All-GVC Baker’s Dozen

Hayes, Messersmith named Co-MVP’s

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 11/6/19

Eagles,Tigers and Wildcats.

Those were the three mascots represented in recent voting for the All-Gasconade Valley Conference (GVC) softball teams.

Among the 12 selections for the All-GVC …

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All-GVC Baker’s Dozen

Hayes, Messersmith named Co-MVP’s

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Eagles,Tigers and Wildcats.

Those were the three mascots represented in recent voting for the All-Gasconade Valley Conference (GVC) softball teams.

Among the 12 selections for the All-GVC Softball First Team, nine of them were taken by Belle Lady Tigers and Vienna Eagles.

First-team nods from Mick Byrd’s Vienna squad were junior infielder Marsie Messersmith, senior first baseman Kamryn Hayes, junior shortstop Karissa Feeler, junior catcher Gabby Wilkinson, junior pitcher Alicia Long and sophomore outfielder Kadence George.

Belle’s Lady Tiger softball trio named to the All-GVC First Team included junior third baseman Susie Moman, junior infielder Cheyenne Struemph and sophomore pitcher Gracie Rehmert.

Cuba’s trio of Abby Wilson, Carmyn Barrett and Kiyah Bast rounded out the All-GVC softball first team.

Messersmith and Hayes were selected as Co-Most Valuable Players (MVPs) of the league.

Hayes’ eight home runs tied the single-season record also held by Maddie Stricklan who hit eight home runs just four years ago in 2015.

Second-team selections were led by the Belle trio of senior catcher Faith Gieck, senior infielder Mya Honse and freshman shortstop Riley Long.

Vienna junior designated player Molly Otto along with Cuba’s duo of Madilyn McMillian and Diamond Payne filled out the All-GVC Softball Second Team.

Due to Bourbon and Steelville playing their seasons in the spring now, All-GVC softball team voting encompassed only Belle, Cuba and Vienna.

In addition to conference honors, a trio of Vienna Eagle softball players also earned All-Region honors from the Missouri High School Fastpitch Coaches Association (MHSFCA).

All-Region teams consisted of players from districts one, two, three and four in Class 1.

Vienna’s first-team selection was George on the infield to go along with second-team nods for Messersmith as a pitcher and Long as a utility or designated player.

Batting .580 this past fall for Vienna, George posted the second-best batting average by an Eagle softball player behind Joann Stratman who batted .600 back in 1986.

Seeing their season end at the hands of Stoutland in the Class 1, District 5 title game, Vienna saw the Lady Tigers advance to the MSHSAA Class 1 Softball Championships over the weekend only to place fourth in the state following a 10-3 loss to Maysville in the Class 1 third-place game.

Stoutland fell to Canton 4-1 in the first of two Class 1 semifinal showdowns Friday morning.

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