Six Lady Lion Softball Players Earn All-Conference Honors

Six Lady Lion Softball Players Earn All-Conference Honors

Fri, May 5, 2017 - [Softball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The American Midwest Conference announced Thursday the All-Conference teams for the 2017 softball season and among those selected from Freed-Hardeman were six Lady Lion players.

Caitlyn Carter and Abbi Gooch earned First-Team All Conference honors while Annaka Baxter, Jenna Graham, Kaylyn Graham and Makenzie Prince took home Second-Team All Conference superlatives.

Caitlyn Carter, 2016 AMC Player of the Year, proved once again this season that she is one of the premier softball players in the country, boasting a .448 batting average while compiling 52 hits and slugging .552. Carter was consistently on the base paths all season long for the Lady Lions, as she had an on-base percentage of .500 while snagging 10 stolen bases on 12 attempts.

Freshman Abbi Gooch also earned First-Team All Conference honors after a stellar debut with the Lady Lions, where she started 32 games and provided pop at the plate with 29 hits and four triples.

Junior transfer Annaka Baxter also made her presence known in her debut with the Lady Lions, as she started every game hit .319 while compiling 37 hits and 20 RBI. Even more impressive was her power at the plate, as she pounded out six doubles, one triple and two homeruns while slugging above .400 the entire season.

The lone senior in the Lady Lions lineup, Jenna Graham, led FHU on and off the field all season long to earn Second-Team honors. Throughout the season, Graham compiled 27 hits and plated 11 runs while being a vacuum at second base.

Kaylyn Graham also racked up Second-Team honors after giving FHU a spark as the Designated Player in the lneup all season long. Graham hit above .300 for a majority of the season while compiling 29 hits, six doubles, one triple and two homeruns.

The final Second-Team All Conference performer, Makenzie Prince, could not have asked for a much better year in the circle. Throughout the season, Prince posted a 10-4 record after compiling 91 strikeouts in 101 innings of work. Prince also shut down opposing teams at the plate all season long, as she maintained an impressive 1.18 ERA in 2017.

2017 All Conference Teams

2017 All-AMC Second Team

From Hannibal-LaGrange: Madison Ingram

From Lindenwood-Belleville: Kaitlyn Grohman

From Lindenwood-Belleville: Riley Wells

From Lyon: Allie Lewis

From Lyon: Rachel Norman

From Missouri Baptist: Andrea Chessor

From Missouri Baptist: Meagan Elder

From Stephens: Bernadette Willis

From William Woods: Ari Arnold

From William Woods: Beth Begemann

From William Woods: Brailee Schulte

From Columbia: Alex Linck

From Columbia: Allyson Metz

From Park: Brooke Kunkel

From Park: Justice Scales

From Williams Baptist: Jessica Dobbins

From Freed-Hardeman: Annaka Baxter

From Freed-Hardeman: Jenna Graham

From Freed-Hardeman: Kaylyn Graham

And From Freed-Hardeman: Makenzie Prince

2017 Softball All-AMC First Team

From Hannibal-LaGrange: Haley Zeier

From Hannibal-LaGrange: Jordyn Alford

From Lindenwood-Belleville: Madison Mountain

From Lindenwood-Belleville: Taylor Winn

From Lyon: Nicole Sanders

From Stephens: Katie Heaton

From William Woods: Hannah Campbell

From William Woods: Sierra Jacques

From Columbia: Molly Carter

From Columbia: Theresa DeCosty

From Columbia, Lauren McCroskie

From Columbia: Carly Spalding

From Columbia: Paxton Welch

From Park: Katie Carr

From Park: Mallory Land

From Williams Baptist: Laura Helmich

From Williams Baptist: Brooke Mason

From Williams Baptist: Madelyn Poe

From Williams Baptist: Rylee Rogers

From Freed-Hardeman: Caitlyn Carter

And From Freed-Hardeman: Abbi Gooch

The 2017 AMC Softball Newcomer of the Year: From Columbia, Theresa DeCosty

The 2017 AMC Freshman of the Year: From Williams Baptist, Laura Helmich

The 2017 AMC Pitcher of the Year: From Lindenwood-Belleville, Taylor Winn

The 2017 AMC Player of the Year: From Columbia, Molly Carter

And the 2017 AMC Coach of the Year: From Columbia, Wendy Spratt