Franklin's Blevins & Transylvania's Morton Win Top HCAC Softball Awards

Franklin's Blevins & Transylvania's Morton Win Top HCAC Softball Awards

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Franklin College's Savannah Blevins (Wilkinson, Ind. / Eastern Hancock) and Transylvania University's Renae Morton (Olivet, Mich. / Olivet) have been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The All-HCAC squad is selected by a vote of the nine conference head coaches.

Savannah Blevins, a senior first baseman for the Grizzlies, guided her team to a 9-6 record during the HCAC softball regular season. She was the leader of the Franklin offensive effort all season long, hitting .440 at the plate with a conference-best slugging percentage of .940 in league play.  Blevins also led the conference with seven home runs and 47 total bases, and was second in the HCAC with 19 RBI. 

Renae Morton, a junior pitcher for the Pioneers, was outstanding in the circle this year. She posted a 6-3 record with two saves during conference play this season.  The senior recorded a 1.40 earned run average, allowing 13 earned runs in 65.0 innings of work.  Morton struck out 62 opponents during the conference season and notched eight complete games.

The HCAC has also awarded the Freshman of the Year award to Defiance's Brooke Gostomsky (Covington, Ohio / Covington).  Gostomsky hit .489 her freshman season, scoring 13 runs with five doubles and 17 RBI in conference action.  The Yellow Jackets finished the season 25-17 overall and finished the conference schedule 10-5.

Defiance College's head coach Jodie Holava has been named HCAC Coach of the Year for the first time in her career. Holava led the Yellow Jackets to a 25-17 mark and a 10-5 record in the HCAC this season, including a third place finish in the conference standings. 

Most Valuable Player: Savannah Blevins, Franklin College

Pitcher of the Year: Renae Morton, Transylvania University

Freshman of the Year: Brooke Gostomsky, Defiance College

Coach of the Year: Jodie Holava, Defiance College

First Team All-HCAC

Savannah Blevins

Franklin

Senior

1B

Samantha Ausmus

Anderson

Junior

1B

Shelby Bailey

Transylvania

Senior

2B

Brooke Gostomsky

Defiance

Freshman

3B

Megan Warren

Defiance

Senior

C

Savannah Sturgill

Mount St. Joseph

Sophomore

C

Megan Wade

Anderson

Senior

DP

Morgan Hoehn

Mount St. Joseph

Senior

OF

Dabney Skutt

Hanover

Junior

OF

Morgan Kain

Mount St. Joseph

Senior

OF

Megan Lalioff

Franklin

Senior

OF

Renae Morton

Transylvania

Junior

P

Sarah Kaya

Defiance

Junior

P

Rachel Fiscus

Anderson

Senior

P

Brittany Mumford

Transylvania

Sophomore

SS

Alexis Tarver

Franklin

Junior

UTIL

Second Team All-HCAC

Shakira Perez

Manchester

Freshman

1B

Jackie Hartman

Defiance

Sophomore

2B

Taylar Kelso

Anderson

Senior

3B

DJ Martz

Anderson

Freshman

C

Sydney Motell

Transylvania

Freshman

DP

Monica Collins

Franklin

Sophomore

OF

Shelby Gambrell

Transylvania

Sophomore

OF

Markie Wood

Anderson

Junior

OF

Jordan Osborne

Defiance

Sophomore

OF

Danielle Nichelson

Mount St. Joseph

Junior

P

Olivia Paszek

Franklin

Junior

P

Sydney Griffin

Hanover

Sophomore

P

Gabby Ritchey

Hanover

Senior

SS

Brandy Bunch

Mount St. Joseph

Sophomore

UTIL

Honorable Mention All-HCAC

Morgan Burke

Anderson

Senior

UTIL

Emily Scupholm

Bluffton

Senior

P

Jessie Madzia

Bluffton

Junior

P

Jamie Kimbler

Defiance

Sophomore

P

Taylor Johnson

Franklin

Senior

C

McKenzie Writt

Hanover

Junior

IF

Kate Skeens

Manchester

Sophomore

3B

Paige Kiesewetter

Mount St. Joseph

Senior

P/IF

Morgan Dreyer

Rose-Hulman

Senior

C/UTIL

Jessica Will

Rose-Hulman

Junior

2B/OF

Janelle Hynes Transylvania Freshman C/OF

All-Sportsmanship Team

Katy Johnson

Anderson

Sophomore

IF

Chelsea Zoltowski

Bluffton

Junior

1B

Emily Denhard

Defiance

Senior

OF

Jessica Thom

Franklin

Senior

3B

Anna Phillippe

Hanover

Senior

P

Chloe Hensley

Manchester

Senior

IF

Katie Hoelmer

Mount St. Joseph

Senior

IF

Maddie Struble

Rose-Hulman

Sophomore

C/1B

Lauren Willett Transylvania Senior IF