Six Point Park Players earn All-AMC recognition
May 5, 2009
CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Six Point Park softball players earned a spot on the All-American Mideast Conference team, which was announced by the league office this week.
Christie Schroeder, Courtney Cain and Kristen Zelenka were each named to the All-AMC second team while Zoe Hughes, Missy Meighan and Lindsey Pesanka were All-AMC honorable-mention selections.
Thirteen players were named to the first team, and 12 were named to the second team. The first team included eight position players, three pitchers, a designated player and a utility player. The second team did not include a designated player.
Although they fell short of the All-AMC first team, Schroeder and Zelenka were included in the group of 18 AMC players who were nominated for NAIA All-American consideration.
Schroeder (Baldwin/Baldwin) was the All-AMC second-team catcher for the second-straight year. The junior backstop led the Pioneers with a .366 batting average, and her 11 doubles ranked eighth in the league. She drove in 18 runs and posted career highs in home runs (three) and slugging percentage (.581). Last season, Schroeder batted .440 with 21 RBIs.
Over the last two weeks of the season, Schroeder was one of the hottest hitters in the AMC. She went 6-for-6 with four RBIs in a doubleheader versus Walsh (April 14), and that performance was the start of a 10-game hitting streak to end the season. Schroeder hit .453 in AMC play to lead the Pioneers.
Cain (Homestead/Steel Valley) was selected as the utility player on the All-AMC second team and earned all-conference honors for the first time in her career. Cain split time as a first baseman, catcher and designated hitter, and she enjoyed a breakout season as a junior.
Cain registered career highs in nearly every offensive category including average (.353), home runs (five), RBIs (20) and slugging percentage (.612). Cain led the Pioneers in homers and slugging and was tied for the team lead in RBIs. In the AMC, she ranked seventh in home runs and 10th in slugging.
Cain tied Schroeder for the longest hitting streak on the team when she hit safely in 10 straight games in the middle of the season. She hit two home runs in a key victory over Carlow April 23.
Zelenka (Washington/Trinity) became one of the toughest pitchers in the AMC in her first year at Point Park. The sophomore transfer from Fairmont State ranked in the top 10 in the AMC in earned-run average (third, 1.90), opponent’s batting average (fourth, .247), strikeouts (sixth, 77) and innings pitched (ninth, 110.2).
She had 13 complete games in 14 starts and posted three shutouts. She had a record of 8-6 with two saves and was tied with teammate Abbie Heigel (DuBois/DuBois Central Catholic) for the team lead in wins and saves.
Zelenka won six straight decisions in March and threw two one hitters during that streak to win the AMC Pitcher of the Week award. She struck out a career-high 11 batters in a 10-inning performance versus Walsh (April 14).
Hughes (Butler/Knoch) started 34 games in center field, which tied for the team lead in games started. Hughes, a freshman, was second on the team with a .354 batting average, and she hit .426 in conference games. Overall, Hughes had a .455 slugging percentage. Hughes led the Pioneers in hits (35), on-base percentage (.420), stolen bases (eight) and outfield assists (six).
Pesanka (Baldwin/Baldwin) earned honorable-mention all-conference honors for the second-straight year. The sophomore shortstop was the Pioneers leader on defense, and she scored a team-high 25 runs. Pesanka hit .274 with 13 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .405. She struck out just seven times, which was the lowest figure among the starters.
Last year, Pesanka was named the AMC North Division Freshman of the Year after hitting .348 with 21 RBIs.
Meighan (North Versailles/East Allegheny) enjoyed an outstanding senior season in which she set career highs in almost every category. The senior left fielder had a career-high .305 batting average and was tied with Cain for the team lead with a career-best 20 RBIs.
Meighan hit safely in the last seven games of the season and hit .416 over the final week and a half as the Pioneers made their playoff push. Meighan was an honorable-mention All-AMC North choice in 2006.
AMC regular season and tournament champion Notre Dame earned two of the top individual honors. The Falcons had the AMC Player of the Year in third baseman Anna Ball, and Amy Kyler was chosen as the AMC Coach of the Year. Candace White of Mt. Vernon Nazarene was named the AMC Pitcher of the Year.
This year, the AMC was not divided into North and South division as in the past.
Point Park’s all-conference players led the Pioneers to a record of 22-14 overall an 10-10 in the AMC. The 22 wins marked the most victories by the program in nine years, and third-year coach Michelle Coultas set a career-high for wins in a season. Point Park missed the AMC playoffs by one game.