You are hereHome SportsPosted August 14, 2015 9:01pmUpdated August 14, 2015 9:04pmSoftball: Hard work, aggression turned Scherle into all area player of the yearSoftball: Hard work, aggression turned Scherle into all area player of the yearBuy PhotoBallard’s Gabby Scherle was voted the Ames Tribune All Area softball player of the year by area coaches. Photo by Brian Achenbach/Special to the TribuneSoftball: Hard work, aggression turned Scherle into all area player of the yearBuy PhotoGabby Scherle hit .587 had 43 stolen bases and 21 RBIs this season for Ballard. Photo by Brian Achenbach/Special to the TribuneHUXLEY Gabby Scherle wanted new uniforms for the Ballard softball team. She was tired of washing the same jersey over and over again when the Bombers had games on back to back days. She wanted the team to have another option.So Scherle told her new coach, Jenny Lichty, who appreciated the honesty. wholesale jerseys http://www.big49erssanfrancisco.com The first year head coach never had to guess what her senior captain was thinking, which was a luxury to have both during practice and in discussions regarding a new uniform option.”She always and it’s in a good sense but she always spoke her mind,” Lichty said. “She always told you what she was thinking. That’s a nice thing going in, so you’re not sitting there wondering what’s going through her head.”Scherle ultimately got her wish. Ballard received new navy shirts to wear in lieu of their usual white jerseys for the 2015 season. That aggressiveness she showed in getting her team alternate uniforms also extended to the field of play, where the Wisconsin bound centerfielder excelled.Scherle hit .587 this year. She knocked in 21 RBIs and stole 43 bases on 45 attempts, helping the Bombers to a 21 13 record. For her efforts, Scherle earned first team all state honors and was voted the 2015 All Area softball player of the year.”She has a very positive mentality,” Lichty said. “You look at her batting average, batting over .500 she always went up to the plate knowing she was going to get on base.”That mindset developed largely because of the work Scherle put in during the off season. For the last four years, she has steadily flourished under the teachings of Greg Dickel, one of the best slapping instructors in the country.Scherle first came to Dickel as a right handed hitter, but Dickel gradually taught her to hit from the other side of the plate. Scherle struggled at first, Dickel said, which only made her work harder to master the slapping technique and her famous one handed run bunt.”It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows,” Dickel said. “The first year or two she was with me, when she was learning how to slap, she wasn’t very good at it, so she didn’t play a whole lot. She doesn’t take well sitting on the bench.”But she stuck through it.”The results are impressive. Scherle’s batting average and total stolen bases ranked second and sixth, respectively, in all of Class 4A this past summer. More recently, she led her club team, the Iowa Premier Gold softball team (which Dickel coaches), to the 18 and under PGF national championship game.”I’ve had several Division I kids in the last four years, probably 20 plus, and she’s probably right there with some of the best that I’ve coached,” Dickel said. “She’s probably the best pure athlete I’ve ever coached.”The natural athletic ability she has, and all the work she’s put into the skills I mean, that’s why she’s going to go play Division I softball. Those in state schools that passed her over are going to regret it.”Lichty noticed Scherle’s work ethic during the season, too. On multiple occasions, Scherle would stay after practice to work on certain slapping techniques. During workouts, if Scherle didn’t like the way she executed a specific drill, she would ask the coach to go again.”A lot of other players followed suit with that too,” Lichty said. “It’s that philosophy of, don’t do it until you get it right, do it until you can’t mess up.”It’s that lasting impression Scherle hopes she made on the team she will leave behind. On a recent Wednesday at Gary Telford Field, she recalled the memories she made over the last year that stick with her for a while: the bus rides, the team dinners, that the Bombers improved over the course of the season.More than anything, though, she said this past season was proof that hard work truly does pay off whether that’s on the field, or making sure her team gets new digs to avoid the nightly laundry routine.Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content but the newspaper is under no obligation to do so. Comment posters are solely responsible under the Communications Decency Act for comments posted on this Web site. Stephens Media LLC is not liable for messages from third parties.IP and email addresses of persons who post are not treated as confidential records and will be disclosed in response to valid legal process.