(Back L-R) Greenville Mayor Stephen Willman, Asst. Lady Wave Softball Coach Greg Newland, Susie Blocher, Commissioner Michael Stegall and Commissioner Matt Aultman. (Front L-R) Kent Blocher (father) and Tonya Blocher (mother)

All American Susie Blocher honored

August 30 proclaimed Susie Blocher Day in Greenville and Darke County

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Commissioners and Greenville Mayor, Stephen Willman honored Greenville Lady Wave Softball player Susie Blocher for being named a 2021 High School All American softball player, one of just 48 players named for the honor from across the nation.

“I was hoping and dreaming for it,” Blocher said of the honor. “I just kept working until I made it a reality.”

“It is very exciting,” said Blocher’s mother, Tonya. “She has been in sports all of her life and she has worked hard at everything. The sky is the limit and she’s made it there. I am very proud of her.”

Darke County Commissioners Matt Aultman, Mike Stegall and Larry Holmes proclaimed August 30th, 2021, as “Susie Blocker All American Day In Darke County” while Mayor Willman proclaimed August 30th, 2021, as “Susie Blocher  All American Day” and presented the proclamations to the Greenville junior at the Commissioners’ office.

“I was very nervous walking in,” Blocher said. “I didn’t know what to expect but as soon as they started expressing their gratitude and how proud they are of me, I relaxed and I realized I fought my way to get here – it’s all because of that hard work that made this possible.”

Blocher becomes only the third Lady Wave softball player to earn All American honors . Blocher joins Greenville High School greats, Jordyn Fisherback and Ally Russell.

“Susie is an inspiration for every kid everywhere,” said Commissioner Stegall. “She is the kind of person that is going to be a leader in this country – she is smart, she is a good athlete, she has a great family, good people and she is a hard worker and this is what we need.  She is future leader. Keep an eye on her – she’s going to be really something.”

“This is a great thing we are able to do for Susie,” said Mayor Willman. “It is one of those things that do not come around very often and we want to recognize her for it. Her achievements on the field and in the classroom show she is going to be successful and we are glad she is a part of our community.”

Blocher put up impressive numbers in 2021 to earn All-American honors. The Greenville junior played in all 33 regular season games with 106 at-bats, scoring 32-runs, cranking out 55-hits including 13-doubles and 10-home runs, a .519 batting average and a .555 on base percentage while spending most of her time as the starting catcher. When not catching, Blocher played first base for the Lady Wave.

“To have someone attain the level of athleticism here in the county – we are always a force to be reckoned with when it comes to softball no matter what school you’re from but to have her reach All American status is just phenomenal,” said Commissioner Aultman. “I am glad to have her part of our community.”

While putting up stellar numbers at the plate and on the diamonds, Blocher was carrying an impressive 4.0 grade average in the classroom.

“Vince Lombardi once said and I think it’s apropos for Susie – he said, ‘perfection may be unattainable but excellence can be achieved’,” Stegall concluded.

Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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