Softball Honored in Conference Awards

By JERAMY STOVER, Sports Editor

The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference released their individual awards for the 2016 softball season on Wednesday, and some University of Michigan-Dearborn players collected some hardware.

Taylor Moceri and Ellie Kauten both made the First Team All-Conference.

Moceri, the Wolverines primary shortstop, led the team with a .449 batting average and also topped her team with 18 stolen bases. Her average was the second highest in the entire conference.

Kauten provided three home runs for UM-Dearborn this season as the starting catcher. She also hit for a .288 average with 14 runs batted in.

Four Wolverines were named to the All-Conference Honorable Mention team—Valerie Bertani, Jordan Ewald, Kylie Hill, and Gina Verduzco.

Bertani was second on the team in runs scored (30) and third on the team in hits (38). She also showed patience at the plate drawing 15 walks, which was second best on the team.

Ewald brought power to the lineup, hitting a team high four home runs and 39 RBIs, which not only led the team but were seventh best in the conference. She was also second on the team in hits with 47.

Hill hit for a .333 average and knocked in 17 runs throughout the season. With one of the best walk-to-strikeout ratio’s on the team, Hill had a .426 on-base percentage to go with her average.

Verduzco was a force not just at the plate, but on the pitcher’s mound as well. She finished with a 13-5 record and pitched 10 complete games. She was third in the conference in strikeouts per game with 5.62. Verduzco also hit for a .359 average and two home runs.

Senior Makenzie Trowbridge was the UM-Dearborn representative on the WHAC’s Champions of Character team. Trowbridge hit for a .385 average this season.

All stats come from the DakStats service on WHAC.net.

Maria Rodriguez, Alexis Powell, Bertani, and Trowbridge were all named to the All-Academic team.

UM-Dearborn will look to add more hardware as they compete in the conference tournament this weekend hosted by Lourdes.  They enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed with a record of 29-16 (12-6 WHAC).

The Wolverines made it to the championship game last season before losing to Davenport 7-6.