The Perry softball team’s season may have come to a close, but awards and recognition keep on making its path through the bases.
It’s been almost three weeks since the Jayettes’ Johana Diw and Emma Olejniczak laced up their cleats for their final match of the season at Regional Finals, but the duo’s work this past season hasn’t gone unnoticed.
After receiving All-Raccoon River Conference honors, the two players were named to the Class 4A All-State Team by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association.
Olejniczak made her way to first team status with an impressive senior season in the circle for the Jayettes. She finished with an overall 23-11 record and a 1.28 ERA in over 219 innings of work. She struck out 356 hitters, third-best in the state, walked just 36 batters, and allowed only 142 hits.
She also was a threat at the plate. Olejniczak finished with a .385 batting average with 18 runs scored and 26 RBIs on 40 hits including eight doubles, a triple and a home run.
Leading the team offensively was shortstop Diw who finished her junior season with a .454 average which included 12 doubles, four triples, and 13 homers, second-best in 4A. She scored 43 runs, and had 40 RBIs in her 58 hits.
Across the way at Woodward-Granger High School, Hawks’ junior Kaycee Major received the team’s lone state recognition with a Class 2A All-State Honorable Mention nod.
In 34 games played this past season, the shortstop started in 33 of them where she led the team in five offensive categories.
In 103 plate appearances she belted four home runs, drove in 34 runs, recorded two triples, had a .496 OBP, and a .680 SLG.
Her 45 hits and .437 batting average was only second to Bree Lesch’s 47 hits and .443 batting average. She also finished third on the team in runs scored with 23.