Bobcats’ Wagner gains first-team all-conference

Marshalltown senior catcher Taylor Wagner was named to the inaugural all-Central Iowa Conference softball first team as voted on by the league’s 11 coaches.

Wagner, who is headed to play NCAA Division I softball at Eastern Michigan, led the Bobcats in most offensive statistical categories and was team’s starting catcher in all 39 games this summer. She was one of two catchers chosen to the all-CIC first team and the only Bobcat on either all-conference squad.

Wagner led MHS with a .419 batting average, 54 hits, 28 runs scored, 16 doubles, 12 stolen bases and shared the team lead with one triple and 25 RBIs.

Wagner also received unanimous selection to the first-team all-CIC Northern Division squad, making it four years in a row for the Bobcat backstop. She was a first-team pick a year ago, second team as a sophomore and honorable mention as a freshman.

Second-team honors went to senior infielder Madi Bellile, senior outfielder Emily DeVenney and sophomore outfielder Cassidy Blackford. Bellile batted .320 with 11 stolen bases, DeVenney hit .368 with 16 RBIs, while Blackford finished with a .365 average, eight doubles, two home runs and 18 RBIs.

Seniors Lauren Mazour and Quinn Goodman both received honorable mention for the Bobcats who finished 16-23 overall and 2-10 in CIC Northern Division action.