3 Tiger softball players earn AII honors

By Steve Sell
May 08, 2017

Central Christian College’s Kasi Kraus was selected to the AII Conference first team and the Tigers’ Rayne Wright was tabbed Newcomer of the Year as postseason honors were announced this weekend.

The Tigers’ Mariah Grijalva rounded out the honors as she was named to the AII second team.

Kraus was selected to the first team as a utility player as she did a little bit of everything for the Tigers.

She finished second on the team in batting average, hitting .343 with 46 hits and led the team in runs scored with 30. She was also the team's leading pitcher, throwing 123 1/3 innings. When she wasn’t on the mound, she played first base. Her .985 fielding percentage at pitcher and first base was second on the team, and she compiled 138 putouts and 63 assists.

Wright came out of the gates swinging a hot bat and never stopped.

She played in 40 of the team's 45 games and led the Tigers in hitting with a .374 average. She had 40 hits, including 7 doubles and 4 home runs, giving her a .551 slugging percentage, which was tops on the team. She spent most of her time behind the plate, but also played some in left field. At those two positions she had a combined fielding percentage of .988, committing just one error all season.

Grijalva hit in the leadoff spot for much of the season and was consistent throughout.

She hit .342, good for third on the team and one percentage point behind Kraus. For the year she had 41 hits, including one double and one triple, and scored 23 runs. She anchored the Tigers’ outfield in center field and had a .863 fielding percentage with 38 putouts and 6 assists. She stole 16 bases in 18 attempts.

All three players will be back next season as the future would appear bright for the Tigers.