2010 Softball All-MIAA

Four Belles Named All-MIAA, Peterson MVP

ROYAL OAK, Mich. - Four members of the Saint Mary's softball team were honored as All-MIAA selections by the league's coaches as announced by the conference office on Wednesday.

Senior Ashley Peterson and junior Hayley Bojorquez were both All-MIAA First Team honorees while sophomores Lauren Enayati and Kate Mitchell received Second Team accolades.  Peterson was also named the conference's Most Valuable Player as voted on by coaches.

Peterson led the MIAA in eight statistical categories in league play, including batting average (.549), home runs (8) and RBIs (31). Her eight home runs broke the MIAA record of seven set last year by Hope’s Kelli Duimstra, and her 31 RBIs broke the league mark of 24 set by Alma’s Brandee Brower in 2000. Peterson also led the league in hits with 28, doubles with eight, total bases with 62, on-base percentage at .625 and slugging percentage at 1.216.  She earned her second conference batting title this spring while also earning All-MIAA First Team honors for the third consecutive year.  Peterson also becomes the second Saint Mary's player to be named the MIAA's overall MVP.

Bojorquez was among the conference's top hitters throughout most of the spring.  She finished the season tied for third for doubles (6) and tied for fourth for RBIs (19).  She was also tied for ninth overall in the conference for total bases with 29.  An MIAA Position Player of the Week, Bojorquez finished the spring with a .408 batting average in league play.  The All-MIAA First Team honor is the first of her career.

Enayati and Mitchell both earned the first MIAA accolade of their careers after strong spring seasons as well.  Enayati posted a .386 batting average with a .462 on base percentage in MIAA games in 2010.  She was tied for first for triples (3), tied for second in runs scored (22), tied for third in stolen bases, tied for sixth in total hits, and eighth in total bases (31) to finish the season.  Mitchell had a .400 batting average with 20 hits in conference play while driving in 11 runs and scoring 11 runs.  She also had a .957 fielding percentage and led the conference in both defensive chances and putouts.

It is the first time since 2006 that Saint Mary's has placed four players on the All-MIAA softball teams.

2010 All-MIAA Team:

First Team All-MIAA

Katie Adams, Adrian* (junior from Flat Rock/Flat Rock HS)
Hayley Bojorquez, Saint Mary’s* (junior from Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark HS)
Kelly Eberhardt, Adrian* (sophomore from Wellington, Ohio/Black River HS)
Stephanie Faber, Hope* (sophomore from Byron Center/Grand Rapids South Christian HS)
Andi Gasco, Trine* (freshman from Levering/Petoskey HS)
Sara Hivley, Trine* (senior from Kentland, Ind./Gibson Southern HS)
Kelly Koenigsknecht, Alma** (junior from Fowler/Fowler HS)
Tara Leddy, Alma*** (junior from Saginaw/Swan Valley HS)
Ashley Peterson, Saint Mary’s*** (senior from Lansing, Ill./Marian Catholic HS)
Emily Ross, Alma** (sophomore from Buchanan/Buchanan HS)
Tara Sipperley, Trine* (junior from Newaygo/Newaygo HS)
Meghan Stevens, Adrian** (senior from Warren/Mott HS)
* - number of years All-MIAA First Team

Second Team All-MIAA
Lauren Enayati, Saint Mary’s (sophomore from Crete, Ill./Marian Catholic HS)
Kelsey Greene, Olivet (sophomore from Burr Oak/Burr Oak HS)
Sarah Johnson, Alma (senior from Portland/Portland HS)
Tate Kern, Albion (sophomore from Kaleva/Brethren HS)
Shelby Mast, Calvin (freshman from Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS)
Kasey Miller, Alma (senior from Grand Ledge/Grand Ledge HS)
Kate Mitchell, Saint Mary’s (sophomore from Swarthmore, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara HS)
Kori Nieuwsma, Hope (junior from Lakeville, Minn./Bethany Christian Academy)
Alishia Raak, Trine (senior from South Haven/South Haven HS)
Andrea Reinecke, Hope (junior from Eaton Rapids/Eaton Rapids HS)
Houston Verbeck, Alma (senior from Burton/Flint Kearsley HS)
Rachel Wisman, Trine (freshman from Bronson/Bronson HS)