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Hasselbach adds one more title



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Taylor Hasselbach scoops up the ball during the Lady Wolves district game against Hartland. Photo by Wendi Reardon. (click for larger version)
June 23, 2010 - Just call Taylor Hasselbach Miss Softball because she was selected from players throughout Michigan for the award.

"I was really happy," she said, hearing the news on Saturday. "I feel excited all of my hard work in high school paid off."

The Clarkston High School 2010 graduate was named Miss Softball by Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association.

"It's well-deserved," said Don Peters, head coach for Clarkston Varsity Girls Softball. "She is one of the best softball players I have seen in the last four years."

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Hasselbach played short stop and third base for the Lady Wolves. But she is mostly known for tearing up the diamond as the leading hitter throughout the season.

During her high school career she maintained a .569 batting average and had 241 hits which included 58 doubles, 23 triples and 35 homeruns. She also accumulated 206 RBIs throughout her four years on the varsity team. She had a .950 fielding average.

Other honors include All-State during her last three years, and All-County and All-League every season during her four years at Clarkton High School.

"My dedication, help from my teammates and coaches helped a lot," she admitted.

She will join other seniors All-State players in the MHSSCA's All-Star game on July 21 in Lansing.

Hasselbach plays travel softball during the summer. She leaves for University of Michigan in August, where she has accepted a scholarship to play.

Each of the four softball divisions nominates one senior player as a Position player and a Pitcher for Miss Softball. The nominations go to the Miss Softball Committee.

Hasselbach represented Division 1 and the three divisions were represented by Mount Pleasant, Allen Park and Petersburg Summerfield. The winner for Pitcher was Chelsea Sundberg from Olivet.

Her parents are Lisa and Todd.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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