INDIANAPOLIS – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference released its 2019 season awards Wednesday, May 8, with the Hanover College softball team receiving three honors.
Junior Shelby Edington (New Goshen, Ind.) received her first all-conference award Wednesday, while sophomore Mackenzie Smith (Jeffersonville, Ind.) is now a two-time selection. Both players were named to the honorable mention team.
Edington paced the Panthers offensively, posting the conference's third-best batting average this season, .396, and hit .404 in league play. The junior added a team-high 22 RBI, 22 runs scored and 11 extra-base hits -- seven doubles and four home runs -- this spring. Edington started and finished strong, posting a 10-game hitting streak to open the 2019 campaign, while also going 4-for-7 with six RBI in the season-finale doubleheader. One of the toughest players to strikeout in the HCAC this season, Edington ranks 39th nationally with a strikeout-per-at-bat clip of 53.0.
Smith, a two-time honorable mention choice, was also tough to "K" this season, doing just once every 27 at-bats. The sophomore hit .299 for the spring, scoring 16 times and driving in 10 runs. She also led the team and set a new career high with six stolen bases. Smith hit safely in all but one doubleheader this season.
Hanover's HCAC Christopher M. Ragsdale all-sportsmanship selection was sophomore Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.). Beurman, who has been named to the sportsmanship team in both of her years with the Blue and Red, was HC's pitching ace this spring, appearing 27 times, including 20 starts. The sophomore went 8-11 with a 2.61 earned run average, and her 147 season strikeouts led the HCAC and ranks 24th across NCAA Division III.
The Panthers concluded the 2019 season with a 13-21 overall mark. Hanover was 6-10 in HCAC play and finished seventh in the final conference standings.
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