Six members of the Central Christian College softball team received first-, second- or honorable mention-team MCAC honors announced recently
It was the largest representation of Tigers to an All-Conference team of any of the CCC varsity sports for the 2013-2014 school year.
Cristina Insua, a sophomore transfer from Argentina, was the lone Lady Tiger named to the MCAC’s first team, as she was named as a utility player.
During the season, Insua pitched and played first base. As a pitcher, she was 4-13 on the season with a 4.95 ERA. She threw 117.1 innings, striking out 57 hitters and walking 75. In the field, she had a fielding percentage of .909. She recorded 143 putouts, 46 assists and had 19 errors. At the plate she had the second-highest batting average on the team, hitting .386 with 49 hits in 127 at bats. She had eight extra-base hits including five doubles, two triples and a home run.
Sydney Nelson, Ashly Westgarth, Brooklynn Lemons and Kristen Hall all made the MCAC’s second team.
Nelson made the team as a catcher. She played all 52 games for the Lady Tigers behind the plate. Offensively, Nelson was fifth on the team in batting average at .322 with 47 hits. She had 11 extra-base hits including seven doubles, two triples, and two home runs. Her slugging percentage was .438 and she had an on-base percentage of .402.
Westgarth had an outstanding year at second base for Central. As a freshman she came in and started 51 of the 52 games. She was third on the team in hitting with a .370 batting average. She led the team in hits with 54, including eight doubles and five triples. Her slugging percentage was .493, and her on-base percentage was .436. At second base, her fielding percentage was .918. She had 80 putouts, 77 assists and committed just 14 errors on the season.
Lemons, who was an honorable mention pick her first two years at second base, switched positions this season and broke through to the second team as an outfielder. She spent the bulk of the season in left field where she had a .817 fielding percentage. She had 47 putouts, and 11 assists while committing just 13 errors. At the dish, she hit .264 with 32 hits in 121 at bats. Her slugging percentage was .273, and her on-base percentage was .360.
Hall, who transferred in this year as a sophomore from Cowley Community College, was selected to the second team as a utility player. She spent the bulk of her time on the mound as the Lady Tigers’ ace. She appeared on the mound for the Tigers in 35 games this season. She had a 10-14 record and an ERA of 5.39. She pitched a career-high 146.2 innings allowing 113 earned runs on 229 hits. She led the team in strikeouts with 99, and had the fewest walks, 24, among the starters on the pitching staff. Offensively, Hall led the Tigers in hitting with a .392 batting average. She had 49 hits in 125 at bats. Eleven of her hits went for extra bases, including nine doubles and two home runs. She had the lowest number of strikeouts, three, of players with at least 50 or more at-bats. Her slugging percentage was .512, and her on base percentage was .429.
The lone Tiger on the honorable mention team was Dana Dean. She was the Lady Tigers’ starting shortstop, a position that is loaded with talent in the MCAC. Dean was fourth on the team in hitting with a .348 batting average. She had 49 hits in 141 at-bats. She led the team in extra-base hits with 14, 10 doubles, two triples, and two home runs. At the shortstop position, she had a fielding percentage of .902. She recorded 76 putouts, 126 assists and had 22 errors on the season.
The Lady Tiger softball team continues to improve. In its third year under head coach Chad Kerr, CCC improved in nearly every statistical category. It had its first double-digit win total as a team in over a decade. The team batting average went from .238 in 2013, to .308 this season. Starting pitching was much improved with an ERA of 5.62, down from 10.98 a year ago. The really good news is that all six of their All-Conference selections, and the rest of their starting lineup will return next season. Things are definitely looking up for the Lady Tiger softball team.