MCAC Softball Names Southern Division Standouts

MCAC Softball Names Southern Division Standouts

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Despite some weather-related challenges at start of the 2019 Minnesota College Athletic Conference fastpitch softball season, teams persevered through the spring to compete for the right to advance to the 2019 NJCAA Region XIIIA and XIIIB tournaments held May 16-18.   Several standouts from both Divisions will travel to St. Cloud Technical & Community College and Central Lakes College, respectively, in pursuit of playoff hardware.

The top performers from the MCAC 2019 softball season have been recognized by earning All-Division status for their efforts and accomplishments on the diamond over the past several weeks.

The 2019 Minnesota College Athletic Conference Softball Southern ALL-DIVISION selections - as voted on by Division head coaches - are as follows: 

2019 MCAC Southern Division 

First Team

Bailey Zenk

 Blaine, MN

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Bailey Zenk, a sophomore at Anoka-Ramsey Community College was a dual threat to ARCC opponents.  Zenk led the MCAC in batting average at .579 while also racking up 11 wins as a Golden Ram pitcher. Zenk had a 3.85 ERA in 100 innings pitched and hit 19 home runs, along with 84 RBI's, both tops in the MCAC in those categories.

McKenzie Ebert

Eau Claire, WI

St. Cloud Technical & Community College

McKenzie Ebert, a freshman at St. Cloud Technical & Community College, drove in 47 runs on 53 hits in 2019.  Ebert had seven home runs in 39 games and scored 39 times for the Cyclones, who claimed the 2019 Southern Division championship. 

Regan Jastram

West Fargo, ND

St. Cloud Technical & Community College

Regan Jastram, St. Cloud Technical & Community College, had eight wins from the circle in 2019, appearing in 17 Cyclone contests. She racked up 24 strikeouts in 83 innings pitched. At the plate, she had 57 hits, including 17 doubles and four home runs. 

Anna Wagner

Cokato, MN

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Anna Wagner, a freshman at Anoka-Ramsey Community College appeared in 38 games for the Golden Rams. Wagner contributed eight home runs, 40 RBI's and scored 40 runs herself during the season. She also swiped ten bases in 2019 while hitting for a .518 season average.

Sam Patton

Sauk Rapids, MN

St. Cloud Technical & Community College

Sam Patton, a freshman pitcher at St. Cloud Technical & Community College hit the 20-win plateau this season for SCTCC.  Patton pitched 150 innings and struck out 155 batters; she notched a season ERA of 4.01 for the Cyclones. 

Abby Bauer

Caledonia, MN

Rochester Community & Technical College

Abby Bauer, a sophomore at Rochester Community & Technical College, put together a solid season for the Yellowjackets. Bauer hit for a .483 average, drove in 26 runs in 17 games and stole six bases. She also scored 22 times herself. 

 

Hannah Ekse

Perham, MN

Minnesota State-Fergus Falls

Hannah Ekse, a freshman at M State-Fergus Falls, had a .728 slugging percentage for the Spartans. Of her 36 hits in 2019, she had 12 doubles, a triple and three home runs. She had 29 RBI's on the year for M State. 

Rylie Wilner

Atwater, MN

Ridgewater College

Rylie Wilner, a freshman at Ridgewater College, hit for a .440 average and scored 39 Warrior runs this past spring. Wilner had 29 stolen bases to lead the Minnesota College Athletic Conference in that category.

Megan Iverson

Hudson, WI

Anoka-Ramsey Community College  

Megan Iverson, a freshman at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, had 14 doubles and a triple among her 46 hits for ARCC this season. Iverson stole ten bases and hit for a .479 season batting average. 

   

 

2019 MCAC Southern Division

Second Team

Sunny Strait

Minnetonka, MN

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Sunny Strait, was a key part of the Anoka-Ramsey Community College offense and pitching in 2019. Strait notched 12 wins and a save from the circle, including four shutouts.  At the plate, Strait hit 13 home runs and drove in 43 RBI's. She collected 100 total bases for ARCC.

Alexa Mortenson

Ulen, MN

M State-Fergus Falls

Alexa Mortenson appeared in 25 games for M State-Fergus Falls in 2019, hitting .349 with 19 RBI. She scored 28 times herself and collected seven steals for the Spartans. 

Allison Stafke

New York Mills, MN

M State-Fergus Falls

Allison Stafke, a freshman at M State-Fergus Falls collected 38 hits this past spring, notching a .487 average with three triples. She also hit a home run and had eight doubles, resulting in 55 total bases for the Spartans. 

Morgan Scheiber

Maple Lake, MN

St. Cloud Technical & Community College

Morgan Scheiber, a sophomore at St. Cloud Technical & Community College was solid behind the plate for the Cyclones in 2019.  She hit for a .313 average, driving in 24 runs and scoring 38 times. Scheiber also stole seven bases and hit a home run for SCTCC.

Aby Kienholz

Willmar, MN

Ridgewater College

Aby Kienholz, a sophomore at Ridgewater College drove in 33 RBI's and scored 26 more runs herself, while hitting for a .447 average. She stole 11 bases and knocked three home runs on the season. 

Kayla Trisko

Zimmerman, MN

St. Cloud Technical & Community College

Kayla Trisko, a freshman at St. Cloud Technical & Community College, scored 51 times this season for SCTCC. She was force on the basepaths, stealing 27 bases while also hitting for a .424 season average. 

Cleopatra Nystrom

Stillwater, MN

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Cleopatra Nystrom, a Anoka-Ramsey Community College sophomore stole 28 bases this past season, good for second in the Conference. Nystrom also scored 53 times, drove in 28 RBI and hit four homers. Appearing in 39 contests, the Golden Ram hit for a .449 season average. 

McKayla Swenson

Rose Creek, MN

Riverland Community College

McKayla Swenson, a sophomore at Riverland Community College, racked up 22 hits in 69 at-bats for the Blue Devils. Swenson drew seven walks, hit a home run and scored 11 time for Riverland in 2019. 

 

Anne Carlson

New York Mills, MN

M State-Fergus Falls

Anne Carlson hit .386 for the M State Spartan squad in 2019, driving in 34 runs. She scored 20 times, stole five bases and had on on-base percentage of .517 for her team. 

                                  

 

 2019 MCAC Southern Division

Honorable Mention

Danielle Hinz

Riverland Community College

Macky Warne

M State-Fergus Falls 

Larady Lange

Ridgewater College

Autumn Slowiak

Ridgewater College

Cassie Voth

Rochester Community & Technical College

Conference leaders at the following links:

MCAC Statistical Leaders: http://www.mcacsports.org/sports/sball/2018-19/leaders

MCAC Standings: http://www.mcacsports.org/sports/sball/2018-19/standings

 

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