The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 3, 2013

Neosho's Ketcham makes all-MIAA team


From staff reports

— Neosho High School product Kreslee Ketcham, a senior first baseman at Pittsburg State, was named to the all-MIAA softball team, which was released on Thursday.

Ketcham, who leads the Gorillas with a .373 batting average and 12 home runs, is in the top 15 in the conference in most offensive categories.

Missouri Southern junior outfielder Shelby Romines earned second-team honors, while sophomore second baseman Brooke Swadley and freshman outfielder Alana Hester received honorable mention.

Romines, of Ozark, Mo., led the Lions with a .364 batting average with 56 hits, 13 doubles and seven home runs. Swadley, of Purdy, Mo., hit .278 with 37 hits, seven doubles and a triple. Hester, of Wildwood, Mo., hit .306 with 53 hits and a team-high 41 runs as the leadoff hitter.

Pittsburg State junior outfielder Tiffany Brown joined Ketcham on the first team. Freshman shortstop Jordan Bradshaw, junior outfielder Brenna George and senior catcher Kayla Sears earned honorable mentions for the Gorillas.

Brown, of Catoosa, Okla., leads the Gorillas in doubles (11) and slugging percentage (.662) and on-base percentage (.453), while hitting .371. Bradshaw, of Raymore, Mo., is hitting .257 with a team-best 27 walks. George, of Larned, Kan., is hitting .310 with 46 runs and 24 stolen bases. Sears, of Augusta, Kan., is hitting .310 with seven doubles and four home runs.

Fort Hays State senior Maddie Holub earned player of the year and pitcher of the year honors after leading the MIAA in ERA, batting average and home runs.

Emporia State catcher Amanda Self was the defensive player of the year, and Emporia State’s designated player Cacy Williams was freshman of the year. Coach of the year went to Fort Hays State’s Erin Klinberger.