McPoland had her best week of the season last week as the Wahawks posted back-to-back sweeps over Cedar Rapids Washington and Central Elkader. In those four games, McPoland went 8-for-14 with two doubles and two RBIs. On the season, McPoland leads West with a .337 batting average, 13 runs scored, 10 RBIs and she has eight extra-base hits — seven doubles and a home run. “We’ve been really impressed by Bri’s level of play this year,” said West head coach Ashley Reimer. “Her bat has been an integral part of our offense every game. She’s also very helpful defensively, both as our centerfielder and catcher.” McPoland also participates in basketball at West.
Sproul has been dominant in the circle for the third-ranked (3A) Sailors, posting a 23-2 record in her third year leading the Columbus pitching staff. Overall she stands at a 1.80 ERA in a 155 1/3 innings pitched. In that body of work she has only walked 15 while striking out 91 batters. Offensively, she is tallying high marks as well in the clean-up spot for the Sailors. She currently is batting .393 and leads Columbus in both RBIs (36) as well as sacrifices (12). “Kayla brings to the diamond a love and joy for the game while at the same time providing an exemplary role model for her teammates at what it means to be a focused, fierce competitor,” Columbus head coach Chris Olmstead said. “She is a selfless player willing to do whatever the team needs in order for it to be successful.”
Westhoff hurled a three-hit complete game against Mount Pleasant last Friday to lift the Sailors into the championship game of the Waterloo Bucks Baseball Tournament. “He was able to change speeds effectively and keep a strong hitting team off balance for the entire seven innings,” Columbus head coach Mark Gallagher said. “He is a quiet leader for our team. We play a lot of younger kids, and he is a calming influence for those kids.” Westhoff, who is 2-2 with a 3.13 earned run average on the season, also participates in football, basketball and track for the Sailors.
Hovenga ranks second on the Wildcats in runs batted in (25) and stolen bases (23 of 25), while batting .402 with nine doubles, a triple and a home run. “Grace has done a tremendous job this year in all categories,” Janesville head coach Shelly Sorensen said. “She is very knowledgeable about the game and plays with a lot of intensity. She also knows how to have fun while she plays and helps keep the team loose.” Hovenga also participates in basketball, volleyball and track, where she qualified for state in three events this past May.