All-Empire small school softball: Cloverdale’s Teanne Edens led with strong arm, booming bat

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Cloverdale High's Teanne Edens (photo by Kent Porter, The Press Democrat)

Cloverdale High’s Teanne Edens (photo by Kent Porter, The Press Democrat)

In a softball season marked by young standout players Teanne Edens was the super sophomore leading Cloverdale to the top of the Empire ranks.

Cloverdale’s anchor on the mound, Edens also was a top run producer who was best in the biggest games, earning All-Empire Small School Softball Player of the Year honors.

“She really matured this year. She did a really good job of getting down and dirty,” said Cloverdale coach Margaret Fitzgerald.

A two-year starter, Edens improved her command to get the win in all 17 of Cloverdale’s victories. She was the Eagles top power hitter with seven extra-base hits and 18 runs batted in on the season.

“I just kept working on my game. I want to help my team any way I can,” Edens said.

Edens is at the front of a wave of talented young softball players in the region. Some two-thirds of this season’s All-Empire selections return next year.

What helped Edens stand out was her play in big games. Cloverdale’s top challenger was Clear Lake and Edens won both contests including belting a pair of home runs in one of the games.

Edens led the Eagles to a North Coast Section playoff win over McKinleyville. And she put Cloverdale in position for a playoff victory over Moreau Catholic before losing the lead late.

“She did a great job of shutting down most teams. She did great in the big games,” Fitzgerald said.

A three sport athlete – Edens also plays volleyball and basketball for Cloverdale — she has a passion for softball evident in both practice and in games.

As a pitcher Edens respects her role in helping set a tone for success.

“I like the trust a team has. You’ve got to learn how to play together,” Edens said. “It’s got to be the whole team. You can’t just rely on one or two players. It has to all come together.”

Cloverdale was strong from the start this season. Opening with eight wins the Eagles also would lose just one NCL I league contest.

Edens’ pitching was a big reason for Cloverdale’s strong play. Striking out 185 batters in 155 innings, she held teams to less than two runs per game.

Edens pitched 20 complete games, including four shutouts.

“She improved her velocity and pitch location,” Fitzgerald said. “She got tougher with people on base or being behind hitters and not letting it get to her.”

A sharper changeup gave Edens a fourth pitch to help keep batters off balance. She also gained greater stamina to finish games through running and fitness drills.

“It helped a lot. I knew I had to come back stronger this year,” Edens said.

Even greater improvement with the bat made Edens more valuable to Cloverdale. After not batting as a freshman, Edens worked hard on the art of hitting on a summer travel team and going into this season.

“She took pride in that and hit better,” Fitzgerald said.

Both Edens and the team gained confidence, dealing with injuries and navigating a tough schedule.

“We had some bumps in the road, but we overcame them and did well,” Edens said.

Cloverdale earned the fourth seed in the NCS Division 4 playoffs. Not advancing even deeper in the playoffs provides motivation for next season.

“That was a tough loss, but it was a good season,” Edens said. “You learn from your mistakes.”

You can reach Staff Writer Michael Coit at 521-5470 or mike.coit@pressdemocrat.com.

ALL-EMPIRE TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR


Teanne Edens, Cloverdale, So.

FIRST TEAM


Rachel Wingler, Clear Lake, So.

Kelcie Reynolds, Clear Lake, Jr.

Alicia Ledesma, Clear Lake, So.

Jazmin Orozco, Cloverdale, Sr.

Jordyn Turner, Cloverdale, So.

Shelbie Harris, Lower Lake, Jr.

Ashley Hart, Middletown, Sr.

Hannah Sarlatte, St. Vincent, Jr.

Ursyla Baumgarten, St. Vincent, Sr.

SECOND TEAM

Hannah Norwood, Clear Lake, Jr.

Emma Diener, Lower Lake, Jr.

Renee Edwards, Middletown, Jr.

Riley Goff, Kelseyville, Fr.

Monica Lemley, Cloverdale, Jr.

Hayley Olson, St. Vincent, Sr.

Mary Cerf, St. Vincent, Jr.

Danielle Martin, Calistoga, Sr.

Adison Feickert, Rincon Valley Christian, Sr.

THIRD TEAM


Amy Mora, Cloverdale, Sr.

Morgan Davenport, Fort Bragg, Sr.

Erica Crean, St. Helena, Jr.

Azuree Meza, Lower Lake, So.

Hannah Flynn, Middletown, So.

Haley Antonini, St. Vincent, Fr.

Krystal Castillo, Calistoga, Sr.

Lexi Monhoff, Calistoga, Sr.

Phoenix Piombo, Technology, Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR


Margaret Fitzgerald, Cloverdale

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