A tall, slender frame leads observers to question why Maddie Hooyman plays shortstop. The Trenton senior refuses to see that asset as a negative.
“I’m a little tall,” she joked. “I work hard. I try my best always, and my long legs kind of get me places fast so it helps sometimes.”
The 2012 News-Press softball player of the year’s abilities can’t be questioned.
Committed to Division I Drake since last season, Hooyman signed with the Bulldogs this fall and will take her unique skillset to the sport’s biggest collegiate stage next year. Trenton went 84-15 in Hooyman’s four-year tenure as a starter, including three state playoff appearances.
The Bulldogs went to the Class 3 quarterfinals this season and finished 24-4 after jumping up from Class 2.
“When we first heard, we were scared to death about going to Class 3, but we played like we always did,” Hooyman said.
Hooyman might have played even a bit better. Her statistical contributions increased for the third straight year, and her fleet-footed style made her an anchor in the leadoff spot. Hooyman hit .475 with a .505 on-base percentage, 47 hits, 37 runs and 30 steals.
2012 All News-Press softball teams
P – Scotlin Hurley, sr., Trenton
C – Sophie Gentry, jr., Bishop LeBlond
C – Lexi Herbert, jr., King City
C – Taylor Hamilton, so., Cameron
IF – Elsie Greenwood, sr., Hamilton
IF – Torri Blythe, sr., Maysville
IF – Maddie Hooyman*, sr., Trenton
IF – Baylee Scarbrough, sr., Maryville
OF – Justice Vannaman, sr., Benton
OF – Carmella Sportsman, sr., Smithville
OF – Audrey Glenski, so., Bishop LeBlond
P – Bridgette Bryson, sr., King City
P – Ashley Wills, so., Cameron
C – Jill Henry, sr., Jefferson
C – Anna Logsdon, sr., Mid-Buchanan
IF – Jessica Heese, jr., North Platte
IF – Ashley Wilcoxson, sr., Central
IF – Kenzie Musser, sr., Benton
IF – Sam Baldwin, so., Chillicothe
OF – Courtney Nichols, sr., Stewar
OF – Regan Nash, so., North Platte
OF – Stephanie Luke, sr., Stanberry
* denotes player of the year