Newburg senior selected to Class 1 Team.

Shelby Friend has been considered one of the area's top softball players the past four years.

And the Newburg High School standout now has an all-state award to prove it.

Friend, a four-year starter for the Newburg High School softball team, has been named to the Missouri Class 1 All-State Second Team as a pitcher, it was announced this week.

Despite playing with a knee injury which will require off-season surgery, Friend was considered the area's top pitcher this fall, helping the Lady Wolves put together a 17-3 record, during which they finished second in the Frisco League standings with a 6-1 mark and advanced to the district tournament title game.

Friend had all-state type of numbers both in the pitching circle and at the plate.

She earned all-state as a pitcher with her 17-3 record and 0.99 ERA. She also struck out 188 and walked just 30 in 119 2/3 innings pitched while allowing 67 hits.

Offensively she batted .545 with 36 hits, 13 doubles, eight triples, five homers, 24 RBI, 33 runs scored, 15 stolen bases, a 1.212 slugging percentage and a .615 on-base percentage.

Friend was the lone Frisco League player selected all-state this year.

The all-state teams were selected by the Missouri High School Fastpitch Coaches Association. The Class 1-3 all-state teams have been released while the Class 4 team is still being put together.

St. Elizabeth (17-9), which defeated Newburg in the Missouri Class 1 District 6 Tournament championship game, had two players selected to the Class 1 All-State First Team - senior infielder Savannah Stiles and junior catcher Emma Kemna.

Here is the 2013 Missouri Class 1 All-State Team:
First Team
Pitchers: Katie Applegarth, sr., Maysville; Karsyn Hejna, sr., Walnut Grove; Mackenzie Hombs, jr., Westran; Lauren Dale, jr., Knox County.
Infielders: Kristin Strong, soph., Maysville; Aly Hundley, sr., New Franklin; Sami Hill, jr., King City; Darby Pruett, sr., Naylor; Hayley Kendrick, jr., Salisbury; Savannah Stiles, sr., St. Elizabeth; Rachel Boucher, soph., Maysville.
Catchers: Emma Kemna, jr., St. Elizabeth; Ashley Brown, jr., Silex; Lexi Herbert, sr., King City.
Outfielders: Kelsey Ling, sr., Westran; Charity McCoy, sr., Naylor; Paige Couch, jr., Knox County; Jordan Breckenridge, sr., King City.
Utility: Bethany Rader, sr., Scotland County; Melissa Schlotzhauer, jr., Pilot Grove.

Second Team
Pitchers: Shelby Friend, sr., Newburg; Aubrey Jones, jr., Oran; Chelsey Roth, jr., Montrose; Kalani Pihana, sr., New Franklin; Sidney Copeland, jr., Polo.
Infielders: Christian Sauseda, sr., Oran; Madesen Gage, soph., Stanberry; Kelsi Land, jr., Dora; Haley Craig, soph., North Harrison; Cheyenne Kitchen, jr., Westran; Charleece Schoonhoven, sr., Salisbury; Caty Barrett, jr., Sturgeon.
Catchers: Jackie Haley, jr., Maysville; Ali Cummings, sr., Oran; Jordan Smith jr., Dora; Emily Bracher, jr., Montrose.
Outfielder: Sara Montgomery, sr., New Franklin.
Utility: Riley Bremer, sr., Stanberry; Autumn Hughes, sr., North Andrew; Madson McKinney, soph., Norborne.