Marquette, Gladstone, Escanaba athletes receive honors

MARQUETTE — More awards are coming out for the spring sports season. Marquette and Gladstone have a few baseball and softball players who were recognized with All–District, All–Regional and even All–State awards.

For the Braves, a great year wrapped up last week as they fell to Buchanan in the state semi–finals. But one of the heroes was honored for his great play as outfielder Hunter Garling was named to the division three all–state second team. Garling hit a walkoff homerun for Gladstone that sent them to East Lansing. Head coach Dan Lauscher was honored as well, being named a division 3 regional coach of the year. The biggest honor though went to a softball player as shortstop Lexi Hongisto was named to the division three all–state first team.

Let’s stay with softball and the Marquette Redettes received All–District and All–Regional accolades. First baseman Courtney Finkbeiner, outfielder Amanda Gray, designated player Autumn Isip, pitcher Chelsea Wiggins and shortstop Hannah Bulinski all made the division one all–district team. Wiggins and Bulinski were also named to the all–region team.

Members of the Escanaba softball team were also recognized with all–region honors in division two. Shortstop Callie Heller, pitcher Jaymie Frappier and catcher Becca Piron made the list for the Lady Eskymos. It was the second straight selection for Heller and Frappier and the first for Piron, who will play in the state all–star softball game next month.