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    Softball - Mon, May 8, 2017

    Complete 2017 Heart All-Conference Team


    SPRINGFIELD – Kiara Carrier and Megan Washam highlighted seven Evangel softball players that were named to the 2017 All-Heart Softball Teams released by the league office Monday.


    Carrier and Washam were both first team selections as Kyra Parker, Caitlin Buckalew, Michelle Sheppard and Cassidy Gillihan all were named to the second team. Buckalew and Washam also joined Caty Eby as a 2017 Heart Gold Glove winner for her play in the outfield.


    Washam led not just Evangel but the Heart in hitting at a .410 average and led the league in RBIs with 53. The senior was one triple (7) shy of a single-season record and third most RBIs in a season as she finishes her career tied with the most triples all-time (17), the tenth most runs scored, second-most RBIs (138) and seventh most hits with 195.


    Carrier finished with a .362 average and led the team with seven home runs. She was second with 49 RBIs and 12 doubles as well.


    On the second team, Kyra Parker was fifth in the league with 17 wins and posted the fourth best ERA in the conference with a .203 mark. She also moved into eighth for most all-time wins with 33, as her 17 wins were seventh best in a single-season at Evangel.


    Caitlin Buckalew also earned infield honors with a .335 average and 12 doubles as she struck out just seven times. Sophomore Michelle also earned second team honors after hitting .350 with 55 hits and 40 runs scored. Sheppard also stole 30 bases, the fourth highest in a single-season at Evangel.


    Cassidy Gillihan earned second team honors in the outfield as she hit .391 on the year and led the team with 49 runs. Gillihan finished the season in the Evangel record books as well with the sixth most hits (66) and third most runs in a single-season. The senior also etched her name in the all-time records with 141 runs ranking fourth most and her 208 moving her into fourth all-time.


    In addition to the all-conference honors, Washam and Buckalew were named Gold Glove winners along with freshman outfielder Caty Eby. Eby posted a .967 fielding percentage in the outfield while Washam finished at .976 and Buckalew with a .966 percentage and just five errors in 106 chances at third base.


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