Softball: Carey earns third team all state distinction
By Brandon Hurley
A rare postseason honor put a fitting bow on a lengthy career last week.
Greene County’s Megan Carey was named to the Class 3A IGCA all-state third team following her senior campaign.
The centerfielder led the Rams with a .406 batting average and 39 hits. The team-best average was tied for eighth in the Heart of Iowa Conference while her hit total was ninth in the league.
Carey was fourth in the HOIC with a team-high 32 runs scored while her 12 stolen bases in 14 attempts was tied for a league-high.
Carey also was named first team all Heart of Iowa Conference as well. The senior wrapped up her stellar five-year Greene County career with 159 career hits and 120 total runs scored.
She never batted less than .330 in a single season, batting better than .400 on several occasions.
Carey was a more than suitable leader for a Greene County team that started the year losing eight straight contests. The Rams were able to dig out of that hole, finishing the year an even .500 the rest of the way, winning 10 out of their last 20 contests.
Greene County finished the summer 10-18 overall capped by a first round regional loss to West Marshall, 11-1 in six innings. The Rams were 5-9 in conference play, finishing in a tie for fifth with PCM. North Polk captured the regular season crown with a 12-2 record.
Davenport Assumption captured it’s second straight Class 3A state title last week, defeating Louisa-Muscatine, 7-4 in the championship game. Assumption has won 80 games in the last two years alone with just five losses.
West Liberty’s Haylee Lehman led the state with a .602 average and 74 hits while Camanche’s Tara Wehde led 3A with 18 home runs. Columbus Catholic’s Taylor Hogan was tops in the state with 72 runs scored, Carroll’s Rylee Ludwig led 3A with 63 stolen bases.