MADISON TOWNSHIP — Madison coach Tim Niswander calls her a generational talent and the rest of the Ohio Cardinal Conference softball coaches agree.
Leah Boggs is that type of player.
The two-time Richland Source Player of the Year, Boggs set Madison’s career home run record this spring as a junior while batting .461 with 28 runs batted in and 26 runs scored. The catcher was selected to the All-Ohio first team in Division II for the second straight year and was the Ohio Cardinal Conference Player of the Year.
“She’s obviously a great player,” Niswander said earlier this year. “In addition to everything she does for us offensively, she is every bit as valuable behind the plate. She throws out runners by 20 feet.”
Boggs, who is headed to the University of Virginia, is the backstop on a star-studded 10-player All-Richland Source team. The unit includes three other All-Ohioans.
Clear Fork senior Haylie Miller earned a spot on the All-Ohio second team in Division III. The catcher and infielder batted .417 with four home runs and 21 runs batted in. She helped the Colts earn a share of the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference championship and was an All-MOAC first team pick.
Galion center fielder Gabby Kaple was an All-Ohio honorable mention selection in Division III, helping the Tigers reach the regional championship game before falling to eventual state runner-up Cardington. The senior batted .438 with two home runs, 27 runs batted in and 34 runs scored.
Hillsdale’s Emily Crossen was an All-Ohio honorable mention selection in Division IV. The senior third baseman helped the Falcons return to the Division IV Final Four this spring after winning the state championship a year ago. Crossen was a Wayne County Athletic League first team pick.
Galion’s Kate Schieber had a sensational junior season. The slugging third baseman belted nine home runs while batting .593 with 46 runs batted in, helping the Tigers reach the Division III regional championship game. She was a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference first team pick.
Leadoff hitter Carson Crowner was Clear Fork’s table-setter. The junior batted .453 with 20 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. She was a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference first team pick.
Another talented Galion junior, Nevaeh Clark batted .516 with seven home runs, 41 RBIs and 40 runs scored. The shortstop was a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference first team pick and helped pilot the Tigers to a second straight district championship in Division III.
Hillsdale shortstop Josie Rowland was one of the most productive leadoff hitters in the area. The sophomore batted .483 and helped Hillsdale reach the Division IV Final Four for a second straight year, earning a spot on the Wayne County Athletic League first team. In three career state tournament games, Rowland is 6-for-11.
Lucas’ Morgan Spitler was selected the Mid-Buckeye Conference Player of the Year after leading the Cubs to the MBC title and a district runner-up finish in Division IV. Spitler batted .450 with three home runs, 36 RBIs and 31 runs scored.
Crestview shortstop Clare Robertson was selected the Firelands Conference Player of the Year after leading the Cougars to their third straight FC crown. The senior batted .450 with five home runs, 36 RBIs and 34 runs scored.