When a city is fortunate enough to have two championship teams with a combined overall record of 39-10 and an even more impressive 32-3 record in the Woodland Conference, it is no surprise that three players made the 16-member 2012 NOW All-Suburban Softball Team.
Sophomore shortstop Mallory Klotz of New Berlin West and New Berlin Eisenhower pitchers Jamie Kilps and Katie Lang were the first-team selections.
A closer look shows that six more made high or regular honorable mention and the coaches for each team made high honorable mention also.
Here's a closer look at the three first-teamers.
Klotz was a first-team All-District (Southeast) and a third-team All-State selection. She was also a unanimous All-Woodland Conference choice (combined) in 2012 in the infield and an all-Woodland Conference Blue Division infield selection. She broke nine school single-season records, many of which were her own from last year. She already holds six school career records.
A left-handed lead-off hitter, Klotz used her speed to slap, bunt and steal bases. She had a ridiculous .656 on base percentage (OBP) pace, while batting .544 and slugging .824. She had 12 extra base hits (seven doubles, three triples, two homers) with 36 runs scored and 24 RBIs and she stole an amazing 33-of-34 bases (.970 success rate). In the field, she had a .914 fielding percentage with six errors (three in one game) in 70 chances, 34 putouts and 30 assists.
Klotz takes pride in being at the top of the order.
"I go up there as the lead-off hitter and it's my job to show the team we can hit this pitcher," Klotz said. "I try and make something happen. I try to be smart, work the count and get into the pitcher's head."
Klotz, who is currently sitting on the sideline for summer softball, hurt her thumb (chipped bone, ligament damage) sliding into third and will be out six weeks.
Both Lang and Kilps were actually at a disadvantage with their stats because the Lions played 14 five-inning games, so their chances were cut down. Which makes their accomplishments even more amazing.
The talented Lang was a first-team All-District (Southeast) and an honorable mention All-State and a 2011-12 All-Woodland Conference selection and was also an all-Woodland Conference Black Division first team choice for the second year in a row.
Lang, who played left field when she didn't pitch, batted .470 with a .569 OBP and a .663 slugging mark. She scored an amazing 48 runs, had 12 extra base hits (10 doubles, two homers) and 28 RBIs. She had a 1.000 fielding percentage, on 55 total chances with 32 putouts and 23 assists.
In 15 games, she was 9-2 with two saves and a 1.53 ERA. She worked 64 innings, allowing 40 hits, 18 walks and 91 strikeouts. She averaged 4.4 hits per seven innings (HP7), 1.9 walks per seven innings (WP7) and 9.9 strikes per seven innings (KP7). She has a 20-3 with a 1.50 ERA career record.
She led the team in strikeouts and led the team in runs scored, doubles, stolen bases and walks.
Lang, who shared the Woodland Conference Black Division Co-Player of the Year Award with Kilps, was thrilled that Kilps also made the NOW All-Suburban team.
"It's really cool both made the team because we both shared the time," she said. "It made a huge difference. We both warmed up together. We knew if one of us would have trouble in the game, the other one was there. It was very nice.
"Jamie was my biggest cheerleader."
Kilps also felt the same way about Lang.
"That was really really nice to have someone like Katie on the team," she said. "We got along very well. We supported each other. If one of us had a bad day, we could comfort each other because we both understood what the other one was going through each game."
Like Lang, Kilps didn't have a lot of bad days.
Kilps was an honorable mention All-District (Southwest) choice, a 2012 first-team All-Woodland Conference (combined) choice and a 2012 Woodland Conference Black Division choice.
She was 10-2 with two saves and a 1.31 ERA. She pitched 15 games, worked 69.2 innings, 51 hits with 10 walks and 90 strikeouts. She showed outstanding control with an amazing 0.33 WP7 average. She also averaged 5.1 HP7 and 9.0 KP7.
She finished 19-10 with a 2:03 ERA in her career.
Like Lang she was a key member of the offense. She took some hitting lessons in the off-season and it paid off as she batted third, hit .467, with a .480 OBP and a .522 slugging mark. She had an impressive 41 runs scored and 41 RBIs. She made one error in 25 total chances, with seven putouts, 17 assists and a .960 fielding mark. She not only topped the team in ERA and wins, but led the Lions in hits and RBIs.
"I am very happy and excited," Kilps said abot her selection. "I'm proud of my accomplishments, but I'm proud of my teammates as well. I couldn't have been successful with their efforts."
The only senior of the three, Kilps will attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and play softball for the Eagles.
New Berlin Selections
High Honorable Mention
Ike senior Shawna Rickard (utility)
West junior Alison Kuhne (infield)
West junior Abby Kunz (pitcher)
Ike senior Jenna Malinauskas (infield)
Ike senior Rachel Weigand (catcher)
Ike junior Sam Lewiston (outfielder)
High honorable mention
Ike's Jeff Setz
West's Corey Scheel, Greg Klotz
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