It’s no mystery how Tonopah senior pitcher Britney Klapper became the Most Valuable Player in Class 1A Southern League softball.
“She has a work ethic you don’t see in many kids,” Muckers coach Ken Jose said. “She’s not overwhelming in size or strength, but she really makes up for it in her work ethic.”
Klapper’s breakout season was rewarded by league coaches with the league MVP award. Jose was named Coach of the Year.
Klapper was the cornerstone for Tonopah (17-9), which tied Pahranagat Valley at 5-1 for the regular-season league title. The Muckers advanced to the 1A state finals, where they fell 5-4 to Indian Springs.
Klapper came up big in clutch moments, such as a 9-3 win over Wells in the state tournament opener in which she was the winning pitcher and went 2-for-2.
Jose said Klapper set the tone for the Muckers not only in games, but on the practice field.
“Her endurance and passion for the game was big,” he said. “She deserves every bit of that award.”
Tonopah also placed third baseman Nicole Rodgers, shortstop Deanna Van Poucke and outfielder Harley Maughan on the first team.
State champion Indian Springs (22-7) was well represented on the first team, with pitcher Brandi Bryl, catcher Bailey McCormick and outfielder Kristina Espinoza each receiving a nod.
The first team was rounded out by Pahranagat Valley pitcher Kyla Mortensen, first baseman Alyssa Stirling, second baseman Jamey Brede and outfielder Stevie Horrocks.