Eureka pitcher Escobar earns B-C all-state softball honors

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Avory Escobar of Eureka has been named to the Class B-C All-State and All-Western Division first team for softball in balloting by league coaches.

Escobar, a sophomore, was the Lions top pitcher this spring. She hit in the No. 3 spot in the batting order all season long and had a batting average of .518.

She led Eureka in home runs with five and in extra-base hits with 17 and was second on the team in RBIs with 32.

Escobar earned second team all-Western Division mention last season as a freshman.

Eureka advanced to state for the second time in school history in 2018. The Lions were 1-2 at state.

State champion Florence-Carlton had the most first team all-state and all-division selections with four.

Missoula Loyola, which finished third, had two first team all-state picks.

Eureka’s Bailey Bishop and Troy’s Kaylee Tunison and Cammi Finley were named to the all-Western Division second team.

Class B-C All-State/All-Western Division

First Team

Kayla Hickethier, Loyola

Brianna Hoffman, Florence-Carlton

Kassidy Kinzie, Plains/Hot Springs

Shannon Byrne, Florence-Carlton

Tomi Brazill, Mission/Arlee/Charlo

Emily Kinneman, Florence-Carlton

Avory Escobar, Eureka

Sydnie Peterson, Anaconda

**Natalie Dulac, Florence-Carlton

First Team All-Western Division

Azia Umphrey, Mission/Arlee/Charlo

Rilee Gray, Deer Lodge

Second Team All-Western Division

**Carly Tipp, Loyola

Bailey Bishop, Eureka

Erin Chapman, Anaconda

Natalie Goodman, Loyola

Kaylee Tunison, Troy

Kelsey Frank, Thompson Falls

Stacy Gray, Plains/Hot Springs

Johannah Forsberg, Anaconda

Cammi Finley, Troy

Ashley Gates, Anaconda

Molly McHugh, Loyola

** Florence-Carlton and Missoula Loyola both earned an extra all-state player for placing first and third at state, respectively.

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