GH softball players honored

Four Grand Haven softball players recently received All-district recognition.
Tribune Staff
Jun 5, 2014

 

MIKAYLA GRONBACK     Freshman Catcher

As a solid lefty swinger, Gronback batted everywhere between Nos. 1-4 in the Buccaneer lineup.  In the words of coach Paul Masko, she was Grand Haven’s best “pure-hitter,” batting at a team leading .472 clip.  Gronback was a constant threat at the plate, with a strikeout percentage below four percent, to go along with her team leading slugging percentage. Gronback led all catchers in the O-K Red in batting average (.413), and was the only player nominated for a conference pick not to have struck out on the season.

KYLIE MASKO     Sophomore Outfielder

Batting from the left side, Masko showed a solid consistency with her hitting.  Masko had an overall batting average of .451, second best on the Bucs.  Most notably, she hit .530 in non-conference games, and had the most base-on-balls on the team, at 11. As a non-traditional cleanup hitter, Masko was a team player with production at the plate that included many drag bunts, sacrifices, and slaps. She was extremely difficult to defend against, due to her running speed combined with her ability to drag bunt.

Masko was also the Buccaneer’s ambidextrous pitcher. Her gift of pitching with both arms caught the attention of many area coaches and softball fanatics.

 KAYLEE HARTWELL     Sophomore Utility Player

Hartwell, by-all-means, is a gifted athlete with speed, quickness and arm-strength.  Finishing the season as the leadoff batter, Hartwell hit .367 overall, good for third on the team.  She led the Bucs in home runs (two), runs scored (35) and stolen bases (19). Hartwell was a team player who could, and would, play any position on the field with eagerness. Hartwell played every position on the ball diamond except first base, and when asked to step up, complemented Masko with her pitching performance.

JORDAN BUCKINGHAM    Sophomore Shortstop

As a returning All-district representative, Buckingham was the third batter in the Buccaneers’ lineup, and took over the role of shortstop midway through the 2014 season. Batting .351, Buckingham led the team in RBIs (25) and doubles (12). Most notably for the Bucs, Buckingham’s performance as a shortstop elevated the team to compete against all opponents, and helped give Grand Haven its most successful season in nearly a decade.

 

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