Softball finishes season 28-13
Some individual honors have rolled in since the Douglas High softball team closed the book on its 28-13 season.
Rebecca Rippee and Brooke Kizer received first-team all-conference recognition. Rebecca Goodspeed and Kim Gonzales were second-team picks and Lori Shephard was included on the honorable mention list. Sspecial senior awards were handed out Monday at the awards dinner to three players who are departing after graduating Friday: Stacy Riddell, Goodspeed and Gonzales. But as coach Mike Rippee liked to point out, this season was a success for all 13 players on the roster.
“The thing about these girls was that at one time or another, they all contributed in one way or another, all the way down the line,” Rippee said.
The most important statistic of all was 28, the number of games the Tigers won on their way to a third-place tie during the Northern 4A conference season, third at the zone tournament and a trip to the 4A state tournament in Las Vegas.
“We were there,” Rippee said. “We had our shot, it just didn’t work out. We lost our first game at state in 14 innings (to Green Valley) then we lost to a quality Bonanza team. The thing is, just to get down there was quite an accomplishment. There were some darn good teams that didn’t make it.”
Proof of the parity in the Northern 4A conference came out at the end when Reed won the state tournament – after finishing seventh during the regular season.
As for those individual awards, two Douglas players received first-team all-conference honors: Rebecca Rippee at first base and Brooke Kizer at designated hitter. Both are juniors who have been starters in each of their three years at Douglas.
Kizer was the team’s second leading hitter this season with a .325 batting average (.343 in conference). However, she was just as valuable – if not more so – for her play behind the plate.
“Brooke did a great job as our catcher,” Rippee said. “She handled the pitchers great and she was tough as nails behind the plate. Very few balls got by her, she threw out a number of base runners, and if there was a play at the plate, I don’t think anybody got past her when she decided to block the plate.”
Rebecca Rippee was the Tigers’ top hitter with her .426 batting average (.385 in league), .642 slugging percentage and six home runs.
“She was a very consistent hitter, there were very few games where she didn’t come away without a hit,” coach Rippee said. “The awards are frosting on the cake, but your goal as a team is always to play well enough to have a chance in the post-season, and the thing about Rebecca, her goal was what can I do to benefit the team.”
Goodspeed was selected as a second-team all-conference shortstop and Gonzales as a second-team pitcher. Junior pitcher Lori Shephard received honorable mention recognition.
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