GREENWOOD, Indiana-- The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference today announced the softball All-HCAC honors. The Mount St. Joseph University softball team returned to the HCAC tournament this season for the first time in a decade. Today they were rewarded for that return to prominence, landing five on the all-conference honor roll.
Headlining the Lions on the All-HCAC list was Freshman of the Year and First-team selection pitcher Sarah Miller (Fishers, IN/St. Theodore Guerin). Miller led the Lions and the HCAC with 136.0 innings pitched this season, she led the league in saves (6), finished fourth in the HCAC in strikeouts (108), and finished sixth in the conference in ERA (2.57).
Joining Miller as an All-HCAC honoree was fellow freshman, shortstop Alehia Tucker (Covington, KY/Holy Cross). Tucker was named second team all-conference for her outstanding campaign. From the leadoff sport Tucker hit .315 on the season and led the conference in stolen bases with 31. She also added 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homerun and 10 RBI. She did all this while playing outstanding defense at shortstop all season long.
Junior catcher Savannah Sturgill (West Harrison, IN/East Central) was also recognized, as an honorable mention all-HCAC performer. Sturgill led The Mount with a .352 batting average and 27 RBI. She did so while being a stalwart for the Lions behind the plate.
Rounding out the players honored by the conference was junior outfield Olivia Quick (Sunman, IN/East Central) who was named to the HCAC All-Sportsmanship team.
Head Coach Beth Goderwis was also honored by the conference as the Coach of the Year in the HCAC this season. Her steady hand at the helm for the young Lions this season was instrumental in the team returning to the HCAC tournament for the first time in a decade. She led possibly the youngest roster in the conference to a 23-13 overall record and an 11-5 record in the HCAC, good enough for a second place finish in the regular season standings. The Lions did not have a single senior on this years team, and had a freshman as their ace pitcher, shortstop, centerfielder, and thirdbase for most of the season.