INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - For the second time in as many years, Mount St. Joseph softball coach Beth Goderwis has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference coach of the year. Also for the secon year in a row Sarah Miller (Fishers, Ind./St. Theodore Guerin) was named a first-team All-HCAC selection, in the annual awards announced by the HCAC today.
Miller, the Lions ace, was the lone representative on the All-HCAC first team this season. This year Miller led a Lions pitching staff that was ranked among the nation's top-10 for lowest team ERA for much of the season. She finished atop the HCAC with an ERA of 1.45, second in wins with 16, and third with 95 strikeouts.
Joining Miller on the All-HCAC honor roll was a pair of sophomores Gracie Woodyard (Plainfield, Ind. /Avon) and Alehia Tucker (Covington, Ky./Holy Cross). The two were defensive stalwarts for The Mount this season, with Woodyard patrolling centerfield and Tucker holding down shortstop. The two positions are extremely important for a team like the Lions which are built on pitching and defense. Tucker was also huge for the Lions atop the lineup with a .363 batting average, 3 homeruns and a team-high 29 RBI, all while stealing an HCAC best 24 of 25 bases. Woodyard finished the season batting .276 with 7 doubles and 17 RBI.
Joining Tucker and Woodyard on the second team was freshman fireballer Kamryn McCool (Brookville, Ind. /Franklin Co.). McCool spent most of the season coming out of the bullpen for The Mount but was absolutely dominant in her first season. Despite only starting four games this season she racked up 10 wins, was second on the team with 75.2 innings and a 1.58 ERA, also tying for third in the HCAC with 95 strikeouts.
Representing the Lions as honorable mention All-HCAC was senior catcher Savannah Sturgill (West Harrison, Ind. /East Central). Who despite playing the second half of the season with a broken thumb, hit .333 for the year with 3 homeruns and 27 RBI. Olivia Quick (Sunman, Ind. /East Central) was named to the Christopher M. Ragsdale All-Sportsmanship team
Coach Goderwis was again recognized by the conference as the HCAC Coach of the Year, for her teams unbelievable run this season. The Lions started the season losing five of their first nine games of the season. They then closed the season winning 28 of 29 games, to finish with a program record 33 regular season wins. Despite having an outstanding senior class, that will be difficult to replace, the Lions were still very young in spots. Thus the steady hand of Goderwis and assistant coach Dee Dee Morris were vital in the Lions success this season.