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Jorgensen named state's softball player of year

Potratz, area standouts make first team

August 11, 2008
By JOSH MEYER, Messenger Sports Writer

Another productive season on the diamond once again resulted in first team all-state honors for Fort Dodge's Tieryn Potratz.

The junior was selected as a utility player on the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union's top Class 4A squad after hitting .420 with a team-high 60 hits, 40 runs, 24 RBI, 13 doubles, five triples and four home runs. She also posted a solid 13-6 record in the circle with a 2.42 ERA for the Dodgers, who finished 28-14 overall.

Potratz was one of many area softball players recognized on Monday's all-state squad. Southeast Webster-Grand's Jennifer Jorgensen made the elite team and was tabbed overall offensive player of the year in Iowa, while Newell-Fonda's Lauren Devereaux and Kelly Johnson, Humboldt's Alex Clough and Emmetsburg's Maddie Woodruff were first team all-state picks.

''Tieryn's definitely made a name for herself,'' said FDSH head coach Andi Adams. ''She's a very clutch player for us, and has been for quite some time.''

Last year Potratz was chosen to the first team as an outfielder after batting .437 with 29 RBI and 53 runs scored. She had previously been named to the third team as a freshman.

''Tieryn beat state champion Valley twice this year (pitching), which really showed something,'' Adams said. ''She had a rough winter with a broken nose, broken ankle and mono, but continued to put in as much time as possible to prepare for the season.''

In addition to her pair of impressive victories over powerful two-time defending state titleholder Valley, Potratz pulled off a rare feat by hitting for the cycle in an early-season doubleheader sweep at Hoover.

Adams has high expectations for Potratz heading into her final prep campaign.

''I think she'll continue to put pressure on herself to lead our team to bigger and better things,'' Adams said. ''Hopefully, all of our players will work that much harder in the offseason so that we can get back to the state tournament.''

Jorgensen was awarded a utility spot on both the Class 1A and Elite all-state squads. She was also the Player of the Year in Iowa and Overall Offensive Player of the Year in Class 1A for her outstanding efforts.

The University of Pacific basketball recruit sported a .596 batting average with 84 hits, 68 runs scored, 70 stolen bases and 29 RBI. Jorgensen helped lead the Eagles to their third state tournament appearance in the past four years and finished her career with a national prep record 380 stolen bases.

She established a new state best in hits (442) and tied the career record for runs (344) as well.

Devereaux (pitcher) and Johnson (infielder) each garnered first team recognition for Class 1A state champion Newell-Fonda, while teammate Susan Kies was chosen to the third team as a catcher.

Devereaux, a junior, recorded a 23-5 pitching mark with a 1.24 ERA. Johnson, a senior, hit .350 with 25 RBI, 33 runs and 43 hits. Kies, a sophomore, paced the Mustangs in hits (57) and runs scored (43).

North Sentral Kossuth sophomore Rebekah Rolling made the second team as an infielder. She hit .570 with 20 doubles, 32 RBI, 38 runs and 69 hits. Outfielder Megan Rolling was also picked to the third team for the Eagles. The senior batted .449 with 28 RBI and 48 hits.

In Class 2A, Humboldt senior outfielder Alex Clough landed a spot on the top squad. The Wildcats received a second team selection from senior catcher Kyla Peters.

Clough hit .405 with 20 RBI, while Peters batted .407 with 44 RBI.

Woodruff was a first squad choice as a utility player. The Emmetsburg sophomore compiled a 25-9 record in the circle with 336 strikeouts and a miniscule 1.12 ERA.

Classmate Alex Lock grabbed third team honors as a utility player for the E'Hawks. Lock hit .313 with 24 RBI.

Eagle Grove senior infielder Ashley Willard was on the second squad. Willard batted .586 with 44 runs scored.

Contact Josh Meyer at (515) 573-2141, or by e-mail at



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