Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


June 17, 2014

Altamont's Ledbetter takes second-straight NTC MVP

Indians' ace highlights first team

ALTAMONT — Deidre Ledbetter held plenty of team trophies this season, not limited to — but no bigger than — the Class 1A state championship.

But the Altamont star pitcher and Lake Land commit is stacking up individual titles since the season ended, including an encore as the National Trail Conference's most valuable player.

Ledbetter finished this season with a 26-3 record with a 1.11 ERA and 284 strikeouts in the pitchers circle. She finished her season showcasing her skills at the 1A state finals, striking out 15 in a semifinal win over Sciota West Prairie and 10 in the championship clincher against Campbell Hill Trico.

Her 25 strikeouts in two games led all pitchers in any of the four classifications at the state finals. Glenbard North's Cece Dopart came closest to matching Ledbetter, fanning 21.

She posted the second-highest batting average at .476 on the team, leading the Indians with 48 RBIs, 18 doubles and four triples. She only struck out six times in 119 plate appearances, the fewest of any Indians player with more than 30 plate appearances.

Ledbetter heads a 12-player All-NTC team, featuring three of her teammates. Madison Ohnesorge, Lauren Ohnesorge and Lauren White were all honored, while Josie Phillips earned an honorable mention.

Lauren Ohnesorge joined Ledbetter as the Indians' only repeat first team honorees. Madison Ohnesorge earned a first-team bid after being an honorable mention last season and Josie Phillips the opposite.

Madison Ohnesorge led the Indians in batting average this season, while her sister, Lauren, led the team with five home runs. Lauren White and Josie Phillips both hit better than .400 this season. White homered twice in the state finals, including the blast that won the championship.

Altamont led all NTC schools with five nominations. Stew-Stras/Windsor and St. Anthony got four apiece.

The Comets, who finished tied for second in the NTC regular season and lost to Altamont in the NTC championship game, put Kendall Knop, Becca Schlechte and Kennedy Ferris on the All-NTC first team.

Knop was a repeat nomination from last season, while Ferris and Schlechte, a freshman, made their first appearances. Senior Lindsay Burton, a first-team selection last year, earned an honorable mention.

St. Anthony landed Hunter Niebrugge and Makayla Walsh on the All-NTC first team, while Kate Richards and Jenna Woltman earned honorable mentions. The first-team honor was Walsh's second in a row.

St. Elmo/Brownstown's Morgan Brown, Dieterich's Sidney Higgs and Neoga's Casi Blazich rounded out the list of players who earned first-team nominations.

Higgs was Dieterich's only honoree.

Brown's teammates Danie Austin and Darby Moss earned honorable mentions for St. Elmo/Brownstown, which tied for second-place in the regular season.

Neoga's Amber Potter and Kristen Albin landed honorable mentions.

Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick's Kacie Hilt and Kirby Herrmann and South Central's Abby King also earned honorable mentions by the NTC.

First team

Deidre Ledbetter, Altamont (MVP)

Kendall Knop, Stew-Stras/Windsor

Hunter Niebrugge, St. Anthony

Makayla Walsh, St. Anthony

Lauren Ohnesorge, Altamont

Madison Ohnesorge, Altamont

Morgan Brown, St. Elmo/Brownstown

Becca Schlechte, Stew-Stras/Windsor

Lauren White, Altamont

Sydney Higgs, Dieterich

Casi Blazich, Neoga

Kennedy Ferris, Stew-Stras/Windsor

Honorable mention

Josie Phillips, Altamont

Kirby Herrmann, BCCH

Kacie Hilt, BCCH

Kristen Albin, Neoga

Amber Potter, Neoga

Kate Richards, St. Anthony

Jenna Woltman, St. Anthony

Danie Austin, St. Elmo/Brownstown

Darby Moss, St. Elmo/Brownstown

Lindsay Burton, Stew-Stras/Windsor

Abby King, South Central

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

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