Dries stands out for Cedar Grove-Belgium

Despite Rockets going winless, Big East coaches notice performance of senior pitcher and power hitter
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Cedar Grove-Belgium High School had  a young softball team with a wealth of inexperience this season, and its record showed as much.

The Rockets finished 0-9 in the Big East Conference and 0-16 on the season.

The vast majority of those losses came by double digits, many cut short by the 10-run, five-inning mercy rule.

But there was one player who distinguished herself for the third straight season.

Senior Maria Dries made the Big East first team for the second straight season.

She handled most of the pitching duties this season after playing first base last year. She didn’t record a victory since there wasn’t much help around her, but she did major damage at the plate.

Dries hit .406 on the season with five home runs and 11 RBI.

“I’m pretty sure she led the whole conference in home runs,” coach Scott Soerens said.

Her power was such that opponents went out of their way to not let her beat them.

“She had five intentional walks, which actually says a lot about her,” Soerens said.

Dries’ on-base percentage was .511. She had 15 hits, scored 15 runs, was walked six times and was hit by a pitch twice.

She only struck out twice in 37 at-bats.

This comes one season after she hit .510 with five home runs.

Dries received honorable mention honors two years ago playing left field. She hit .307 and had two home runs.

Beyond the numbers, Dries filled a hole the Rockets needed this season. They only had three seniors.

“She brought a lot of leadership,” Soerens said.

“She was setting a good example as far as her work ethic. It’s very important for the younger players to see what it takes to be there.”

For Soerens, Dries was a joy to coach.

“It was fun having her for four years,” he said.

The Rockets nearly pulled off their first victory of the season in the playoffs, losing, 8-5, to rival Oostburg. That tied for the Rockets’ closest game of the season; they lost to Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah earlier in the year, 5-2.

Mishicot dominated the conference, going 9-0. Random Lake, Reedsville and Howards Grove tied for second at 6-3.

Mishicot went undefeated on the entire season until it lost, 13-4, to Horicon in the Division 4 title game.

Ozaukee wasn’t in the voting for the all-conference teams. It scheduled a few varsity games as it looks to build its program.

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