Iola’s Taylor, four Lady Cubs receive state softball honors

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Iola High’s Kylie Taylor

Iola High’s Kylie Taylor was named to the 2009 Kansas Class 4A All-State Softball Second Team this week. The Kansas Softball Coaches Association released its 2009 all-state selections for each classification.
Humboldt High’s Lady Cubs, who finished second at the 2009 Kansas Class 2-1A State Softball Tournament in May, landed four on the 2009 Kansas Class 2-1A All-State Softball Frist Team. Seniors Lenzie Boring, Megan Dillow, Kelci Owens and Callie Umholtz finished up their Humboldt High careers as all-staters.
Taylor, who has been the Fillies’ starting catcher the past two years, is the first Iola High softball player to receive state honors.
The two-time All-Southeast Kansas League catcher is considered one of the best in the area at her postion with the ability to throw runners out at all three bases. Taylor drove in 16 runs, second on the team, and had two home runs. She hit .364 with 20 hits and 12 runs scored.
Taylor helped guide the IHS Fillies to their first 4A regional championship and first appearance at the Class 4A state softball tournament in May. The Fillies posted a program best 18-4 record, finishing second at 14-2 in the Southeast Kansas League.
Humboldt High’s girls only had one loss during the regular season. The Lady Cubs finished at 22-2 and a second-place state tournament trophy.
Boring was 16-2 on the mound for the Lady Cubs. She had three no-hitters and seven shutout victories during the 2009 season.
Boring, who was a second-team all-Class 2-1A pitcher as a junior, struck out 166 of 458 batters she faced this season. She only issued 12 walks and allowed 80 hits and 29 runs in 114 innings pitched.
Boring also was one of the leading hitters on the Humboldt team. She hit at a .586 clip with nine doubles, seven triples and one home run.
Pulling the duty behind the plate in all but the three games she pitched was Dillow. Dillow earned her second straight All-Class 2-1A first-team honor in 2009.
Dillow hit .654 with 53 hits. She had two home runs, four doubles and six triples. She also led the team in stolen bases with 45.

Humboldt High’s Lenzie Boring, (left to right), Kelci Owens, Megan Dillow and Callie Umholtz

As a pitcher, Dillow was 3-0 with two no-hitters. She struck out 17, walked three and gave up six hits and two runs in 13 innings pitched.
Owens is Humboldt’s all-state second baseman. She was second on the team in stolen bases with 32. She hit .580 with seven doubles an three triples.
Umholtz, who earned second-team state honors as a junior, is the All-Class 2-1A shortstop. Umholtz had a .493 batting average with seven doubles, three triples and a home run.
All four also were first-team Tri-Valley League selections. The Lady Cubs were TVL champions.
Taylor and the Humboldt foursome will be teammates at Allen County Community College this next year.