For the third time in the last four years, the Rockridge softball team ended its season playing on the state diamonds at East Peoria's EastSide Centre.
Although the Rockets' trip to central Illinois did not quite turn out as they hoped, settling for a Class 2A third-place trophy instead of back-to-back state championships, it still was a nice capper on a 32-7 season that included a fourth consecutive Three Rivers West Division title.
When the league recently announced its 2019 All-Conference squad, Rockridge was rewarded with nine players being named to the team, including four first-team honorees.
Three of the Rockets' first-teamers were unanimous selections, including seniors and four-year starters Kadey Garrett and Amelia Thomas at outfield and shortstop, respectively. Sophomore pitcher Olivia Drish was also a unanimous selection. Joining that trio on the first team was junior first baseman Hailee Dehner as a utility player.
Conference runner-up Orion (17-10), which fell in the 2A regional finals for the second straight year, had eight of its players earn All-Conference honors, a group led by a trio of first-teamers.
Two of those three, sophomore pitcher Jenna Drish and junior first baseman Tori Werkheiser, were unanimous selections. Joining them on the first team was senior outfielder Lena Newman.
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Riverdale, which finished a game behind the Chargers in the TRAC West standings, had a pair of first-teamers in its battery of sophomore pitching ace Ashlyn Hemm and junior catcher Lauren Anderson. All told, the Rams had seven All-Conference honorees.
Fulton, which finished a win shy of back-to-back 2A regional titles, had four first-team picks in the junior infield duo of Emily Schipper and Kylee Sweenie, fellow junior Emily Banker in the outfield, and sophomore pitcher Liz Fish. The Steamers had eight All-Conference selections altogether.
Sherrard had four TRAC West all-league selections, led by its lone first-teamer, freshman shortstop Bella Dean.
E-P trio unanimous TRAC East honorees: Champions of the Three Rivers East and a 2A regional finalist, Erie-Prophetstown (22-9) had seven of its players earn All-Conference recognition, with all three of the Panthers' first-team picks being unanimous selections.
Senior pitcher Calisa Steel, junior shortstop Erica Thulen and freshman outfielder Jaden Johnson were E-P's unanimous picks.