Sophomores Kylee Gnabasik and Olivia Krieser each earned first-team all-Capitol North for their efforts with the Lakeside Lutheran Warriors in 2019.
Gnabasik was the primary pitcher for the Warriors, but her total contributions offensively helped earn her claim one of the spots as a top-12 player in the conference.
“She was a solid pitcher for a third-place team, yet a third-place team that had tight games with the second-place team,” Lakeside coach Matt Doering said. “She does what she needs to do to keep her team in games and win games. Then offensively, she had some really good games and a monster game against Columbus.”
Krieser was a steady force for the Warriors at the plate to earn her spot as a first-teamer. Krieser hit for a .457 average in conference, scored 14 times and hit seven doubles.
“She hit the ball hard all year and was consistent against everyone, it wasn’t just a few teams,” Doering said. “I think that was the biggest reason for her recognition.”
Juniors Ryann Burger and Grace Thomas each earned second-team recognition.
Burger hit for a .364 average and and led the team with 18 RBIs in conference. She hit seven doubles and two home runs.
“Ryann Burger had a monster year for us,” Doering said. “She really hit the ball hard and I think that was the recognition for her. She had two home runs and seven doubles. ...
“She had 18 RBIs on 12 hits, so that shows that she was clutch with her hits.”
Thomas put together a solid season as well with a .441 average, though she only had two extra-base hits and six RBIs. Thomas scored 10 times and only struck out twice.
“Grace is kind of quiet and unassuming and she did a lot of solid things,” Doering said. “She played a solid second base for us and did a good job putting together good at-bats. I thought she was solid for us and was really happy that the other coaches recognized her role for us.”
Having four underclassmen earn all-conference should bode well for the Warriors moving forward in a league with perennial power Poynette and the emerging force across the street in Lake Mills.
“We’re going to miss our seniors, they played key roles for us this year. It’s nice to have a good core coming back,” Doering said. “We had a solid year. All of our losses were to quality teams. It’s a state champion in Poynette, Lake Mills is a solid team … I feel like we had some tough losses, but they were to solid opponents. It was a good reflection on the effort the kids put in throughout the season.”