By ROSS EBERHART
Some of the faces had changed, but the Calamus-Wheatland softball team kept piling up hits this summer.
Despite graduating three of its top five leaders in hits, the Warriors again ranked among Class 1A’s top teams in the category, finishing fifth with 346.
It was part of another strong season at the plate for Cal-Wheat, which also ranked fifth in 1A in doubles, while finishing in the top 10 in the class in both runs and RBIs.
A trio of Warriors were honored for their part in Cal-Wheat’s big offensive season.
Two, sophomore Alison Boeckmann and senior Grace Elvert, were named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association 1A Northeast All-District team, and all three were named to the recently announced All-Tri-Rivers Conference team.
Boeckmann was a utility pick on the Tri-Rivers first team, while Elvert was one of five outfielders picked to the second team and junior Kaylie Wilhelm was an honorable mention selection.
Boeckmann was one of 24 players in all of Class 1A to drive in at least 40 runs, as the sophomore led Cal-Wheat with 41 RBIs.
The Warrior finished second on the team with 49 hits — and a .412 batting average — with 12 doubles, one triple and one home run.
Boeckmann scored 30 runs for good measure, and gave the Warriors a lift on the mound as well, winning seven games and striking out 30 batters.
Elvert, meanwhile, was a hit machine for Cal-Wheat, batting a team-best .455 and piling up 60 hits this summer — the second-most in program history (Karlee Rock had 63 in 2010).
Along with patience at the plate (16 walks), the senior showed off her power, too, leading the team with both 15 doubles and six triples, while also slugging a home run.
Elvert had 39 RBIs and — sparked by 17 stolen bases — scored a team-high 40 runs.
Wilhelm was one of four different Warriors to collect at least 40 hits this season, finishing right at 40.
Splitting her time between shortstop and first base, Wilhelm batted .339 with six doubles and a triple, helping her drive in 26 runs.
Showing a keen eye at the plate, the junior tied for second on the team with 22 walks.
On the base paths, Wilhelm got herself into scoring position with 15 stolen bases, which led to her scoring 30 runs — good for third on the team.