Softball: Hoyle, Stream snag second team, all-conference honors
By BRANDON HURLEY
A pair of Greene County’s most consistent hitters this past summer were rewarded with a prestigious honor.
Sophomores Emma Hoyle and Emma Stream were named to the Heart of Iowa Conference second team for their impressive play in 2021.
Stream, the Rams trusty catcher, led the team in batting with a .356 average, which ranked her 14th in the league. Hoyle wasn’t far behind, maintaining an average of .333, which placed her 18th overall.
Stream collected 21 hits to go with a single home run and 11 RBI, in addition to a slugging percentage of .508 and just seven strikeouts in 59 at-bats.
Hoyle’s 20 RBI were the most of any Ram, which tied her with two others for the 12th-most in the Heart of Iowa Conference. The sophomore hurler’s two home runs also tied her for 10th in the league while she struck out just six times in 57 at-bats, sporting a slugging percentage of .509.
Hoyle was Greene County’s workhorse in the pitcher’s circle this summer, tallying 102.1 innings pitched and 109 strikeouts, which was the third highest total in the league.
Saydel’s Dakota Lake struck out the most batters in the HOIC (260) while Roland-Story’s Madison Geise just barely edged out Hoyle for second with 110 strikeouts in 133 innings pitched.
Hoyle’s ERA of 5.40 was eighth-best in the conference while her 1.79 WHIP was seventh best to go with an opponent’s batting average of .290.
Lake was nearly untouchable on the bump, coupling her overpowering speed with a league-low 1.27 ERA and a HOIC-best 0.78 WHIP.
Stream was sixth in the conference with 130 put outs, sporting a fielding percentage of .973, while Saydel’s Brooklyn Leydens led the league with 291 putouts in 32 games played.
Lake was quite the all-around athlete this summer, leading the HOIC with a .513 batting average while her 40 hits were sixth-most.
Roland-Story’s Macy Friest was tops in the league with 46 hits while PCM’s Riley Johannes was No. 1 with 15 doubles. Saydel’s Rachel Barton was the league’s top power-hitter, collecting nine home runs to go with a conference-best 43 RBI.
Roland-Story’s was tops in total runs scored (44) as well as stolen bases (23).
Saydel captured the Heart of Iowa Conference regular season title with a sparkling 12-1 record, out-lasting runner-up Roland-Story by a game and a half (10-2).
PCM finished third with a 9-3 record in league play, one of only three HOIC teams to finish with a winning record.
Greene County finished in sixth with a 3-10 mark. Nevada was fourth (3-8) while South Hamilton was fifth (3-9). West Marshall finished seventh in their first year of league play with a 2-9 record.
Greene County was sixth as a team in batting average .262 while Roland-Story led the league with a .337 average. The Rams were last with 86 runs scored and total hits (129). Roland-Story sported the most effective offense with 243 runs scored while Saydel was No. 1 with 302 hits and 14 home runs.