Dries represents Rockets softball

First baseman is lone player on all-Big East team
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Maria Dries is an embodiment of the cliche, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

The Cedar Grove-Belgium High School softball first baseman did just that this season, making the Big East Conference first team.

Dries was the only Rocket selected.

“She led us in every offensive category except for stolen bases,” coach Scott Soerens said.

Dries hit .480 in conference with three home runs, a triple and three doubles.

All of that came in about 25 at-bats.

“That’s a pretty good power percentage,” Soerens said.

For the season, she hit .510 with five homers, two triples and four doubles from her third spot in the lineup.

“It was nice because the people that got on in front of her she was able to get in,” Soerens said.

“It helped keep us in a lot of games.”

Her defensive skills matched her deadly offense.

“She played a very good first base. She’s taller and she moves well. It worked well for getting a few extra outs that maybe wouldn’t have been,” Soerens said.

Dries was not a vocal leader, instead letting her play do the talking.

“She’s kind of one of those that just puts her head down and plays. She’s pretty focused,” Soerens said.

Dries’ skill may be even more vital next season since the Rockets lose six seniors to graduation. Soerens said he is happy to have her back.

The Rockets finished 3-7 in the Big East and 6-11 on the season. They won their first playoff game but lost in the second round.

Random Lake, which tied for the conference title with Mishicot, had three first-team selections, including unanimous Player of the Year Cathryn Hiller.

Mishicot and Manitowoc Lutheran each had two players make the first team.

Mishicot led with six overall selections on the first and second teams and honorable mention status.

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