HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Five Forester softball players were honored by the Crossroads League for their outstanding play this season as announced by the league yesterday.
Katie Bowers topped off her decorated HU career with her fourth All-Conference honor. Last year’s conference player of the year, Bowers finished second in the conference this season in hitting with a .456 batting average.
She also boasted the league’s second highest slugging percentage at .808 to go along with the No. 2 spot in on base percentage (.537), doubles (16) and total bases (101). Her name also appeared in the top four in five other Crossroads League offensive designations.
The Silver Lake native (Manchester H.S.) wraps up her career as the most prolific hitter in HU history. She slugged out 230 hits, 98 for extra bases which included 36 homeruns, to go along with 142 RBI. She hit .457 during her time in forest green and white with a career slugging percentage of .817.
Joining Bowers on the All-Conference team was rookie Emily O’Leary. O’Leary (Hebron, Ind., Hebron H.S.), also a member of HU’s bowling team, splashed onto the scene to lead her team in runs batted in with 29. She carried a batting average of .333, the third best on the team, and logged 36 hits which included six doubles and two round-trippers. Defensively, she committed only four errors on the season for a fielding percentage of .969.
Junior Katie Knous (Decatur, Ind., Bellmont H.S.) was one of three Foresters to receive honorable mention accolades. She posted the team’s second highest batting average (.347) slugging percentage (.434) and on-base percentage (.434). She pounded out 41 hits including seven doubles and three homeruns while scoring 30 runs and driving in 19 more.
Junior Marcie McDougle earned her first All-Conference award as an honorable mention selection this season. The right-handed hurler gave up a mere three walks in 86.2 innings pitched to lead the nation in walks allowed per 9 (.31). She registered an ERA of 3.07 and collected seven wins in the circle, giving up 98 hits and 46 runs, 38 earned, while striking out 46.
The Wayne Trace product (Ohio) ranked in the top ten of the conference standings in nine different pitching categories.
Rounding out the list of honorable mention picks was freshman Annie Weaver. Hailing from Auburn, Ind. (DeKalb H.S.), Weaver was a fixture in the Forester line-up. She finished with a .302 batting average and collected 38 hits, five for extra bases, and 18 RBI. She scored 17 runs and finished with 44 total bases.
For a complete listing of the 2013 Crossroads League softball awards, click here