Labette softball saw four of its players earn All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference honors on Wednesday, headlined by First Team selection Audrey Miller.
In addition to Miller, third baseman Julia Hawkins and pitcher Haylee Van Deventer earned Second Team recognition, while Payton Nigh was an honorable mention selection.
Congratulations to the 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣9️⃣ All-KJCCC selections‼️— LMFC Softball (@LCCSB) May 8, 2019
🥇 Audrey Miller
🥈 Haylee Van Deventer, Julia Hawkins
🥉 Payton Nigh pic.twitter.com/8AWcgi8K9Z
Miller, a freshman catcher from Tonganoxie, has been Labette’s best bat this spring as she leads the Cardinals in batting average (.424), home runs (11), RBI (41), extra base hits (22) and slugging percentage (.776). Defensively, Miller has caught 15 runners from behind the plate out of 38 attempts.
Hawkins, a freshman out of Eufala, Oklahoma, is third on Labette’s roster in batting average (.315). She’s also second in RBI (23) and extra base hits (14) and is the only Cardinals batter with multiple triples (2).
As for Van Deventer, the sophomore pitcher out of Pawnee, Oklahoma has thrown a team-high 104.1 innings with a team-best 82 strikeouts while maintaining a 3.29 ERA.
Finally for Nigh, a sophomore shortstop from Kansas City, she’s second on the Labette roster in batting average (.328) while 20 RBI and nine extra base hits.
Cowley’s Ashton Friend was named the KJCCC Division II Most Valuable Player, Hesston’s Chelsea Smith was the Freshman of the Year and Andrew Sharp of Hesston was the Coach of the Year.
Highland had the most First Team selections with four, while Johnson County led in total selections with nine — six of which were honorable mentions.
The Cardinals head to Topeka for the next round of the NJCAA Region VI Tournament on Saturday. Labette will face Cowley in the first round of the four-team, double elimination District E bracket at noon.
2019 KJCCC DIVISION II
MVP: Ashton Friend, Cowley
Freshman of the Year: Chelsea Smith, Hesston
Coach of the Year: Andrew Sharp, Hesston
1B, Alexis Hodapp, So., Highland
2B, Bella Konieczka, Fr., Highland
SS, Haleigh Scott, So., Cowley
3B, Chevelle Sartin, Fr., Highland
UT, Christian Wind, Fr., Cowley
OF, Ashton Friend, So., Cowley
OF, Hannah Schmidt, Fr. Highland
OF, Macie Cervantes, Fr. Allen
C, Audrey Miller, Fr., Labette
P, Chelsea Smith, Fr., Hesston
P, Kerrigan Dixon, So., Johnson County
P, Kaelee Escoe, So., Neosho County
1B, Kinsley Stewart, So., Neosho County
2B, Trey Burkhardt, So., Johnson County
SS, Jessie Miranda, Fr., Hesston
SS, Hannah Redick, Fr., Kansas City Kansas
3B, Kaylen Lassley, So., Hesston
3B, Julia Hawkins, Fr., Labette
UT, Amy Bretado, Fr., Hesston
OF, Devin Purcell, Fr., Kansas City Kansas
OF, Alyssa Wesley, So., Highland
OF, Lexi Avalos, So., Hesston
C, Kerry Murphy, So., Johnson County
C, Skylar Darnell, Fr., Cowley
P, Haylee Van Deventer, So., Labette
P, Bailey Lacy, Fr., Highland
Madisyn Thompson, Fr., Allen
Meg Kirk, Fr., Allen
Kalyn Stigall, Fr., Cowley
Taylor Hinnenkamp, So., Cowley
Paige Bittle, Fr., Hesston
Kami Zimmerman, So., Highland
Cassidy Geer, So., Highland
Kelsy Orender, So., Johnson County
Jordyn Clough, So., Johnson County
Dezman Duncan, Fr., Johnson County
Emily Fox, Fr., Johnson County
Ivy Brewer, Fr., Johnson County
Megan Weigel, Fr., Johnson County
Payton Nigh, So., Labette
Sierra Spurlock, So., Neosho County
Alyssa Rogers, Fr., Neosho County