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Lady E-Hawks Earn All Conference Recognition

By Staff | Jul 23, 2015

The 2015 softball season has come to a close locally but several members of Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawk Softball team were honored with recognition on the 2015 Lakes Conference All Conference Teams.

The League Elite Teams were selected this past weekend following balloting by the coaches of the eight conference squads.

For Coach Travis Birkey and the Lady E-Hawks, five players earned post-season recognition on the All Conference teams.

Leading the way for Emmetsburg was sophomore infielder Sarah Simington.

Sarah Simington spent most of her season at second base and was a solid hitter, as she batted .244 on the season, playing in 34 games and going to the plate 86 times. She scored 15 runs off 21 hits, with two doubles and seven RBI’s along with seven sacrifice hits. Simington was walked 14 times and struck out on 17 occasions. In the fielding department, Simington tallied 31 put outs, 40 assists and made 78 catches while committing seven errors on the season for a fielding percentage of .910.

Named to the Lakes Conference Second Team All Conference squad were junior pitcher Hali Noll and sophomore outfielder Ashley Overberg.

Hali Noll would make 21 starts on the year in the pitching circle for Emmetsburg and played in 24 games, also seeing action at first base. The junior hurler finished the 2015 campaign with a record of 11-9 in the circle for the Lady E-Hawks.

Noll pitched 142 2/3 innings and faced 623 batters, allowing 180 hits and 106 runs, of which 75 were earned runs. Noll issued 23 walks, earned 98 strikeouts and hit nine batters with pitches for a 3.69 Earned Run Average, as her opponents had a cumulative .289 batting average during the season.

Noll would play in 33 games and went to the plate 94 times, scoring six runs off 18 hits with four doubles and seven RBI’s, one sacrifice, 16 walks and 16 strikeouts for a .191 batting average. Fielding, Noll made 97 put outs with 31 assists, had 132 catches and committed just four errors for a fielding percentage of .970.

Ashley Overberg held down an outfielder’s position during the season and in 26 games, batted 87 times and scored 21 runs off 33 hits with one double, a triple and a home run for 15 RBI’s with one sacrifice. Overberg drew six walks, struck out six times and stole 12 bases to lead Emmetsburg’s varsity with a .379 batting average. Fielding, Overberg made 32 putouts with 34 catches and committed two errors for a fielding percenting of .941.

Rounding out Emmetsburg’s honorees for the season were senior Alexa Naig and sophomore Kate Jackson, as they were accorded Honorable Mention recognition.

Alexa Naig was a fixture in left field for the majority of the season as one of three seniors on the team. Naig would play in 34 game and went to the plate 92 times, scoring 26 runs off 28 hits with four doubles, three triples and two home runs for 16 RBI’s with four sacrifices. Naig drew 22 walks and struck out 22 times while stealing eight bases to earn a .304 batting average.

In the outfield, Alexa made 25 put outs, made 26 catches and committed one error for a defensive percentage of .962.

Kate Jackson was solid in the shortstop’s position in the infield for Emmetsburg and over 33 games, went to the plate 95 times and scored 19 runs off 26 hits with three doubles for eight RBI’s while issuing two sacrifices while drawing 14 walks and striking out 11 times with six stolen bases and was hit by pitches twice to amass a .274 batting average.

Kate made 37 put outs with 96 catches and dished out 47 assists for outs while committing 12 errors for a fielding percentage of .875.