By Brad Bournival
COLUMBUS — When you lead Medina County in strikeouts for the second year in a row and are No. 1 in wins and WHIP, it’s hard not to notice.
That resume alone garnered Black River’s Dagmar Smith first-team All-Ohio honors in Division III softball. Smith joined second-team Division I selection Kelly Snodgrass of Wadsworth on the elite squad.
“She set the tone,” Pirates coach Merle Simmons said. “Knowing that you have to go out and only score two or three runs to win a game made things easy. I don’t know how often a sophomore gets to be All-Ohio. She was well thought of at the meeting.”
Smith bucked the trend this season and excelled even though the pitching circle was moved back three feet.
Her 245 strikeouts lapped the field in the county, as Buckeye’s Tori Hauser was second with 117. Her 18 wins were six victories better than Wadsworth’s Sam Weaver, and she showed pinpoint control with a 0.725 WHIP and 7.42 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The latter was second to Weaver this season.
“From what I have seen, I would put her in the top three pitchers in the state,” Simmons said. “It’s just the control she had, to be able to throw any pitch on any count. She had total command of everything she did this year.”
Snodgrass was honored for her play in the field and at-bat. A center fielder in 2010, she was moved to right field in anticipation of a lot of action with Weaver and Gazette MVP Alli Beery in the circle.
While Snodgrass was strong at the plate — she was fourth in the county in runs (26) and triples (3), fifth in at-bats, sixth in walks (12) and seventh in hits (34) while batting .374 — the All-Gazette selection was vital in the field.
“We knew we were going to have an active right fielder and boy, she did everything we asked of her,” Grizzlies coach Mike Schmeltzer said. “I can’t say enough about her defense. Over the last two years, she has been as steady as they come.”
Area conferences didn’t go unnoticed, as Elyria’s Kristen Boros (Northeast Ohio Conference) and Copley’s Mackenzie Wallace (Suburban League) were named to the first team in D-I, while Keystone’s Erin Pond and Kenzie Conrad (Patriot Athletic Conference) were first-team selections in D-II.
Elyria’s Cynthia Woodard and Keystone’s Alisha Silva were second-team picks, and the Pioneers’ Alanna Williams, Revere’s Minnie Wright and Clearview’s Nikki Kent picked up honorable mention status.
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