Kelsey Dotson and Kendra Marshall had an impact Saturday on the softball diamond.
No surprise to anyone who watched the pair of former Warsaw Community High School stars play during their recently completed prep careers.
Dotson and Marshall helped the North All-Star team earn a split versus the South in the annual ICGSA All-Star Classic doubleheader held at the Cherry Tree Softball Complex in Carmel.
The North team posted an 8-0 win in the opener, while the South bounced back with a 3-0 victory in the second game of the twin bill.
Dotson batted leadoff and went 1-2 in the two games. The IU bound catcher had a double, walk and scored two runs for the North. Dotson was the top vote getter for All-State and All-Star honors by coaches in the District.
Marshall logged a substantial amount of playing time at shortstop, according to WCHS coach Jim Speicher who attended the games, and was 1-3 at the plate with a run scored. Marshall will play at Valparaiso University.
Dotson and Marshall, both All-State selections, each had their hits in the opening game win.
The pair helped the Tigers go 19-10 overall this spring and 11-3 in the Northern Lakes Conference to take second place. Dotson hit .554 with 12 home runs to finish third in state history with 35 roundtrippers in her prolific prep career. Marshall batted .531 with 10 homers and 46 RBI this past season.
Pitcher Brooke Boetjer of South Putnam, who was recently named the Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year, was given the Miss Softball Award Saturday. Dotson was one of five finalists for the honor. Chris Jones of South Putnam, which won its second straight Class 2-A state championship earlier this month, was chosen as Coach of the Year. Northridge coach Bo O’Dell was one of the five finalists for the honor.