The scoreboard operator could count on a workout when the Northeast softball team took to the diamond this summer.
The Rebels ranked in the top 10 in Class 2A in every major offensive category — including runs, hits, and RBIs — and finished third in the class with a team batting average of .386.
Northeast’s most impressive number might be the smallest one — 0 — of all the team’s impressive offensive production, zero came from seniors.
Yes, everybody is due back for the Rebels next summer, including six recent all-district and all-conference honorees.
A pair of Northeast sluggers, Neveah Hildebrandt and Bree Mangelsen, were picked to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association 2A Southeast All-District team.
Hildebrandt was also one of 17 players across the River Valley Conference’s two divisions to land on the River Valley Elite team.
Mangelsen, meanwhile, joined three of her teammates — Alexis Ehlers, Makenna McDonald and Claire Abbott — on the All-River Valley North team, while a sixth Rebel, sophomore Valerie Spooner, was an honorable mention selection.
Hildebrandt finished third in Class 2A with 65 hits — her .533 batting average was seventh-best in the class — and had plenty of pop in her bat, slugging 10 doubles, seven triples and seven home runs.
Constantly on base, Hildebrandt stole 22 bases and was among the class leaders with 52 runs scored, while driving in 36 more for good measure.
In center field, Hildebrandt led Northeast outfielders with 39 defensive put-outs, while throwing out four runners.
Back for her fourth season behind the plate after leading the team in RBIs the year before, Mangelsen again had no problem driving in her teammates.
In fact, the junior added 14 RBIs to her team-leading total a season ago, finishing ninth in Class 2A with 46.
Mangelsen had 48 hits — she batted .449 — and more than half of them went for extra bases, as she led the team with 18 doubles and eight home runs (the junior scored 27 runs as well).
Behind the plate, Mangelsen tied for 12th in the class by throwing out 10 potential base stealers.
One of Mangelsen’s battery-mates was Ehlers, who won a team-high 11 games on the mound.
The sophomore posted a 4.30 ERA and struck out a career-high 77 batters.
Ehlers added 32 hits at the plate with five doubles and two home runs.
Speedy on the base paths, the Rebel led the team with 23 stolen bases, which helped her rank second on the team with 36 runs scored (Ehlers drove in 16 runs as well).
McDonald was one of four Rebels to bat over .400 this season, as the junior posted a .406 mark with 43 hits.
Ten of those hits were doubles — tied for third on the team — and McDonald belted two home runs.
The big hits helped the left fielder drive in 26 runs and McDonald matched the RBIs with 26 runs scored.
Abbott scored 25 runs of her own. The junior hit .340 with 34 hits, including four doubles and a triple, and 24 RBIs.
The first baseman showed patience at the plate, too, with 12 walks, while her 192 defensive put-outs led the team.
Spooner split her time between third base and shortstop and added more than 60 points to her batting average from the year before, finishing with a .367 mark.
That included 36 hits, including three doubles and two triples. The sophomore finished third on the team with 31 RBIs and scored 21 more.