Four Lincolnwood High School softball players were among the 23 players selected for the 2020-21 MSM Conference all-conference softball teams.
Brittany Slightom, Cassie Krager and Sidney Glick all landed on the first or second team, while Paige Rainwater was an honorable mention.
A phenomenal catcher and the team’s leading hitter, Slightom earned first team honors in her senior season. Behind the plate, Slightom led the team in fielding percentage at .978, with just four errors on the season. She also had 12 assists and 162 putouts on the year.
In front of the plate, she was even better as she led the team in batting average (.462), on base percentage (.551) and slugging percentage (.600). Slightom also had the most hits (30), RBIs (23) and the second most runs scored (26) for the 13-9 Lady Lancers.
Krager, Slightom’s fellow senior, was a second team pick this year. The Lancer stalwart batted .431 with a .500 on base percentage and a .569 slugging percentage. She was second in hits (28) and runs scored (19) and third in runs scored behind Slightom.
The team leader in runs scored was Glick, who crossed the plate 29 times and was joined Krager on the second team. The junior centerfielder batted .311 on the year with a .506 on base percentage after drawing 25 free passes (20 base on balls and five hit-by-pitches). Glick also slugged .459, with one of the team’s three home runs on the season.
Rainwater had another one of those home runs and batted .333 on the year with 21 hits and 12 RBIs. Much of her success came a little further from home plate as she was the Lancers’ ace in 2021 with 104 strikeouts in 77.2 innings.
Rainwater and Glick were two of the 14 underclassmen on this year’s all-conference list, which also featured nine seniors.
Conference champion Tri-City/Sangamon Valley had the most honorees with seven, while Pawnee matched Lincolnwood with four selections. Edinburg/South Fork and Calvary/Lutheran had three picks each, with Morrisonville taking the finals two spots with seniors Sarah Williams and Caitlin Clarke.
Next year, the conference will have a different look as Lincolnwood welcomes Morrisonville into the fold as the two districts begin a co-op for all junior high and high school sports.
2020-21 All-Conference Softball
First Team: Brittany Slightom, Sr. - Lincolnwood; Kelsey Bruno, Sr. - Tri-City/Sangamon Valley; Kenzie Krider, Sr. - Tri-City/Sangamon Valley; Jordan Closs, Jr. - Tri-City/Sangamon Valley; Daleny Chumbley, Jr. - Tri-City/Sangamon Valley; Grace Blair, Jr. - Tri-City/Sangamon Valley.; Maddy Byers, Jr. - Pawnee; Rylie Burney, Jr. - Edinburg; Savannah Skeeters, So. - Calvary.
Second Team: Cassie Krager, Sr. - Lincolnwood; Sidney Glick, Jr. - Lincolnwood; Emma Farley, Sr. - Tri-City/Sangamon Valley; Kamryn Sturdy, Fr. - Tri-City/Sangamon Valley; Emma Dart, Sr. - Calvary; Nyla Cooper, Sr. - Pawnee; Kaleigh Cobb, Jr. - Pawnee; Ryleigh Davidson, So. - Edinburg; Maya Rodriguez, So. - Pawnee.
Honorable Mention: Paige Rainwater, So. - Lincolnwood; Caitlin Clarke, Sr. - Morrisonville; Sarah Williams, Sr. - Morrisonville; Juli Orr, Jr. - Edinburg; Autumn Bodine, So. - Calvary.