Rogers' Katelyn Kemmetmueller was named Minnesota's 2016 Ms. Softball. Star Tribune photo by JEFF WHEELER • email@example.com
Rogers pitcher Katelyn Kemmetmueller wrapped up a decorated high school career being named 2016 Play Ball! Minnesota Ms. Softball.
The honor is given to the state's top senior player and selected by college coaches and scouts. It was presented by the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Minute Men during a banquet at Target Field on June 26.
Kemmetmueller was also named Mississippi 8 Conference Most Valuable Player and Star Tribune All-Metro Player of the Year.
Touted for her arm strength that she developed on her family’s farm, Kemmetmueller posted a 0.18 ERA in the regular season and led the Royals (19-1) to an 8-0 league record. The right-hander also guided Rogers to the Class 4, Section 8 championship game, where the Royals ended their season with a 3-2 loss to eventual state runner-up Buffalo.
She allowed just three runs (two earned) in 12 regular-season games and finished the year with a 14-1 record, a 0.42 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 100 innings pitched.
As a hitter, Kemmetmueller compiled a .468 batting average, drove in 24 runs and tallied four homers this season. Those numbers are at par with several of the finalists in Carlie Brandt (Le Sueur-Henderson), Carly Esselman (Farmington), Angela McBeain (Prior Lake), Lauren Oberle (Eden Prairie), Morgan Olson (Zumbrota-Mazeppa) and Lexi Schoper (Mankato West).
It wasn’t entirely Kemmetmueller's production on the mound or at the plate that garnered her the award, but her all-around ability in the field - especially at shortstop, where her overhand throws to first base have been clocked at 70 mph.
Kemmetmueller is committed to Minnesota and will likely get a chance flex her rocket arm at shortstop or in the outfield next spring for the Golden Gophers.