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And the Winner is...MN Softball Hub Top Performer Revealed

By Matt Bigelow, SportsEngine, 05/08/18, 12:00PM CDT


We select athletes with some of last week's most outstanding stat lines. You decide the player with the best performance.

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Athletes are considered for the top performer poll only if their stats are entered on the MN Softball Hub by 10 a.m. on Sundays. If any coaches or members of their coaching staff would like to be set up to enter stats, please email mnhubs@sportngin.com.

Fans' Choice for Top Performer

Eliya Johnson, Coon Rapids: Johnson has been a force in the Coon Rapids lineup and put together a huge week as her team won five games. She hit three home runs and drove in 15 runs in the stretch, which included a five-RBI outing in Coon Rapids’ 11-8 win over Blaine on April 30.

MN Softball Hub Top Performer candidates

Megan Baniecke, Forest Lake: The Rangers are undefeated and Baniecke has been a big reason why. The senior pitcher dealt a gem of a performance in a 3-2 win over Park of Cottage Grove on May 2, allowing two runs while striking out seven. Baniecke put in work at the plate too, as she batted 3-for-3 with two home runs and six RBI in an 8-2 win over White Bear Lake the next day. 

Tori Tollefson, Chanhassen: Tollefson has been a hitting machine for the Storm, as she’s tallied more extra-base hits than singles this season. The sophomore, batting .515 through 10 games, went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two walks in a 13-4 win over Chaska on April 30. Two outings later, she went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and four RBI in a 10-0 win over Bloomington Kennedy.

Grace Gall, Eastview: With a 9-2 pitching record this season, Gall has played a huge role in Eastview’s success. The senior pitcher turned in three impressive performances last week. Gall allowed one run on five hits while striking out 11 in an 8-1 win over Rosemount on May 2. She then struck out 11 more in a complete-game shutout win over Maple Grove a day later. To cap the week, Gall notched 17 strikeouts in a 4-3 win over Hopkins on May 5. Gall ranks fifth in the state with 87 strikeouts recorded.

Afton Zemke, West Lutheran: Zemke has been piling up strikeouts in bunches this season — almost two per inning — and was solid in four starts last week, when she struck out 44 batters in a combined 24 ⅔ innings. Her ERA sits at 1.99 on the season.

*Stats and records as of May 7

MN Softball Hub polls are for entertainment purposes only. 

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