Hanover Central softball coach Larry McMillen summed up the North-South All-Star game in a perfect way.
"It's a great way to send the girls off," McMillen said.
The best softball players in Indiana will play a doubleheader on Saturday at the Cherry Tree Hill Softball Complex in Carmel. First pitch is at 10 a.m.
Hanover's Ashley Yoways is District 1's Miss Softball candidate, the first for the Wildcats. Sisters Beth Wendlinger and Amanda Wendlinger were a District 1 runners-up in the past.
The Iowa-bound Yoways led Hanover to two straight Class 3A semistates. She finished second to Crown Point's Miranda Elish in District 1 voting, but only seniors are eligible for the Miss Softball Award.
"It's very possible," McMillen said of Yoways winning. "She plays on a travel team in Indianapolis. Everyone knows her game. It depends whether we get support from our area down there. Hopefully, we will."
When McMillen told Yoways she was up for the honor she thought one thing.
"I thought the 'Big Guy' was pulling my strings," Yoways said. "It's unbelievable. I never thought I'd be a candidate for something like that. It made me feel very good."
Yoways is also excited about playing with the area's best, which includes Andrean's Brenna Boyle, Kankakee Valley's Morgan Cavinder, Lake Central's Laurren Ladwig and Lizzie Seymour, Lowell's Emma Littrell and Alyssa Pokropinski, Munster's Taylor Michalski, Wheeler's Nickole Finch and Whiting's Mollie Lovasko.
Lowell's Pete Iussig will coach the North squad along with outgoing Wheeler coach Marc Brunner.
"This is way past my 15 minutes of fame," Iussig joked. "We've got some great kids. Michalski stands out, she's a great outfielder and softball player. The two Lake Central kids are great. My two girls can flat out hit the ball. And Yoways is Yoways.
"She completely shut us down when we faced her."
There is a banquet for the girls and their families tonight at Carmel High School. Then, it's donning the Indiana All-Star uniforms and running through some quick practice together.
McMillen said it is an honor for every player chosen.
"We've got some good kids going down there, deservedly so," he said. "They all had good careers up here."