Softball, baseball players honored by state, district

3 softball, 1 baseball player among best in state
NEW Media Staff

Several area softball and baseball players picked up all-state and all-district honors after the seasons wrapped up.

Players from Shawano, Bonduel, Marion, Wittenberg-Birnamwood and Pulaski were recognized for their play on the diamond and some for their work in the classroom.


Pulaski’s Morgan Vertz and Molly Molthen, Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Rory Salvesen and Bonduel’s Hailee Thompson all landed on all-state teams put out by the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association.

Vertz made the second team in Division 1, while Molthen was an honorable mention.

Vertz posted a .382 average and .482 on-base percentage for the season. She clubbed 11 extra-base hits, drove in 26 runs and scored 13 times.

Vertz also pitched 111 innings, striking out 160 batters along the way. She picked up 15 wins and had an earned run average of 1.70.

Molthen hit .516 this season and got on base at a .597 clip. She tallied nine extra-base hits, drove in 14 runs and scored 30 times. Molthen stole 11 bases.

Salvesen was a second teamer on the Division 2 and 3 lists.

The freshman hit for a .488 average this spring and was on base at a .562 clip. Salvesen tallied 15 extra-base hits, drove in 15 runs and scored 43 times. She also stole 36 bases.

Thompson was on the second team list at the Division 4 and 5 level.

For the spring, Thompson had a .533 average and .624 on-base percentage. She collected 20 extra-base hits, drove in 40 runs, scored 43 times and stole 15 bases.

Along with the all-state honors, several area softball players were recognized on a District 2 list.

Pulaski’s Vertz and Molthen were part of first team among the large school teams, while teammate Cassie Benberg was an honorable mention.

Benberg posted a .413 average and .479 on-base percentage this spring. She clubbed eight extra-base hits, drove in 17 runs and scored 17 times.

Salvesen was on the first team among the medium schools in the district, while Thompson made the first team among the small schools in the district.


Shawano’s Ashton Henning was the lone area baseball player to make an all-state team, but several others were honored on all-district and the academic all-state list put out by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association.

Henning made the honorable mention all-state team in his senior season after posting a .397 average. He made the list as an infielder.

Henning also made the North Central District first team as an infielder.

Marion’s Jaden Stuhr made the all-district second team, while teammate Nick Malueg was an honorable mention.

Stuhr made the list as a pitcher, earning 10 wins and striking out 103 batters over 47 innings this spring. He posted a .30 ERA after allowing just two earned runs.

Malueg made the list as an outfielder. He posted a .434 average, which included six extra-base hits. He drove in 12 runs, scored 40 times and stole 34 bases.

Witt-Birn’s Ian Salvesen also made the honorable mention list for the district, making it as an infielder.

Salvesen hit .400 in conference play alone, with an on-base percentage of .491. He scored 14 runs and drove in eight more.

Bonduel’s Noah Weier made the academic all-state list. To be considered, players must be a junior or senior, have made the first or second teams in their conference, must have a coach that’s a WBCA member and finally must have a grade-point average of 4.0 or higher.

Bonduel’s Easton Reinke was on the all-academic list for the district, which is for players with a GPA of 3.8 or higher.