The 2015 Eastview Softball Team defeated Buffalo (7-1), Maple Grove (1-0) and Anoka (2-1) to become State Champions for the second time in school history!
In addition to this team’s on field accomplishments this team also achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.92. We have (2) young ladies (Kara Sjostrom & Julia Luciano) who were recognized-honored as Eastview High Schools Valedictorians for 2015. We also had (5) seniors named to the Academic All State Team (Julia Luciano, Kara Sjostrom, Stephanie Eilts, Kerrigan Hoshaw & Melissa Barry). I believe our teams on field success is a result of their commitment to excellence in everything that they do.
Playing in the most difficult conference and Section in the State makes just reaching the state tournament a remarkable accomplishment. We shared the south suburban conference championship with Rosemount High School with an 11-3 conference record. Our (3) losses were all by (1) run. We went on to defeat Rosemount in the Section championship game by a score of 1 to 0.
At the State tournament the preparation from conference and section play really showed when our team played against the State’s best Class 3A schools. In game 2 vs. Maple Grove (who have played in the Class 3A State tournament the past 4 years) Kerrigan Hoshaw pitched a shutout against Maple Grove’s Sydney Smith (who will be attending LSU on a softball scholarship next year). Junior Sam Gall drove in Junior Hailey Monroe for the only and winning run of the game.
The Championship game (vs. Anoka HS) was something that these girls will remember the rest of their lives along with the journey they took in getting to this moment. We found ourselves behind 1 to 0 after Taylor Chell (who will be attending the U next year on a softball scholarship) hit a towering HR to left field in the top of the 4th inning.
In the bottom of the 6th inning we would match Anoka HS after Hailey Monroe’s base hit to left field that would score Junior Sydney Dose.
In the bottom of the 7th inning Senior Julia Luciano drove a ball to the fence to score Senior Courtney Wissbaum to give Eastview High School their 2nd Softball State Championship (their first since 2003).
Senior Kerrigan Hoshaw, Freshman Abby Lien and Junior Sam Gall were all named to the All tournament State Tournament team.
Our tournament team and South Suburban Conference Champions – Section 3AAA Champions & Class AAA State Champions with a (24-3 record) are;
Junior Sam Gall, Senior Kara Sjostrom, Senior Courtney Wissbaum, Senior Stephanie Eilts, Sophomore Brittni Tonnessen, Freshmen Abby Lien, Junior Sydney Dose, freshmen Grace Gall, Senior Julia Luciano, Junior Hailey Monroe, Sophomore Marki Sawyer, Senior Melissa Barry, Freshman Jessi Decovich, Freshmen Corinne Roe, Senior Kerrigan Hoshaw & Junior Jamie Reynolds. Student Manager is Senior Danny Wagner.
Head Coach is Trevor Monroe and assistant coaches are Danielle Johnson, Nicole Newton and Scott Oxley.
Season Highlights – 2015 (some are in NO particular order)
- Started the season off 4-3 (then went on to win 20 consecutive games – setting a new EV softball school record for most consecutive wins).
- Made a Spring Trip down to Arizona with (12) girls and had an amazing time!!
- Also, started the season not ranked in the MSHSL coaches polls. FYI- I never paid much attention to rankings……
- Tied a school record for most wins in a season (24).
- Set a school record for best record (24-3)…previous best was (24-4 in 2003). – (1) less loss.
- If it isn’t a school record (for our softball program)….it’s gotta be close (team GPA 3.92 including 2 Valedictorians).
- We won our GREAT 8 Tournament – defeating Top ranked Bloomington Jefferson (I believe they were 12-0 at the time).
- Defeated Shakopee (on our home field) in extra innings to capture at least a share of the South Suburban Conference Championship – tied with Rosemount.
- Went into Section play still with the thought that we hadn’t beaten Rosemount in over (2) years. Then defeated them 4-1 and again 1-0 in the Section Championship game.
- Our (3) losses were by a total of (3 runs) – to Prior Lake, Shakopee & Rosemount (lost each of those games by (1) run.
- If we looked into many other TEAM records (after they moved the pitching rubber back to 43 feet), there would be many other records set since the pitcher threw at 40 feet.
- Our TEAM motto was “BECOME ONE”…..we won our conference, our section and the State Championship…..after it was all over, our girls got on the bus (said hello to Dave – the bus driver) and shared smiles, laughter, a few tears as well – and BECAME ONE!!!
- We are South Suburban Conference Champions 2015 (first time since 2005)
- We are Section 3A Champions (first time since 2003)
- We are Class 3A State Champions (2nd time in school history!) This year…..we were the BEST!
- These girls will share this experience….these moments…… for the rest of their lives (no one can take away what they’ve accomplished together)…..parents – you’ll do the same. Because you are a big reason why they play the game of softball.