R-P places two on TRC all-conference softball team

Chad Smith

The Rushford-Peterson Trojans had two players among the Three Rivers Conference All-Conference Awards. Junior first baseman Karissa Eide was named to the Three Rivers All-Conference team while senior pitcher Peyton Hoiness was chosen to the Honorable Mention squad.

First team: Karissa Eide

The Trojan senior was equally valuable at the plate and in the field. In conference action, Eide hit .317 with three RBI and scored eight runs. For the entire season, she finished at .288 with three doubles, one triple, drove in five runs, and scored 15 runs. Eide’s most productive game came in a road matchup at Fillmore Central/Lanesboro on April 28, where she went three for four with two singles and a double while scoring twice.

R-P coach Jeremy Tesch said Eide was the Trojans lead-off hitter and did a tremendous job all year long. “We knew every time she hit it was going to be a quality at-bat,” he said. “She has a knack for putting her bat on the ball and hitting it hard. It’s a lot of fun to watch. She was never rattled in the batter’s box, whether it was a bad strike call or a 0-2 count. She led us in average, on-base percentage and quality at-bats.

“Defensively, she was great at scooping low throws and saved of us a lot of potentially bad situations,” he added.

Honorable Mention: Peyton Hoiness

Hoiness was also valuable both at the plate and in the field. She was the team’s most-used pitcher and played a big part in the games R-P won. As a hitter, Tesch said Hoiness got better and better as the season went along. She finished the season hitting .319 with one double, two RBI, and scored 13 runs.

Hoiness’ best day at the plate was during a doubleheader with Houston on May 9. In the first game, she was four of five with an RBI and scored two runs. Hoiness kept it going in the nightcap, getting two hits in three at-bats and scored two more runs. To say she had a good day was an understatement. The senior was six for eight at the plate (.750), scored four runs, and added one RBI.

As a pitcher, Hoiness was in the circle for all four of the team’s wins. She pitched 83 innings, gave up 110 runs (only 63 earned), walked only 19 batters, and struck out 49.

“Peyton was one of our primary team leaders,” Tesch said. “She always made sure the team knew what needed to be done and how we wanted to do it. From our team standpoint, she was our MVP. 

“Every game we won, she had a major impact from a pitching standpoint. She really got good at hitting spots and changing speeds, keeping the other team off balance. As a hitter, she just got better and better as the season went on.  She worked hard on her swing and really knew the pitch she wanted to hit.”