Pioneer’s Cripe named Miss Softball finalist
Joins teammate Farris, Winamac’s Gearhart, Caston’s Zimpleman on first-team all-state
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
Pioneer senior Hailey Cripe was named a Miss Softball finalist and Class 1A/2A First Team All-State in voting done by the Softball Coaches Association of Indiana and released to the media Friday.
The Miss Softball Award has been given every year since 1993 (excluding 2020). No Pioneer player has ever won it.
Cripe, a Kansas recruit, was also selected to the SCAI All-Star team for District 1 along with teammate Kylie Farris and Winamac’s Ella Gearhart. Those three will play in the North-South All-Star Games at Indiana University on June 24-25.
Cripe, Farris, Gearhart and Caston’s Addison Zimpleman were also selected to the 1A/2A First Team All-State.
RTC area players named Second Team All-State included Caston sophomore catcher Isabel Scales, Tippecanoe Valley junior center fielder-pitcher Corinna Stiles and Tippecanoe Valley junior second baseman Molly Moriarty.
RTC area players picked Third Team All-State included Pioneer senior outfielder Mackenzie Robinson, Valley senior outfielder Brayden Baney and Valley junior infielder-outfielder Abby Bowers.
In addition, five RTC area players were named to the Academic All-State team. That group included Winamac teammates Gearhart and Kaya Campbell, Pioneer’s Farris, Argos’ Kara Sabanski and Valley’s Jaeda Carpenter.
Four area players were picked Academic All-State Honorable Mention. That group included the Valley trio of Macy Kirchenstien, Sydney Rhamey and Baney and Winamac’s Brooke-Lynne Ulerick.
Addison Zimpleman Kylie Farris Ella Gearhart