WOODWARD — Two seniors and one junior from Woodward-Granger’s softball team were recently chosen for All-State recognition in Class 2A by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association.
Senior Dalaney Bice was chosen for the First Team. Positions are not designated; Bice was both a pitcher and a shortstop for the Hawks.
Bice led the state with 18 home runs and was second statewide in slugging percentage with a beefy 1.142. She was 44-of-106 (.491) at the dish, smacking 52 total hits, of which 13 were doubles, one was a triple and 18 cleared the fence. She had 44 RBIs, scored 18 times and was a strikeout victim just five times in 121 plate appearances.
Despite missing all of her junior season — save for three at-bats in the first game — with a knee injury, Bice finishes fifth on Iowa’s all-time career home run list with 54 dingers.
Fellow senior Carli Major was named to the Honorable Mention team. She was 31-of-87 (.356) with five doubles and a home run. Major drove in 22 runs and scored 18 times.
Junior Maggi Mallon also garnered Honorable Mention status. Mallon hit .374 (37-of-99) with five doubles. She scored 14 runs and drove in 19.
The Hawks are coached by Noah Bean, with Dave Smeltzer assisting. They finished 20-13 overall and 13-3 in WCC play, trailing only 2A state champion Van Meter.
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