By RICKY LINDSAY, Editor in Chief
The University of Michigan-Dearborn softball team had its best season in five years and it showed in postseason hardware.
The Wolverines, headlined by three Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference first team honors, brought home 11 awards in 2015.
Junior Valerie Bertani, sophomore Taylor Moceri and senior Jessie Thueme earned All-Conference first team honors.
In 50 games, Bertani hit .353, scored 30 runs and drove in 21 runs. She swiped nine bases.
One of the top athletes in the WHAC throughout the season, Moceri hit .391, scored 46 runs and drove in 20 runs in 50 games. She stole 15 bases and was caught only twice.
Thueme hit .386 with 10 home runs, 49 RBI and a .708 slugging percentage in 45 games. She ranked second in the WHAC in home runs, slugging percentage and RBI.
Juniors Alexis Powell and Makenzie Trowbridge were named to the Honorable Mention team.
Powell hit .316 with seven home runs in 49 games, scoring 19 runs while driving in 29.
Another offensive threat for UM-Dearborn, Trowbridge posted a sparkling .367 batting average with four homers, 30 RBI and 30 runs scored.
Senior pitcher Kayla Goodwin was UM-Dearborn’s lone Champions of Character team member.
Goodwin pitched in 30 games for the Wolverines, starting 17 of them while totaling 115 1-3 innings. She was second on the team with a 4.73 ERA and struck out 60 batters.
Five Wolverines made the All-Academic team: Bertani, Thueme, Trowbridge, Maria Rodriguez and Samantha Zarins.
According to UM-Dearborn athletics, athletes “must be a junior who has attended the university for one full year and have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25” to qualify.
On the field, Rodriguez and Zarins, both juniors, contributed to UM-Dearborn’s success.
Rodriguez hit .382, scored 21 runs and drove in nine in 76 plate appearances. Zarins hit .208 and scored seven runs in 24 plate appearances.