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Reese’s Selle caps career as TCA Player of the Year, heads All-Advertiser Team

 

(Photo by Tim Sheridan) Carlee Selle, of Reese, is this year’s TCA Player of the Year.

Catchers see everything on the field.

They are involved in working with pitchers during, before, and after games. They aid defensive plays in both the infield and the outfield. And, of course, they hit.

For Reese’s Carlee Selle, that is the appeal of catching, and her excellence at all those things is why the Tuscola County Advertiser is recognizing Selle as the 2017 Softball Player of the Year.

Selle, who takes her leadership role and standing as a four-year starter and three-year captain to heart, considers all of her accolades as another way to lead by example for younger teammates.

“It can show the younger girls when you accomplish things during the season, people do notice and people will realize how much work you put in and how much you shined during the regular season,” Selle said regarding TCA’s recognition of her season.

The 18-year-old backstop led the Rockets in eight offensive categories this season, including batting average (.620), on-base percentage (.675), slugging percentage (1.206), doubles (17), triples (8), home runs (7), runs batted in (56), and walks (20).

She holds school records in several categories as well, leaving Reese as the all-time leader in hits (244), doubles (65), triples (18), home runs (30), RBIs (205), and batting average (.533).

While being fully aware of her individual performance, Selle’s biggest takeaway from her time with the Rockets is the time spent with her teammates and her development as a leader.

“I’ll probably miss hanging out with my teammates the most, we got along every year,” she said. “We’d go on tournaments and after games … just sit and talk and get to know each other. Even though we grew up in a small town, we would still not know so many things about each other.”

When Selle was a freshman with the Rockets, she learned the value of spending off-the-field time with teammates from the girls who were seniors then, as they helped show her how to prepare for games and carry herself on and off the field.

“My favorite part of (my four years) was my freshman year and working with all of the seniors on how to approach physical (game) situations and how to deal with someone who didn’t feel like working that day; they taught me how to be the leader that I am.”

Catchers are often natural leaders and Selle is no exception to that, but she was quick to credit a lot of her coaches, including Reese head coach Andy Behmlander and several of his assistants.

“Mr. Behmlander made me in the leader that I am. He pushed me every day at practice … (assistant coach Matt) Lefler, in my junior year, made sure we were focused on the game; (assistant coach Dave) Ganton and (assistant coach) Dennis Weber would always work to make us better.”

When speaking of Selle, Behmlander admired her leadership skills and her work ethic, which has taken her all over the country already, and even led her to South America for workouts with an Argentine national team.

“She wanted to excel at (softball),” Behmlander said. “The best thing is the leader she’s become. She was picked by our coaches as team captain her sophomore year. That leadership came through early on. That leadership is hard to find. She never worries about herself or her stats and that is something coaches really appreciate.”

Selle, who was First Team all-state for the third straight year in 2017, stated all of the good coaching she has experienced has influenced her quite a bit, and that when she is done playing, she wants to be a coach.

“She can take over for me when I retire,” joked Behmlander.

For her part, Selle said she loves to help younger players, both by the example of her play and the type of teammate she can be.

“I’ve never had a bad coach,” she said. “I’ve always had good coaches who made me want to play better. I realized I could be a coach one day and help girls get better and make their game stronger.”

Behmlander agreed, saying that Selle provides a great standard as a vocal role model who will be very difficult for the Rockets to replace going forward.

“She doesn’t have a lot of off days, but when she (has a bad day) she’ll be leading the charge, banging on the (dugout) fence, (and) yelling. The other girls tend to follow by example, but when they see something like that, they probably more than anything is something we are going to miss.”

All-Advertiser Softball Team

Player: Carlee Selle

School: Reese

Grade: 12

Position: catcher

2017 Highlights: Division 3 nomination for Miss Softball Michigan; first team all-state for three straight years; all-american team honorable mention; 3-time team captain; first-team all-conference (Greater Thumb West); led team in eight offensive categories: batting (.620), RBIs (56), doubles (17) triples (8), home runs (7), walks (20), on-base percentage (.675) and slugging percentage (1.206); struck just six times; holds school records for hits (244), doubles (65), triples (18), home runs (30), RBIs (205), and batting (.533), will play for Kent State next spring.

Coach Andy Behmlander: “She doesn’t have a lot of off days, but when she (has a bad day) she’ll be leading the charge, banging on the fence, yelling. That kind of leadership is hard to find. She’s not worried about herself or her stats, which is something all of the coaches really appreciate.”

Player: Gabbie Sherman

School: Millington

Grade: 10

Position: pitcher

2017 Highlights: All-district; all-region; honorable mention all-state; set school record with 26 wins; threw eight shutouts; struck out school-record 268 batters in 182 ⅓ innings to go with a 1.68 ERA and a WHIP (walks + hits per innings pitched) of 0.751; walked just 20 batters all year; batted .453 with 53 hits (tied for team lead); hit 11 doubles, two triples, three home runs; second on team with 40 RBIs; verbally committed to play collegiate ball for Kent State.

Coach Greg Hudie: “She meant a lot and kept us in a lot of very big games playing the best competition. She broke the school win and strikeout records in a season … with the toughest schedule Millington softball has ever had.”

Player: Elena Beyerlein

School: Reese

Grade: 12

Position: second base

2017 Highlights: First team all-state for second straight year; first team all-conference (Greater Thumb West) two straight years; two-time team captain; led team in hits (59), runs (52), and stolen bases (13); second in batting (.513), home runs (4), RBIs (43), doubles (15), triples (5) and slugging percentage (.813), signed to play for Madonna University next year.

Coach Andy Behmlander: “As proud as I am about her hitting, it is as a defender where she really shines. She makes all the plays that we ask of her. She has great range and a rocket for an arm.”

Player: Camryn MacGuire

School: Kingston

Grade: 10

Position: pitcher

2017 Highlights: First team all-conference (North Central Thumb League); all-region; all-district; all-state honorable mention; put up a 15-2 record for the Cardinals; ERA of 0.67 with 10 earned runs allowed in 105 innings; struck out 107.

Coach Tip MacGuire: “Camryn is still a young pitcher, but has good control and varies speeds effectively. She also fields her position well. (She) helped offensively this year, hitting .420 for the season.”

Player: Lauryn Frenzel

School: Mayville

Grade: 11

Position: pitcher

2017 Highlights: First team all-conference (North Central Thumb League) unanimous selection; all-district; all-region; all-state honorable mention; set school record with 253 strikeouts in a season; posted a 19-4 overall record, including 12-1 in league games; registered a 1.81 ERA; .598 batting average with a .670 on-base percentage; 52 hits with 48 runs scored, 13 doubles, and four triples.

Coach Mark Cooper: “Lauryn was dominant in the circle and our most consistent hitter. Lauryn is a leader by example and an integral part of our team and has been since she was a freshman.”

Player: Sara Reinhardt

School: Unionville-Sebewaing Area

Grade: 12

Position: catcher

2017 Highlights: First team all-conference (Greater Thumb West); team captain; led team in batting (.481) and hits (62); drove in 42 runs; more walks (18) than strikeouts (17); hit 22 doubles; led team in on-base percentage (.533) and runs scored (54).

Coach Isaiah Gainforth: “(Sara) calls a very good game and controlled the running game very well this year. She’s a very good player and great teammate.

Player: Katie Engelhardt

School: Unionville-Sebewaing Area

Grade: 11

Position: pitcher

2017 Highlights: First team all-conference (Greater Thumb West); posted a 20-8 record to go with a 2.70 ERA and a .201 opposing batting average; struck out 163 batters over 158 innings with three shutouts, including a pair of no-hitters; led team with 57 RBIs; batted .359 with 46 hits, including 11 doubles, two triples, six home runs; scored 40 runs.

Coach Isaiah Gainforth: (Katie) is my No. 1 pitcher and plays first base. (She) has done a great job this year taking over the pitching duties … she has gotten better as the year progressed. (She is also) a very good first baseman with great instincts.”

Player: Cally Cunningham

School: Millington

Grade: 12

Position: outfielder

2017 Highlights: First team all-state, batted .447 with 51 hits, including 15 doubles and four homers; on-base percentage of .493; drove in 38 runs and scored 38 times; stole 10 bases; will play college ball at Lake Erie next spring.

Coach Greg Hudie: “She’s been a very consistent hitter for us. She ended up hitting leadoff for us and got on base a ton. Her on-base percentage was remarkable.

Player: Kaylee Kujat

School: Frankenmuth

Grade: 10

Position: third base

2017 Highlights: First team all-conference; all-district; all-region; led team with .467 average on 64 hits, tying school record; set school mark with runs scored (69); six triples also a school record; slugged .715 to lead team thanks to seven doubles, six triples, and five home runs; drove in 41 runs; stole 27 bases.

Coach Brad Walraven: “(She) had a fantastic year as our leadoff batter. She has great softball instincts, especially on the bases; she scores from first base on a ball hit up the gap as well as anyone I have ever coached. Kaylee is such a great athlete and has a chance to break a lot of school records in her four years of softball.”

Player: Hannah Karwat

School: Frankenmuth

Grade: 12

Position: shortstop

2017 Highlights: First team all-conference (Tri-Valley East); all-district; all-region; honorable mention all-state; led team in home runs (7) and RBIs (47); holds school marks for hits and runs scored; second on team in 2017 with 45 runs scored; hit nine doubles; stole nine bases without being caught; hit .455 with team-best .592 on-base percentage; second to Kujat with a .679 slugging percentage.

Coach Brad Walraven: “She has been a four-year starter for us and after the first eight games of her freshman year, she became our permanent shortstop for the rest of her career. She was our third (place) hitter this year and put up good offensive numbers. Not only will Hannah’s offensive and defensive skills be missed, but all of her intangibles, i.e. leadership, being a great teammate. She was another coach on the field for us.”

All-Advertiser Second Team

Player: Brianna Osantowske

School: USA

Grade: 11

Position: outfielder

2017 Highlights: First team all-conference (Greater Thumb West); .445 batting on 53 hits; drove in 43 runs and scored 41 times; hit 11 doubles with three home runs; on-base percentage of .521.

Player: Marisa Morton

School: USA

Grade: 12

Position: shortstop

2017 Highlights: First team all-conference (Greater Thumb West); team captain; hit .379 with 44 hits; scored 40 runs with 37 RBIs; hit eight doubles, two triples; led team with seven home runs and a slugging percentage of .663.

Player: Alexis Cady

School: USA

Grade: 12

Position: first base/second base

2017 Highlights: Second team all-conference (Greater Thumb West); hit .392 with a .477 on-base percentage and .640 slugging percentage; scored 47 runs with 49 hits; had 40 RBIs; smacked 17 doubles, four triples, and two home runs.

Player: Rylee Zimmer

School: USA

Grade: 10

Position: second base/pitcher

2017 Highlights: Second team all-conference (Greater Thumb West) as a pitcher; batted .412 on 54 hits; scored 47 runs while driving in 39; hit 10 doubles, three triples, and five home runs; on-base at .459 clip with a .648 slugging percentage; posted an 11-2 pitching record with 43 strikeouts in 70 ⅔ innings as team’s No. 2 pitcher.

Player: Cira Skinner

School: Kingston

Grade: 12

Position: catcher

2017 Highlights: First team all-conference (North Central Thumb League); all-district; all-region; hit .430 with 34 hits, including six doubles, four triples, and four home runs; struck out just eight times in 79 at-bats; drove in 40 runs and scored 23.

Player: Sam Romanowski

School: Mayville

Grade: 12

Position: third base

2017 Highlights: Second team all-conference (North Central Thumb League); all-district; all-region; batted .433 with a .490 on-base percentage; had 39 hits, including 10 doubles and four triples; drove in 39 runs and scored 24.

Player: Taylor Rueger

School: Millington

Grade: 12

Position: first base

2017 Highlights: Academic all-state; all-region; all-district; batted .409 on 47 hits; seven doubles; 38 RBIs with 25 runs scored.

Player: Darrien Roberts

School: Millington

Grade: 9

Position: shortstop

2017 Highlights: First team all-conference (Tri-Valley East); tied for team lead with 53 hits; team-best 16 doubles to go with a triple and three home runs; 37 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .523; verbally committed to play softball at Aquinas.

Player: Sydney Bishop

School: Millington

Grade: 10

Position: catcher

2017 Highlights: First team all-conference (Tri-Valley East); all-region; all-state honorable mention; led team with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs; walked team-high 22 times for a .611 on-base percentage; hit 14 doubles.

Player: Abbey Ackerman

School: Reese

Grade: 11

Position: shortstop

2017 Highlights: First team all-conference (Greater Thumb West); all-state honorable mention; batted .495 on 51 hits; scored 43 runs and drove in 33; slugged 10 doubles, four triples, and three home runs.

All-Advertiser Honorable Mention

Lauren Bouvy, Reese, freshman

McKenna Slough, Millington, sophomore

Leah Denome, Millington, sophomore

Hannah Rabideau, Millington, sophomore

Lauren Adam, USA, junior

Lexi Rutter, Mayville, sophomore

Emily Coulter, Frankenmuth, sophomore

Madison Hornung, Vassar, junior

Meredith Moore, Caro, sophomore

Morgan Eremia, Caro junior

Natasha Dubs, Owendale-Gagetown, junior

Alyson Witzke, Owendale-Gagetown, junior

Carley Haldane, Owendale-Gagetown, freshman

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