Bethany's Zaker honored for 2014 play

By Steve Sell
August 11, 2014

LINDSBORG  — We’re almost at the start of the new school year, but there’s still some leftover honors business to tend to

Bethany College’s Jasmine Zaker, a junior from Mesa, Ariz., has been named to the Jewish Sports Review 2014 College Softball All-America Team (D-II and III, NAIA).

Though Zaker is a first baseman for the Swedes, the Jewish Sports Review shifted her to outfield on the All-America Team in order to name its best team.

"Scooby has been a three-year starter for us and had a tremendous junior season in 2014," Bethany coach Janice Esses said. "She took a new role this season, moving from second base to first base for us, and did a great job as a natural at the position. As our leadoff hitter, Scooby was instrumental in getting our offense started. Her speed and instinct on the bases is top notch, and she even showed a little power this year with three home runs. Going in to her senior year, we look for her to have another strong season and lead the Swedes to a successful year."

Zaker was first-team KCAC after hitting .388, tallying 76 hits, 37 RBIs, 62 runs, and stole 47 bases in 54 attempts

Nationally,  Zaker was third in total steal attempts (54), third in total stolen bases (47), fifth in steal attempts per game (.964), fifth in total stolen bases per game (.839), 10th in total putouts (393), 13th in caught stealing per game (.125), 15th in total runs scored (62), 24th in total hits (76) and 24th in runs scored per game (1.107).

In 2012, Zaker was named second-team All-KCAC and a Jewish Sports Review All-American. In addition to softball, Zaker also plays soccer for the Swedes.

She is the daughter of James and Valerie Zaker, and is majoring in biology.

Jewish Sports Review is published bi-monthly in Los Angeles, Calif.