Bulletin Staff Report
Seven members of the Howard Payne Lady Jackets softball team received American Southwest Conference West Division postseason honors following the programís third straight ASC tournament appearance.
Junior Kate McLaughlin was the lone first-team choice from Howard Payne, which finished the season 26-17 and won its first ASC tournament game in five trips.
McLaughlin, an outfielder, led the Lady Jackets with a .389 batting average and 12 doubles. She also added two home runs, 24 RBIs and 32 runs.
McLaughlin was also selected to the third team of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region squad.
Second-team selections for Howard Payne included second baseman Lauren Bollich, outfielder Kristi Pinkerton and pitcher Jenna Middleton ó all juniors.
Bollich batted .326 for the year with a team-high 33 runs scored and 18 RBIs.
Pinkerton finished with a .312 average, 21 RBIs, 20 runs and nine extra-base hits.
Middleton posted an 11-9 record and a 3.01 ERA with 101 strikeouts in 137.1 innings of action.
Receiving honorable mention for the Lady Jackets were senior catcher Cory Lee (.348, 3 HRs, 21 RBIs), freshman first baseman Ashley Silva (.344, 8 HRs, 41 RBIs) and freshman third baseman Courtni Buster (.241, 8 RBIs, 22 runs).
Earning superlative awards in the ASC West were player of the year Kacie Kripner, a senior catcher from Mary Hardin-Baylor; pitcher of the year Daphnie Kahlig, a senior right-hander from Mary Hardin-Baylor; newcomer of the year Megan Pulido, a junior third baseman from Concordia; freshman of the year Jessica Rattan, a shortstop from Concordia; and coaches of the year Kasey Blomquist from Mary Hardin-Baylor and Kathy Pittman and Stan Warren from Concordia.
ASC West champion Mary Hardin-Baylor will join ASC champion Louisiana College and runner-up UT-Tyler in the NCAA tournament.
ASC WEST DIVISION
Player of the Year
Kacie Kripner, C, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Pitcher of the Year
Daphne Kahlig, RHP, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Newcomer of the Year
Megan Pulido, 3B, Jr., Concordia
Freshman of the Year
Jessica Rattan, SS, Concordia
Coaches of the Year
Kasey Blomquist, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Kathy Pittman & Stan Warren, Concordia
(Listed in order of voting point totals)
1B Sadye Hill Sr. Hardin-Simmons
2B Erica Salazar Sr. UMHB
2B Jessica Vasquez Sr. Concordia
SS Katina Penter Sr. UMHB
3B Megan Pulido Sr. Concordia
C Kacie Kripner Sr. UMHB
OF Karen Smart Jr. Concordia
OF Kate McLaughlin Jr. Howard Payne
OF Casey Salinas Sr. Texas Lutheran
UT Cara Patranella Sr. Concordia
P Daphnie Kahlig Sr. UMHB
P Kelsey Greeson So. UMHB
P Laura Rawlings Fr. Hardin-Simmons
1B Charlsie Cope Sr. UMHB
2B Lauren Bollich Jr. Howard Payne
SS Jessica Rattan Fr. Concordia
3B Tara Gonzalez Jr. Schreiner
C Lydia Bradley Sr. Hardin-Simmons
OF Becca Ribera Sr. UMHB
OF Kristi Pinkerton Jr. Howard Payne
OF Cera Beasley Fr. Hardin-Simmons
DP Kourtney Bailey Fr. Hardin-Simmons
UT Alison Organ Jr. Texas Lutheran
P Jenna Middleton Jr. Howard Payne
P Christina Jacobsen Sr. Texas Lutheran
P Patsy Toman Jr. Schreiner
1B Ashley Silva Fr. Howard Payne
2B Cricket Criner Jr. Hardin-Simmons
2B Sarah Trevino Jr. Schreiner
SS Courtney Clark So. Hardin-Simmons
SS Meagan Eichman Sr. Schreiner
3B Courtni Buster Fr. Howard Payne
3B Heather Cobb Fr. Hardin-Simmons
C Cory Lee Sr. Howard Payne
C Marla Jendrusch Fr. Schreiner
OF Jodi Hierholzer Fr. Concordia
OF Sara Roman Fr. UMHB
OF Autumn Vara Jr. Schreiner
OF Lindsey Rutkowski So. Schreiner
OF Valarie Olivares Jr. Sul Ross
OF Natalie Suciu Jr. Texas Lutheran
DP Audrey Castro Fr. Texas Lutheran
UT Lacie Cole Fr. Hardin-Simmons