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SUPPZ.COM CO-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Boscobel's Gretta Grassel
Boscobel sophomore pitcher named WFSCA D4 Player of the Year, First Team All-State
Boscobel sophomore Gretta Grassel was named the Division 4 Player of the Year and First Team All-State by the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association after leading the top-ranked Bulldogs to a 21–1 record, a second-straight SWAL title and a berth in the D4 sectional finals.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Athlete of the Week is a web-only feature that will publish each Thursday throughout the calendar year.

By Jason Nihles, The Platteville Journal / Fennimore Times / Boscobel Dial

Gretta Grassel, So., P, Boscobel softball
Boscobel keeps reaping the rewards from the best softball season in school history.

Standout sophomore pitcher Gretta Grassel was recently named the Division 4 Player of the Year and Small Schools (D4–5) First Team All-State by the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association after another stellar year. 

Grassel was previously named the SWAL Player of the Year, first-team All-SWAL and fires-team all-region after leading the Bulldogs to a 21–1 overall record, a second-straight SWAL title with a 14–0 league record and the school’s first berth in the WIAA sectional finals.

She finished this year with an 18–1 record in the pitcher’s circle with one save, a 0.76 ERA and 296 strikeouts (fourth in the state) and just 30 walks in 129 2/3 innings pitched. 

At the plate, Grassel batted a conference-best .641 (41-for-64) with 10 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 31 RBI, 31 runs, 17 stolen bases and 16 walks (including six intentional) to lead the Bulldogs in nearly every statistical category.

“She is a once in a lifetime athlete for a small community like ours,” said Walktz  She is a tremendously hard worker, driven and competitive but she is also extremely humble and the first to give the credit right back to her teammates. A very well deserved accolade for her.”

Grassel was also a WFSCA First-Team All-State selection and the 2021 SWAL Player of the Year last year as a freshman when she led the Bulldogs to a 16–4 record and 12–2 mark in the SWAL to share the conference title.  She went 12–3 with a 0.41 ERA, a state-best 233 strikeouts and just 14 walks in  101 1/3 innings pitched, and also hit a team-high .542 (32-for-59) with four doubles, three triples, three home runs, 18 RBI, a team-high 27 runs scored and 22 stolen bases.

Other area WFSCA Small Schools All-State selections included Highland senior Meg Tarrell (1st team), Belmont juniors Rylee Rogers (2nd team) and Mia Hodgson (2nd team), Highland junior Grace Dreischmeier (2nd), Riverdale senior Emily Hach (honorable mention), Fennimore sophomore Jenna James and Mineral Point junior Kennedy Wenger (honorable mention). 

River Valley senior Brooke Anderson was named WFSCA medium schools (D2–3) All-State.