Upper Iowa all-conference honors go to five Central softball players

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Fern Diersen (Photo by Bev Hamann)

Chelsia Larson (Photo by Bev Hamann)

Ashlyn Scherf (Photo by Bev Hamann)

Tori Sylvester (Photo by Bev Hamann)

Kaitlyn Wiley (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register


The Upper Iowa all-conference softball teams include five Central players. Fern Diersen was named to the first team and Chelsia Larson and Ashlyn Scherf to the second team. Honorable mention status went to Tori Sylvester and Kaitlyn Wiley.


Diersen was the starting catcher for the Warriors in 20 out of 21 games this season. The senior led the team with 27 RBIs and had the second highest batting average at .371. She finished tied for the most hits, with 23, including 15 singles, five doubles and three triples. Her 34 total bases were most among Central players. Diersen was also in the top five in runs, at 14, and stole three bases.


Larson, a senior, was the main pitcher for the Warriors, starting 14 of 21 games and finishing with a 6-10 record. She totaled 92 and one-third innings pitched, 1,486 pitches thrown and faced 468 batters. In all, Larson gave up 96 hits, 33 walks and 61 earned runs. She struck out 120 opposing batters, holding them to a subpar .205 average in the process. Larson ended the season with a 4.62 ERA, which was almost two runs batter than last season. 


As a hitter, Larson recorded 16 hits, including 13 singles and three doubles, while driving in seven runs and compiling a .258 batting average.


Scherf led the Warriors with a .404 batting average over 20 games and had the highest on-base percentage at .478. The sophomore outfielder finished tied for the team lead in hits, with 23, including six doubles and Central’s only homerun of the season. She put up 15 runs and was tied for second in RBIs, with 13. Scherf also ended the season with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.


Sylvester, a freshman shortstop and utility player, started all 21 games and led Central with 20 runs scored. Her 16 hits were fourth most, and she drew a team leading 10 walks. She drove in seven runs and finished with a .258 batting average. However, it was on the base paths where Sylvester made the biggest impact, completing all 14 attempts.


Wiley was a key clubhouse leader who started all 21 games, finishing second in both runs scored and hits, with 17 and 20, respectively. She added six RBIs and ended the season with a .274 batting average. Wiley also stole six bases and earned an .823 fielding percentage at third base.

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