Updated: March 24, 2014 8:06PM
10 PLAYERS TO WATCH
Sam Alberto, Tinley Park: Was one of the big reasons the Titans had their greatest softball success ever (third place in Class 3A). The four-year varsity starter earned second team All-State honors after hitting .439, with 10 home runs and 31 RBI.
Sarah Crews, Beecher: One of the area’s top pitcher/hitters, Crews had a phenomenal 2013 season in helping lead the Bobcats to their 11th straight conference title. In the circle she was 14-4 with a 1.74 ERA. At the plate she hit .538, with 14 doubles, five homers and 41 RBI.
Morghan Dieringer, Lincoln-Way West: The senior has great movement on her pitches. Dieringer was 22-3 in 2013, with 205 strikeouts and just 38 walks. Opponents hit just .164 against her.
Morgan Greenwood, Providence: The junior can play at either corner position and also behind the plate. She was one of the Celtics’ most consistent hitters in 2013, batting .460 with 13 doubles, four homers and 23 RBI.
Rylie Jay, Lemont: A standout among sophomores in 2013, the junior shortstop did it all when it came to offense. She was a slugger (10 HR), found gaps (13 doubles) and hit for consistency (.584). She was clutch with runners on base (51 RBI) and flashed speed on the bases (11 SB).
Abby King, Crete-Monee: Junior catcher proved her freshman season wasn’t a fluke by hitting .529, with 37 RBI as a sophomore in 2013. Her 24 stolen bases were tops among area catchers.
Katie Krzus, Sandburg: The junior first baseman has a knack for pushing teammates around the bases. She showed plenty of power (9 HR) and was among the area leaders in RBI in 2013 with 41.
Taylor Sterkowitz, Oak Forest: The sophomore first baseman was a freshman phenom at the plate in 2013, earning all-conference honors by hitting .362, with seven homers, 10 doubles and 33 RBI.
Sara Tobin, Richards: Tough hitter at the top of the order, the senior outfielder returns after a season in which she hit .416, with 19 RBI. She earned all-conference and All-Area honors.
Brooke Wyderski, Marist: The senior shortstop may have been the toughest out in the area in 2013 en route to SouthtownStar Player of the Year honors. The Loyola-bound slugger hit .587, with 11 doubles, 12 homers and 64 RBI. She’s quick (22 stolen bases in 23 attempts) and is a defensive wizard.
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Lockport outfielder Sara Koniewicz ranks first in her senior class, will be the school’s valedictorian and is a national merit finalist. She will attend the University of Chicago.