Fritz, Sicard and Scurr selected for all-state again

Ashley Sicard’s reputation as the ace pitcher of the AGWSR softball team precedes her, yet she ranked third in the entire state with her Class 1A-leading 14 home runs.

But don’t be mistaken. She also finished second in Iowa with 28 wins and seventh with 274 strikeouts.

And today, she gained her second straight Iowa Girls Coaches Association all-state first-team honor.

Sicard, the junior right-hander who helped lead the Cougars to back-to-back third-place finishes at the Iowa Girls’ State Softball Tournament, also gained consecutive first-team all-state honors as announced today.

Sicard is one of four area softball players to receive first-team honors, joined by teammate and senior outfielder Madison Fryslie in 1A, and East Marshall juniors Taylor Fricke and Mariah Fritz in 3A.

The all-state selection is the second for Fritz, the Mustangs’ top pitcher and leadoff hitter who was a second-team pick last summer. She went 26-3 in the circle this season to lead East Marshall back to the 3A state tournament, where it finished with a fourth-place result – its best in three straight trips to Fort Dodge.

BCLUW senior shortstop Kendall Scurr scored 2A second-team honors for the second year in a row – the Comets’ first repeat selection since Jamie and Nicole Fisher were four-year honorees from 2007-2010.

Scurr was joined by BCLUW teammates Mallory Vawter, a junior outfielder, and sophomore pitcher Olivia Callaway to make up the first Comet trio to earn all-state since, well, 2012. Scurr and Vawter both gained second-team selection, while Callaway was a third-team pick for her first all-state award.

Sicard and Fryslie were joined on the 1A all-state squad by fellow Cougar Olivia Ingledue, a third-team honoree. This marks the first time three AGWSR players have been selected to the season-ending all-state teams since the two schools merged.

Speaking of firsts: South Tama County senior center fielder Tori Appelgate became the Trojans’ first all-state selection in at least 16 years when she was picked for the 3A third team. Appelgate was the leadoff hitter for the Trojans and hit .366 while scoring a team-high 32 runs.

With Class 1A being the largest, it’s the only division granted an honorable mention squad by the IGCA. Colo-NESCO senior center fielder Madison Farren led the team with a .405 batting average, 32 hits, eight doubles and 29 RBIs.