Lake County Fastpitch players Mallory Klotz and Katie Lang both earned 1st team All-District honors for their play at New Berlin West and Eisenhower this past Spring. In addition, both players earned state recognition as well. Klotz eared 3rd Team All-State honors and Lang earned honorable mention All-State.
Klotz, who is a fast lefty slapper who hits for both average and power, was a starting middle infielder for the Freedom this summer before a thumb injury sidelined her in the 2nd tournament of the season. Klotz was leading the team in average, on base and slugging percentage at the time she got hurt sliding into third while stealing a base.
Lang, who is currently a member of the 18U Lake County Liberty, also played for the Freedom last year where she was the teams # 1 pitcher and won the coveted Lion Heart award.
The award is given to a player who exemplifies Lake County’s motto of “Always Hustle and Never Quit”. Lang did that time and time again for the Freedom last season by always wanting the ball and being willing to do whatever it took to get the job done for her team.
Here’s a closer look at the accomplishments of these fine young players.
Klotz was a first-team All-District (Southeast) and a third-team All-State selection. She was also a unanimous All-Woodland Conference choice (combined) in 2012 in the infield and an all-Woodland Conference Blue Division infield selection. She broke nine school single-season records, many of which were her own from last year. She already holds six school career records.
A left-handed lead-off hitter, Klotz used her speed to slap, bunt and steal bases. She had a .656 on base percentage, while batting .544 and slugging .824. She had 12 extra base hits (seven doubles, three triples, two homers) with 36 runs scored and 24 RBIs and she stole 33-of-34 bases. In the field, she had a .914 fielding percentage with only six errors in 70 chances, 34 putouts and 30 assists.
Klotz takes pride in being at the top of the order.
“I go up there as the lead-off hitter and it’s my job to show the team we can hit this pitcher,” Klotz said. “I try and make something happen. I try to be smart, work the count and get into the pitcher’s head.”
Lang was actually at a disadvantage with her stats because her Lions team played 14 five-inning games thereby reducing her chances to develop more numbers.
The talented Lang was a first-team All-District (Southeast) and an honorable mention All-State and a 2011-12 All-Woodland Conference selection and was also an all-Woodland Conference Black Division first team choice for the second year in a row.
Lang, who played left field when she didn’t pitch, batted .470 with a .569 OBP and a .663 slugging mark. She scored 48 runs, had 12 extra base hits (10 doubles, two homers) and 28 RBIs. She had a 1.000 fielding percentage, on 55 total chances with 32 putouts and 23 assists.
In 15 games, she was 9-2 with two saves and a 1.53 ERA. She worked 64 innings, allowing 40 hits, 18 walks and 91 strikeouts. She averaged 4.4 hits per seven innings pitched, 1.9 walks per seven innings and 9.9 strikes per seven innings. She has a 20-3 with a 1.50 ERA career record.
She led the team in strikeouts, runs scored, doubles, stolen bases and walks.
High honorable mention
Ike’s Jeff Setz
West’s Corey Scheel, Greg Klotz