Although the softball season concluded two weeks ago, postseason honors are still coming.
The Iowa Girls Coaches Association selected six area players to its all-state teams.
In Class 3A, Estherville Lincoln Central's Kendall Bosch and Emily Kirchner both earned first team honors.
Junior shortstop Emily Kirchner was one of two Estherville Lincoln Central players named to the IGCA First Team All-State Softball Team this season.
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Spirit Lake's Paige Krause also made the first team list.
In Class 2A, three North Union players earned first team honors-Allie Ingalls, Cheyanne Boland and Collete Haag.
ELC's honorees helped lead the Midgets to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament this year.
In 24 starts plus two other appearances, Bosch compiled a 19-6 record with one save in her senior season.
In 161 2/3 innings she struck out 196 of the 627 opponents she faced. She walked nine and hit five batters.
Of the 38 runs allowed, only 15 were earned as she finished with a 0.65 earned run average. Opponents recorded 106 hits as they batted .169 against the senior ace.
As ELC's clean-up batter, Bosch's accomplishments continued at the plate where she batted .459 with an on-base percentage of .500.
In 111 at bats, she had 51 hits, which include 10 doubles, three triples, a home run and a team-high 49 RBIs. She also scored 37 runs. She struck out six times.
"Kendall has really sharpened her game in every aspect," said ELC coach Megan Anderson. "Defensively, she was tough on the mound. She's very deserving of this honor and at state she really showed it."
Defensively, she was charged with two errors in 76 chances to field the ball.
Kirchner's stats at the plate are staggering. The junior shortstop batted .566 with an on-base percentage of 639.
In 99 plate appearances, she had 56 hits including nine doubles, five triples, six home runs and 36 RBIS. She drew 19 walks and struck out three times.
She also had 23 stolen bases in 26 attempts and scored 54 times.
The best thing about the junior is that she returns for her senior season.
At shortstop, she had nine errors in 139 chances, a fielding percentage of .935. She had 17 assists and 113 put-outs.
"Defensively Emily gets a lot of balls hit to her and she cane make any play," said Anderson. "Her hitting was exception. She's a leader on the team and I look forward to having her back next year."
After an 18-game winning streak to start the 2012 season, North Union's bid for a second straight appearance at the state tournament came to an abrupt end against Lake Mills.
But that doesn't detract from the team and individual accomplishments this season as the Warriors finished with a 30-5 record.
The best thing about the team's three award winners is that they're all juniors
Ingalls, selected as an all-state pitcher, posted a 19-2 in 21 starts with one save. She pitched 124 innings. Of the 36 runs she allowed, 22 were earned as she finished the year with a 1.24 earned run average. She faced 460 batters and gave up 124 hits as opponents batted .161 against her. She recorded 139 strikeouts with 21 walks and five hit batters.
The pitching ace's batting stats also were impressive as she batted .441 with an on-base percentage of .480. In 118 at-bats, she had 52 hits including 13 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 29 RBIs. She scored 46 times.
In the field, where she also played shortstop at times, she had three errors in seven chances with 35 assists and 39 put-outs.
Boland played all 35 games behind the plate. At the plate, she batted .4444 with an on-base percentage of .538. In 108 at-bats, she had 48 hits including 10 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 42 BIS. She drew 20 walks and struck out six times. She also scored 47 times with 10 stolen bases in 10 attempts.
Haag, an all-state infielder selection, batted .424 this season with an on-base percentage of .546. In 103 at-bats, she had 54 hits including 13 doubles, two triples eight home runs and 41 RBIs.
Krause had a solid season for Spirit Lake. A threat to hit the long ball, she had 13 home runs on the season. She batted .425 with 51 hits, which also included 12 doubles and three triples. She drew 11 walks and scored 54 runs.
Playing shortstop and first base, Krause committed 17 errors in 167 chances for a .898 fielding percentage. She had 62 assists and 88 put-outs.