LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s Kelli Traffas has been named an NAIA honorable mention softball All-American.
"Kelli Traffas has been a tremendous impact on our program throughout her career at Bethany College," Bethany coach Janice Esses said. "She has one of the best work ethics and hustle I have seen. She was always in the batting cage working to get better. She was an aggressive defender and baserunner. The team looked to her when we needed a big out or a hit. This is an outstanding honor that Kelli has worked hard to earn. She has had a great career and will be missed."
Traffas, a senior third baseman from Medicine Lodge, was recognized as the 2014 KCAC Player of the Year for the second time in her career, and also earned first-team All-KCAC honors. She finished the season hitting .451, totaling 82 hits, 64 RBIs and 55 runs. In addition, Traffas drilled 12 home runs and was 29 of 32 in stolen bases.
She completed the season nationally ranked in numerous offensive categories: third in total triples (9), seventh in total bases (145), ninth in triples per game (.161), 11th in total bases per game (2.589), 12th in total runs batted in (64), 15th slugging percentage (.797), 15th in total hits (82), 17th in runs batted in per game (1.143), 22nd in total stolen bases (29), 24th in total steal attempts (32), 26th in home runs (12), 29th in hits per game (1.464), 34th in total runs scored (55), 35th in batting average (.451), 46th in stolen bases per game (.518), 46th in total assists (113), 49th in runs scored per game (.982) and 50th in steal attempts per game (.571).
Traffas finished her storybook four-year career as a two-time KCAC Player of the Year, three-time first-team All-KCAC selection, one second-team All-KCAC selection, and two Preseason Team honors.
Traffas is the daughter of Rory and Jacque Traffas. She majored in accounting and minored in math, and graduated from Bethany College on May 18.