher Corbyn Holm and freshman third baseman Megan Michelotti each received an all-conference honorable mention.

During the regular season, Kloie Thatcher, a freshman, batted .431. She moved from center field to shortstop to shore up the BC infield midway through the season. That was key in BC’s late-season run to the regular-season conference title.

Peoples, a sophomore first baseman, hit .296 with six doubles. She saved her best for last, catching fire late in the season.

Kelci Thatcher is BC’s third-year head coach. She guided the Maroons to a 17-11 record as the Maroons came within six outs of playing on Saturday of the Class A State tournament.

The entire Southwestern A all-conference team and Southwestern A All-State players follow:

Softball All-State                                                            

Taylor Goligoski                 Hamilton              SR

Kloie Thatcher                    Butte Central       FR

Brandi Lovaas                     Dillon                    SR

Rachael Ringer                   Hamilton              SOPH

Mollie Peoples                    Butte Central       SOPH

Carly Vercruyssen              Stevensville          SR

 

All-Conference 1st Team

Taylor Goligoski                 Hamilton              SR

Kloie Thatcher                    Butte Central       FR

Brandi Lovaas                     Dillon                    SR

Rachael Ringer                    Hamilton              SOPH

Mollie Peoples                    Butte Central       SOPH

Carly Vercruyssen              Stevensville          SR

Kassandra Flores                Anaconda             JR

McKayl Rothie                    Hamilton              SR

Kimee Hritsco-Murray       Dillon                    SR

Megan Finley                      Stevensville          SR

 

All-Conference 2nd Team

Teresa Piazzola                   Butte Central       JR

Lacee Moodry                     Anaconda             SR

McKenzie Gallagher           Butte Central       JR

Caitlin Dillon                       Hamilton              FR

Tayler Reynolds                  Hamilton              SR

Audrey Schurg                    Dillon                    SR

Nicole Turner                      Corvallis               JR

Jenna Lockman                   Stevensville          SR

Emily St. John                     Butte Central       SOPH

Shawnee Hjelt                    Butte Central       JR

 

All-Conference Honorable Mention

Lauren Dolcater                  Hamilton              SR

Hannah Schaefer                Anaconda             SOPH

Cambrea Beller                   Stevensville          SR

Corbyn Holm                      Butte Central       SOPH

Taia Tully                             Corvallis               JR

Kloie Nye                             Hamilton              JR

Kira Doyle                            Corvallis               JR

Megan MIchelotti              Butte Central       FR

Adrianna Pittman              Dillon                    SOPH

Sky Lopez                            Hamilton              FR

Southwestern A Coach of the Year

Kelci Thatcher                     Butte Central



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